Fitness

5 ways to get the most out of your workout

  1. Have a plan. Otherwise, you might just go to the gym, float around a bit, dabble on a few machines and then leave…sound familiar? It’s much easier to write yourself a plan that suits your goals, get into the gym and follow it through. That way, you’ll know exactly what you’ve done and feel like you’ve achieved a lot more. If you’re not sure what to put in your plan, a personal trainer will be able to write one to suit your goals. Recording your workout is also a great way to see your progress, whether it’s in weight lifted or distance covered!

  2. Warm up, cool down and stretch! This is so important. You can’t just walk in, dive into a heavy weights workout and expect to walk away feeling great. Your muscles need warning that you’re about to work out! Take at least 10 minutes at the start and end of your workout to warm up, cool down and stretch. This will get your muscles warm, and your blood flowing so that when you do get to the start of your workout, you’re mentally and physically prepared. For more advice on stretching check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG3c_49PAK8.

  3. Do something you enjoy. This will just make your workout so much easier. No one likes doing things they don’t enjoy so take a few sessions to figure out what you like and incorporate it into your programme. If in doubt you can always ask a personal trainer to give you some suggestions to try out!

  4. Focus on your form. Always. Form is so important, I mean, no one wants to get injured! This applies to both weight and cardio training, and ensures that you are focusing on working the correct muscles and getting the most out of your workout. As always, if you’re not sure how to do something then just ask.

  5. Fuel before and after. The correct nutrition before, during and after your workout will make all the difference to what you gain from exercise. Make sure you are hydrated at all times (this applies even when you’re not working out), have eaten enough to give you energy before your workout, and refuel with both protein and carbohydrates after you exercise. You’ll feel much better for it and your body will respond better to exercise, resulting in long term adaptations!

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