Fitness

The 10 Best Ways to Maximize Your Workout

September 29, 2015

I know a lot of you believe that getting results means you need to spend hours at the gym. The truth is that is not true. Yes, you have to be consistent with your workouts. Yes, you have to eat clean, but no, no one has the time or even the motivation (probably) to spend hours at the gym.

In my experience I’ve discovered that it’s all about how you exercise, not only how much you exercise. Today I will share with you some tips to get you working out smarter at the gym, outdoors or at home, so you can achieve your fitness goals. Here are 10 things you may think about before,during or after  your routines, to maximize fat loss and smash through any plateaus.

  1. Have an energy boosting pre-workout snack

The body needs 24 hours to build and recover muscles. A pre-workout is usually a snack that we can eat 30/60 minutes in advance to have a bit more fuel during the training, it shouldn’t be too heavy and must be well balanced. Stay tuned for one of our favorite pre-workout smoothie recipe coming soon. 

  1. Vary your intensity

Always keep your body guessing. If your body gets used to the same activity over and over again, you don’t get the same results than if you are always changing your workout routine. This is highly important for those who want to maximize fat loss. Example: you want to do 30 minutes in the treadmill? Keep changing the speed and inclination for maximum calories burned. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts are also great for that. HIIT not only burns calories during your workout but for hours after. It creates metabolic changes in your body that helps you burn fat more efficiently. Check out some of our amazing HIIT workouts here.

  1. A good workout playlist

With some great tunes to pump you up you can work a lot harder and go for a lot longer at the gym. This is also great for the days where your fitness motivation is running on the low side. The days where you are not feeling like hitting the gym, some tunes like this can really get you up and running. Literally!

  1. Get motivated to get your sweat on

It’s the intensity of how your exercise that gets your metabolism going. The more motivated and focused you are during your workouts, the best results you will get from them. I personally don’t recommend watching tv or reading while doing cardio as many people do. That gets you distracted; therefore, you are not giving it your all. A much better option is music, as mentioned in the previous point. Also, try not to dwell on problems and worries while you workout. Leave all worries in the locker room and once you are done with your sweat session you might even realize how what you had in your mind was not as important as you thought it was. Take advantage of those great endorphin highs!

  1. Engage your core during all exercises

Most exercises require some core engagement. Not only does this help protect you and your spine, as the core stabilizes the body, it will also help you burn more calories. The core is one of the bodies largest muscle groups. Therefore when you keep it engaged throughout your entire workout, it helps boost your metabolism and burn more fat. So for every exercise you do, be sure your core is active.

  1. Lift weights

I can’t say this enough, but if you want to turn your body into a fat burning machine, then you need to lift weights. Lifting weights helps the body build lean muscle and it’s your muscle that burns calories. Therefore, the more muscle you have the better your body will be at burning fat. That’s why in all my workout programs I incorporate strength training. If you already lift weights, don’t be afraid to increase the size you lift for an increased intensity.

  1. Don’t forget to stretch

Stretching is such an important component to any fitness routine. Whilst it may not feel like you are burning calories when you stretch, what you are doing is helping your muscles recover and helping them prepare for future workouts. Flexibility and mobility will help you in all the activities, the quality of a movement and the prevention of injuries are avoided by an elastic body.

  1. Protein-rich post-workout meal

It’s important to replenish your body with the amino acids it needs to build the muscle you put so much work on at the gym. They help increase the impact of your workouts. It’s important to mix this protein with good carb sources since your body finds it easier to absorb the protein and turn it into more muscle if there are carbs in the mix.

  1. Cool down

At the end of the training, try to always find a couple of minutes just to relax. Using a mat, lay down and just breathe and relax. Some yoga poses like “chil’s pose” or “legs up the wall” are some great relaxation poses. Try to get your heart rate back to a calm state, take your time and just focus on relaxation. Like stretching, a relaxing cool down also gets you ready for the next intense sweat session.

  1. Rest days

Are just as important as your working out days. It’s important to give our body at least one rest day a week. It needs that break every once in a while. If not, there is an increased risk of injuries. Equally important is to not repeat working the same region of your body two days in a row. As we exercise, we place strains on our muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments and bones. Our bodies have to then repair any muscle tears or joint strains that happened in the process. If you don’t give your body time, it will not have the time to heal itself. No matter how hard you want to work on those biceps, or on that booty, you will be doing yourself no good if you work those regions for days in a row.

 

I hope you enjoyed these tips to make the best of your workout routine, every training. Let me know in the comments section if you have some tips to improve your workouts that I didn’t mention here. Have a great active week!

 

 

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