If you have a workout routine in place, then we have to say ‘Well Done!’ Many of us use excuses to avoid doing any kind of fitness in the first place – the weather is too cold, I just don’t have the time – and we barely get started doing anything worthwhile. But if you have actually made time for fitness, then you are heading in the right direction.
Are you making the most out of your time? No matter what you do, be that running around the park or lifting weights in the gym, you need to find ways to make the most of your workout routine.
Tracking your progress
Is your workout working for you? The first thing you need to do is set yourself some goals, be that losing a few extra pounds or gaining some extra muscle. Then mark your progress in a fitness journal, so you know how close you are to achieving your goals. If progress is slow, it may be that you need to change up your routine – run for longer, use different weights – to edge closer to the targets you have set yourself.
Boosting your energy before your workout
Your workout will screech to a grinding halt if you tire easily. So, at least an hour before you embark on your routine, eat something to boost the energy levels in your body. A banana is a good option, as it provides a healthy level of carbohydrates. Experts also suggest dried fruits, egg white, and oatmeal as helpful ways to build your energy. You might also use vitamins, protein shakes and protein bars to prepare your body for what you’re about to do. What you shouldn’t do is eat anything sugary as you will hit a sugar crash, or eat a heavy meal shortly before your workout as you will feel uncomfortable and sluggish and give up early.
Trying something new
A workout routine can become just that – a routine – if you don’t spice things up a little. To help you enjoy what you are doing, and to give you that incentive to work out for longer, mix up what you are doing. If you are going for a run, change direction once in a while, and take those paths less travelled to get a change of scenery. If you are at the gym, do something you have never done before, such as swinging a kettlebell or taking a class in a new skill. Do anything other than what you have done a hundred times before, because not only will you up the fun factor but you might also up your fitness level too.
If you don’t know what you’re doing when you are working out, you might not be making the most of your opportunities. To ensure you are on the right path, seek support from those people who fully know what they are doing. So, if you are running, you might do it with the aid of a running coach, and if you are at the gym, you might seek the advice of a fitness trainer. And if you have any friends who claim to have expertise in any area, put their claims to the test by asking them to be your workout buddy.
So, don’t waste the time you have working out. You have already made positive steps in working on your health and fitness, that it only makes sense to maximise your time and potential. We hope our suggestions were useful, but if you have any other pieces of advice for our readers, be sure to let us know.