Monday, July 8, 2019

How to be Fighting Fit for Your Next Workout

It's easy to think of a workout as a means of becoming stronger, bigger, faster, and more resilient. While those are certainly the intended results, it's an unfortunate truth that exercising in the wrong way or living a lifestyle that's not conducive to recovery can actually cause your workouts to become a source of nothing more than fatigue and wear and tear on your body. Luckily, you can position yourself for the best possible experience during your next workout by taking some of the following steps.

Ensure Optimal Hydration

Drinking plenty of water ensures that your circulatory system can optimally pump blood and nutrients to every muscle in your body. However, sometimes consuming water orally doesn't work fast enough to alleviate symptoms of fatigue and hangover from previous workouts. If you're an athlete or serious exercise enthusiast who needs to recover fast and ensure scientifically perfect hydration before each workout, then you might want to consider a pre-work IV hydration therapy session from a popular provider like

Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep deprivation will undoubtedly hurt your endurance, maximum, strength output capability, and the responsiveness of your muscle fibers. In other words, if you don't get enough sleep, you're going to feel tired, weak, and slow during your exercise. Generally, you should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night to ensure an optimal workout experience.

Eat a Pre-Workout Snack or Shake

Science has proven that giving your body an energy boost with pre-workout nutrition is one of the most reliable ways to prevent premature fatigue and exhaustion during strenuous activity. Try to avoid a filling meal and go for an easily digestible shake or snack bar instead. It's best to eat your pre-workout snack about 30 minutes to an hour before your workout for best results, as your body's metabolism and electrolyte system will be at peak performance after digesting a fresh batch of nutrients

Allow Healing Time Between Workouts

Not allowing adequate healing time is the most common mistake made by novice to intermediate fitness enthusiasts. This is especially problematic when you're first getting into a routine, as you can easily overwork yourself by not taking days off due to overzealousness. The easiest way to know when to resume exercise is to pay attention to how you feel. If you're still incredibly sore and you don't fell up to it, give it a day or two. Those signs are letting you know that your body is still working on rebuilding the muscle fibers that you worked on in the previous workout.

Poor Preparation and Leads to Poor Results

Ultimately, the preparation you do before the workout is equally important as the approach your take during each repetition. Like everything else in life, getting good results with exercise is about setting yourself up for success – with rest, recuperation, and nutrition.

Over-training is Your Worst Enemy

Don't get caught up in the extremist hype that says you're supposed to “push your body's limits by trying your hardest every day.” Utilizing your body to its maximum potential on a daily basis without sufficient time for recovery is something that only a minority of highly trained athletes can successfully accomplish, and one could argue that it isn't beneficial for their bodies either because many times they wind up injured or washed up due to the strain of years of non-stop physical activity.


Liz Mays said...

I've been guilty of doing too much too soon before. It never works because you're too sore to stick with it!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I think that's why Jason has injured himself twice now, not giving himself enough recovery time between workouts. Slow and steady wins the race!

Ai Sakura said...

Very good tips and I agree, recovery is so important but most people, like myself, find it very hard to do.. maybe because we're so used to the "rat race" whereby if we feel like we don't give our all, we won't get the best results?

Ai @ Sakura Haruka


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