In the past, we have discussed different tips and tricks for a better workout. Today, I would like to add to that list three more ways you can start having better and more productive workouts. The three items below will be of use to you for your next workout, so take note and be sure to share them with a friend:
1. Workout Happy.
Studies have shown that when you do something that makes you happy, you are more likely to stick with it. You must find something you enjoy when it comes to working out, so that you will look forward to doing it and will stick with it in the long run. Anyone can do something for a short period of time, but it is not just the short terms results that we are looking for. We want the lifelong benefits that working out brings.
Take the time this week to try some new things and find a workout (or two) that you will greatly enjoy. No one wants to run on a treadmill for 45 minutes so don’t do it. If you don’t want to lift weights, that is fine. Just be sure to find an activity that will challenge you.
If you are someone that is saying, “well no working out sounds good to me.” Well then, you need to experiment my friend. Apart from nutrition, working out is the next big step that will help get you and keep you healthy. It will keep you strong, flexible, confident, and overall more healthy.
Finding workouts that you love to do may take some time, but keep at it and you are bound to find something!
2. Know Your Body Clock.
Everyone is different when it comes to working out. Some people do it first thing in the morning while others do it at near midnight. To get the most out of your workouts, listen to your body and its clock. Figure out when you have the most energy and hit your workouts then.
In college, my “magic time” was 4PM. I was loaded with energy and was always able to go my hardest in workouts. Now, things have changed and I am more of a morning workout person. Find your “magic time” and stick with it!
3. Watch your watch.
While on a break the other day at the gym, I was doing some people watching and started observing two individuals during their leg day workout. Both are regular gym-goers but one is much more fit than the other. I decided to watch for a bit to see if I could see a difference in the kind of workouts they were doing.
For the ten minutes I observed, here is what I saw:
- The more fit gentleman pushed himself much harder in his lifts.
- The more fit gentleman kept his focus throughout his lifts and rest times.
- The more fit gentleman watched his watch.
Between every set, Mr. BodyFit’s resting periods were nearly identical while the less fit person was all over the place with resting periods. Mr. BodyFit was dominating his workout by staying on task and taking his working and resting times seriously while the other guy would walk around, talk, search for songs on his iPod, etc.
I cannot express enough how crucial it is to stay on task during your workouts. You are at the gym to to put in work; not talk, socialize, search for songs, text, answer phone calls, etc. Do that after your workout is done if you want to.
Getting fit can be and certainly is fun when you make it that way. You must find what works for you and stick with it. Then, as time goes on start changing things up to keep it interesting.
My challenge to you, is take the next few days to find a workout that is enjoyable and stick with it for at least a month. Then be sure to drop a comment below letting everyone know what you chose. Time to get to work!
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