HABITS THAT’LL IMPROVE YOUR WORKOUT
When it comes to the fitness lifestyle, the time we spend working out tends to be the main point of focus and gets the majority of the credit, but it shouldn’t.
Yes, if you want to burn fat or build muscle, working out is a crucial part ... and there is no denying that everyone wants to have a great workout.
That’s a given.
All too often though, there is a huge emphasis on the one hour you are actually working out and an under emphasis on the other 23 hours a day.
For most people, their pre-workout routine goes something like this … find a time they're going to workout, take some sort of pre workout powder 30 minutes before, and then workout … that’s about all of the planned preparation they invest into “improving” their workouts to see better results.
So, if you’re looking to improve your workouts, reach your goals more quickly, and simply set yourself up to crush your workouts…
Here are 7 habits that you can add to your fitness routine if you want to help improve the quality of your workouts.
1) QUALITY SLEEP
Sleep is the time when our body is ultimately trying to recover from all the stress goes through daily, and it is vital to gaining muscle, losing fat, and being healthy.
There is no hard rule on how much water you should consume leading into a workout, because there are too many variables like age, gender, weight, height, workout style, intensity of the workout, etc … but as a rough guideline, shooting for 100-120 oz or more each day is a good start.
Ideally, 20 oz of that will come in the hour or two leading into your workout.
3) FUEL PROPERLY
Many people overlook the importance of fueling going into your workout, and by fueling, I am talking about proper nutrition prior to training.
Because when you are running on fumes while trying to workout, your intensity and strength are both decreased.
This can cause you to feel sluggish, your performance will most likely suffer, and therefore, you will not be getting in as great of a workout.
To make sure you are properly fueled, a good habit to get into is trying to eat about 1 to 2 hours before your workout. In that meal, I recommend having a complete protein source and some complex carbohydrates.
4) PRE-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTATION
This step takes place 15 to 30 minutes before you are going to begin your warm-up for your workout.
The purpose of pre-workout supplements is to help you prime your body for better performance in the gym.
Ingredients such as creatine and Beta-Alanine can help increase your performance in the gym by helping to increase strength & power (creatine) as well as endurance (beta-alanine). This will allow you to train at a higher intensity for longer while fighting off fatigue.
By doing this, you can push your body further, burn more calories, and when you recover properly… earn better results!
5) REVIEW YOUR WORKOUT
We’ve all heard it before … "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."
Having a plan of attack for when you're going to work out is a great way to remove the guesswork, and can help make your workout more efficient.
6) YOUR RECOVERY ROUTINE
Even though these are the things you do AFTER you get done training, it can significantly impact the results you can earn ... specifically because you are not building any muscle during your workout. In fact, you are breaking the muscles down with resistance training, and the time of recovery is what can help you build new muscle.
WHAT TO DO NOW?
Now that you know these seven steps for a great workout every time you go to the gym, it’s time to put them into action.
By following these simple steps, drinking a workout shake, and keeping your nutrition plan in check ... you'll help to improve your workouts AND your results!
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