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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Workout
No one embarks on an exercise or a new gym routine with the ambition of mediocre results. As a rule of thumb, you start working out with an aim in mind, and it could be improved muscle mass, fat loss, or simply improved health and fitness. Follow some of these top tips to help you achieve your goals and get the most out of your workouts.
Put in the work
As much as nobody wants to read it, there are no shortcuts to performance gains in fitness. If you have a goal to achieve, the best and most efficient way is to show up and put in the work. If you skip a session, make up for it another day. Fitness pros love the mantra; the only workout you will regret is the one you didn’t do, and they champion it for a reason. So be prepared to stick to your plan and show up; you will not reach your goals if you do not do the work.
Get better sleep
It’s all very well showing up, but if you do so when overtired and on a poor night’s sleep, your performance will likely be inhibited. What is more, sleep is one of the best means of recovery for your body. It is time to prioritize sleep and ensure you get a solid night of peaceful Zs.
To get the best out of your workout, you need to be properly fuelled and hydrated. A car cannot run on empty, and neither can you. Your body needs food for energy and water for hydration. When you work out, you will sweat, and as a result, your body will dip into its water supplies. It will also dip into its energy reserves from the food you fuel your body with, so be sure that you have not only fuelled it but fuelled it well.
Consider professional advice
Professional advice in this context comes in many forms. It could be that you need help devising a workout regime that suits you and promotes the goals you are trying to reach. If that is the case, consider speaking with a personal trainer to help provide you with their expert advice on the types of workouts you should be doing, a schedule, and motivation.
Alternatively, if you have aches or pains preventing you from working out to your full capacity, you may seek advice from a physical therapist. Or perhaps your motivation and feelings of fatigue go past needing a little encouragement, and medical advice is best sought. There could be any number of reasons that are leaving you feeling demotivated and tired before a workout, such as low iron levels or a hormonal imbalance.
All of these can be treated in simple steps by increasing the iron in your diet, undergoing testosterone replacement therapy where needed, or simply taking a tablet each day.