Nothing kills the “psyched-up to workout” mentality than getting derailed before you’ve even begun. Here are five tips to make sure you get the most out of your workout!
1. Never skip a warm up. Remember your warm up should match up to the exercise you are going to do. If you are going to do cardio, start with a brisk walk, light jog, or a low-gear bike ride. For strength training, start with some light weights and work in to your actual training sets. For yoga or martial arts, start with some initial stretches and/or light crunches that will warm the muscles up and prepare them for the upcoming workout.
2. Wear appropriate gear. To prevent injury, make sure you are wearing good supportive shoes for cardio, or your weights are properly racked and ready or your bike tires are inflated and your helmet is ready to go. Remember if you are exercising outside to check your weather forecast, sunset times, and be sure that you know your route.
3. Get and Stay Hydrated. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Drink plenty of water in the hours leading up to your workout so you can be hydrated when you start your workout. Add a scoop of Thermo Ignite pre-workout drink to your water to help you get hydrated and boost your energy levels for a great workout. Then, carry sufficient water with you during your workout or sip on an intra-workout supplement drink, like Intra Edg3.
4. Nutrition. Most dieticians agree that you should consume healthy carbs for energy and protein for power before your workout. The carb-protein combination can be found in great snacks like apple slices and peanut butter, or pistachios and blueberries, or fruit and protein smoothies. Other options include whole grains which are slowly digested to keep you full during your workout or fruit, like bananas and berries, to give you antioxidants that can reduce stress on your body and potassium to prevent muscle cramps.
5. Set a goal. If you just exercise until you are tired, then you will likely quit before you should and underperform. Set a goal that encourages you to strive your best. Be realistic, but make it challenging enough that you have to work for it. And, as always your goal for the workout should help you reach the larger, long-term goal that you have set for yourself.
Stay focused, safe, and hydrated. See you out there!