5 Tips on How to Maximize Your Workout Effectiveness

It is not easy to accomplish everything you want in a busy schedule. Sometimes there’s just not enough time to achieve every activity you want. In this kind of situation exercise is something people often cut off in order to catch up with other responsibilities.

You should know that it is possible to adjust some aspects of your workout routines in order to get more out of them. If you know how to optimize your activities between training sessions, you will be better prepared for them. Also, if you convert your workouts into a series of short and high-intensity workouts, there will be more time for other stuff you need to do.

Try out some of these tips for a start.

Proper Nutrition

You should take care of what are you putting in your stomach if you want to get the most out of your exercise. It is so easy to ruin the hard effort you put into a two-hour run on a treadmill if you go home and eat a cake afterwards.

Organize your diet in three big meals and two small ones in between. Then, make sure to eat not less than two hours before the training. It is recommendable to consume low glycemic index carbohydrates. They will supply your body with enough energy for the intensive training. It is important to consume protein, like protein bars and whey or soy shakes, during and after the workout in order to build-up torn up muscle tissue.

Proper Clothing

You need the best exercise clothing in order to get the most out of your workout. Good and comfortable shoes will keep your joints and knees away from the injury, a skin-tight shirt will soak up the sweat and prevent skin irritation, and some other accessories, like the proper sunglasses and a wind jacket, will protect you from the sun, rain and wind.

If you want to engage in some kind of more intensive workouts, you should acquire some good compression shorts. They are very beneficial for all types of exercises because they reduce muscle fatigue, reduce the risk of strains, muscle soreness, increase power, improve muscle oxygenation, etc. Besides all these benefits, they will make you feel comfortable.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

If you are still a beginner, it is important to start slowly. High-intensity interval training is very demanding so, if you want to avoid injuries, you have to build-up endurance first. Give it around a month to develop stamina and muscle tissue, and start with a hard workout regime.

This kind of training is perfect for people with a very busy schedule. The procedure is simple: first pick an exercise, like push ups, burpees, squats, cycling, running, etc. Do a quick and intense set of ten repetitions of one of those exercises (if you choose a cardio exercise, do it intensively for 30 seconds), and then rest between 30 and 60 seconds. There’s not much more to it. Repeat these sets (and breaks) for 10-20 minutes at least twice a week and you will soon be able to see the results.

Hydration

Three quarters of your muscles are water, and you should put some effort in if you want to keep this proportion during the workout. You are losing a lot of water through sweat during an exercise, so you have to hydrate constantly in order to keep the right amount of water in your body. It is recommendable to carry a water bottle to make it easier to hydrate all the time.

Water is essential for every fundamental body function, as well as for the health of your muscles. Your muscles are being torn and exhausted after every workout, so you have to hydrate properly in order to prevent injuries. This is a critical period for your muscles, so if you consume enough protein and drink enough water, your muscle fibers will recover properly which, will lead to the growth of your muscles.

Rest

You should always keep in mind that the time you spend in the gym is important as much as the time you spend outside of it. While you are doing your best to improve your body in the gym, you should know how to spend your time between two workout routines. The most important thing is to treat your body well and take a good rest.

After you have exhausted your muscles in the gym, they need to rest in order to be ready for the next training. If you don’t rest your body enough, you will not be able to exercise properly. Not only that your body will not be able to perform at its best, but you will also risk some muscle injuries that will keep you away from the gym for weeks, or even months.

It is important to be physically active if you want to live a healthy life, so try to find some space for workouts in your everyday life. It will make you look and feel better, so you will have enough energy for other everyday activities.

Besides your regular workouts, pay attention to how you fuel your body. If you want to take the most out of your workouts, you need to eat and hydrate properly. So, the next time you decide to go to the gym, make sure to eat good, bring a water bottle, take a good rest, put on some comfortable clothes and enjoy your exercise.

Scarlet Gratton

Writer and Contributor at Ripped.Me
Scarlet is a passionate writer and regular contributor at ripped.me, interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.

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