While regular workouts are good for you, it is natural to want to get as much out of them as possible. After all, no one starts going to the gym just to get acceptable results – you want to be in the best shape of your life!
Below are three quick tips to keep in mind and help you get everything you can out of your daily routine. These will aid in getting you in tip-top shape in no time!
Listen to Music
Music is not just a good way to keep your mind occupied while working out – it has scientifically-researched benefits as well! Research shows that music can increase endurance and elevate your mood. In fact, in one study while listening to music people were able to run farther and swim longer than when they were not.
What is considered to be the best workout music will vary from person to person. Some people find high energy options work best, while others prefer looking at other factors, such as the lyrical cadence and the memories that specific songs evoke. So, do not worry if your preferred workout music is out of the norm – the music that works specifically for you is always the best workout music you can have.
Carb Load Before Workouts
Carb loading is a nutrition strategy used to boost exercise performance, and is not just a concept meant for marathon runners – many commentators recommend it before general workouts as well. You should make sure to take a carb-heavy pre workout so that your body has enough fuel to burn, especially if you are planning a high-intensity workout. However, it is not suitable for everyone, as it can cause digestive discomfort and blood sugar changes in some.
Have a Dynamic Warm-Up
I have seen it many times – stretches are usually what people choose for their warm-up routine. However, this is not enough or perhaps even appropriate.
Ideally, you should consider a dynamic warm-up. This type of warm-up is meant to get your body moving without making you tired. It can help improve your range of motion, allowing you to push further during your gym routine, and reduce your risk of injury (among other benefits).
The specific exercises you will perform will differ between individuals and the type of workout you are planning), but some common options include hip circles, arm circles, and spinal rotations.
Above are three quick tips to help you make more of your workouts, although there are many other ways.
Personally, I prefer to exercise without music, but many friends love it. A number of my clients swear by carb-loading, whilst other roll their eyes. And, finally, I have lost count the number of times I have watched exercisers in the park just do a quad stretch followed by pulling each arm across the body and then go straight into a run! And they wonder why they get muscle ‘niggles’ and injuries.
Ultimately, your workout regime (including music type, pre-workout food, and warm-up routine) will involve some degree of trial and error. See what works for you and what does not – the goal of hitting the gym on a regular and consistent basis, and finding it enjoyable, it many people’s desire (and these tips will help).
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