I am not the kind of person who working out comes naturally to. I’m not an early riser bird that gets the worm by trade – I have to make an effort and force myself out of bed hours before I have to be at work. Unlike Tim, I just don’t have a knack of things nutrition or fitness which is why I had no idea what to do and found myself Googling “how to boost your workout” more than once.
How to boost your workout
I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately on things fitness specifically workout tips to boost my workouts. I’ve learned a lot! And in good blogger fashion, I figured I’d share a few tips!
Eat before and after.
Food is your body’s fuel. It is super important to give your body fuel before your workouts so you have energy. Before your workout opt for slow digesting grains like oatmeal, whole grains, or sweet potatoes. After your workouts are just as important! Your body needs to restore electrolytes and use protein to build back. Coconut water is a great way to get hydrated post workout and so are smoothies. When it comes to protein you can go with a shake if you’re on the go or you can keep hard boiled eggs for a grab and go.
Staying hydrated seems like a no brainer but the truth is that many of us forget about the before and after. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout. Getting dehydrated can be dangerous if you faint so keep a water bottle handle and stay healthy.
Stretch before and after your workout.
No one wants to get hurt during their workouts yet many of us (myself included) forget to stretch before and/or after our workout. Stretching before your workout helps reduce injury and warm up your body so that it is getting the most out of your sweat sesh. After your done, stretching is vital to help keep flexibility and can help prevent soreness. It doesn’t have to be anything extensive either. You can do a quick warm up on the treadmill followed by a minute of stretching or try some easy yoga poses to help get your body into the flow.
Follow a routine.
They say the hardest part of working out is actually getting to the gym. Following a routine is a great way to help you stay consistent and getting into a nice grove.
Schedule days off.
Scheduling days off is one of the biggest ways you can boost your workout! If you have set days off you can prevent feeling burnt out. It seems counterintuitive that a day off would help you work out more but in the long run, it does! You won’t get frustrated and knowing you have a day off helps you get through the workouts every time. When I’m ready to give up I always remember that my next day of doing nothing is just a day or two away.
Keep it balanced.
It is easy to fall into the same rut of only doing cardio or favoring one machine over the others. But to really get a great workout and get the most out of it, make sure you keep it balanced. And that doesn’t just go for what you’re doing! You also want to make sure that you are working out your body evenly. Don’t skip leg day! Pay attention to your shoulders. Give your whole body attention.
Know your goals.
Knowing your goals is a big part of having an effective workout. If you are working out just to work out, you might end up with results you don’t want. Your goals will also help keep you motivated!
Work out with a buddy.
Gym friends and work out buddies are great for support. They keep you motivated and help keep you accountable. And working out with someone else can help keep you from feeling bored or burnt out as well. If you are on the shyer side you can also look into podcasts or workout accountability groups! And don’t forget the killer music and badass playlist.