Think exercising harder and longer will get you maximum results? On the contrary. Exercising too long may actually do more harm than good, and then you’re right back where you started! Same goes for not eating the right foods or lifting the wrong weights. Say sayonara to the workout results you were expecting.
We don’t want you wasting time on workouts that don’t lead to maximum results, so we’ve busted out six of our best tips for taking your workout from average to GREAT.
Don’t Work Out Too Long
Once you’ve hit the 30 to 40-minute mark in your workout, aerobic effectiveness starts to decrease. Recent studies say once you hit 40 minutes into a workout routine, your body starts to fatigue and slow down. Don’t waste time anymore! Workout intensely for a shorter duration so you can maximize your workout.
Watch What You Eat
You may think what you eat isn’t related to your workouts, but eating right will give you the results you want from working out.
- Protein — Workouts are pointless without enough protein in your diet to build muscle. No matter what workout you choose, your muscles are breaking down so they can rebuild themselves into a stronger form, so grab a protein shake or protein filled meal before or after your workout.
- Carbs — Considered your main energy source so your body can work properly, make sure you are getting an adequate intake of carbs, but don’t overdo it. Bananas, whole-grain bread, beans, and soy products are great sources of low fiber/high glycemic carbohydrates.
- Water — You need to stay hydrated all day, not just during your workout since your body needs water to regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, and transport nutrients to give you energy.
Sure, starting out with lower weights is smart, but once you’ve mastered your form, move to the heaviest weights you can lift while still keeping good form. Gone are the days of fast, repetitive movements over several sets. Do as many repetitions as you can in one set, lifting and lowering with a five-second count in both directions so you can get maximum results in a shorter amount of time.
Get more bang for your buck by combining your exercises to work multiple muscle groups at once. Besides, your muscles are used to working together in the real world anyway. Some great compound exercises include squats, deadlifts, good mornings, lunges, pushups, bench presses, and rows.
Change Up Your Workouts
Don’t get stuck in the rut doing the same workouts. You have to change up your workouts and intensity levels to stimulate different muscles groups. For strength training, change your routine every few weeks and cross train for your cardio workouts.
Know the Difference Between Pain and Soreness
It you are experiencing more than the normal amount of muscle soreness for your workouts, or you experience pain that doesn’t go away, seek medical treatment and check out CopperJoint’s copper compression sleeves for helping alleviate pain!
Start incorporating these changes in your workout routine so you can take your workout from just average to GREAT! Don’t waste time. Maximize every moment of your workout for maximum results, and your body will reward you tenfold!