Make the Most of Your Workout Time Starting Today
Are you tired of working out every day and seeing few, if any, results? If so, today’s tips are for you. Here, we’ll take a look at a few ways that you can make the most of your time at the gym so that you can maximize your physical fitness endeavour's.
Work with a personal trainer.
Working with a personal trainer can help you discover what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong. The right personal trainer can also share with you industry secrets that you might not be able to uncover by browsing the internet alone. Ian Glass Fitness offers personal training and has been helping people in the Hartlepool area for the last 20+ years. If you can commit to twice per week and are ready to make real progress, you’re the ideal candidate for personal training.
Keep track of your records.
Before you begin any type of diet or exercise routine, it’s crucial that you start with a baseline. Keep records, whether it’s a Word doc or spreadsheet, that allow you to see your gains and losses. Use spreadsheets so that you can access these from your phone, which is especially important when discussing your goals with your personal trainer. If you’re not sure how to use PDF’s, Adobe can help; click here for more info.
Warm up properly.
Warming up is a great way to prepare yourself both physically and mentally before you jump headfirst into a workout. To warm up, the NHS recommends walking, jogging, or doing squats. Don’t forget to cool down after your exercise to help your body return back to a resting state.
Set specific and measurable goals.
Setting goals is important in every aspect of life, and your workout routine is no different. Having goals gives you directions and helps you identify the steps you need to take to get to where you want to be. A specific and measurable goal is one that’s clearly stated with a purpose and intent.
Use the right form.
You can work out all day, every day, and not see results if you’re not using the right form. In addition to ensuring that your muscles experience the movement they need, having good form can also reduce injuries, which means you’ll miss the gym less often.
Drink enough water.
If you want to maintain your performance levels, drink up. Drinking enough water helps your body replenish the fluid you lose as you sweat – you will sweat whether you’re lifting weights or doing cardio. Avoid the temptation to ingest sugary sports drinks, as water is the ideal drink to rehydrate every cell in your body.
Fuel your body.
Your body needs fuel to get the most out of its activity. Make a point to eat a balance of carbohydrates and protein before you work out. Carbs give you energy, while protein helps repair your muscles, according to the YMCA.
Allow time for rest and recovery.
You have to give each muscle group a day or two off after an intense workout. The 8Fit blog explains that this is because, without rest, you won’t see strength gains. A good rule of thumb is to listen to your body. If you feel like you need a day to rest, take it. Your personal trainer can help you come up with an activity schedule that best suits your body type, fitness experience, and overall goals.
To make the most of your workout, follow the advice above. From hiring a personal trainer to tracking your records, setting goals, and staying hydrated, today’s tips can help you see results so that you can live the life in the body you desire.
If you’re looking for a personal trainer that will listen and help you refine and achieve your goals, contact Ian Glass. He’s been helping people transform their lives for the last two decades.
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