Optimizing your workouts are a key component of success. It will make the actual fitness part easier, and it will produce better results. Here are a few factors to consider when you go into your next session!
Getting enough sleep is not only important for brain function but also for muscle recovery. When you are in a deep sleep, your body is in revitalization mode, and during this time it facilitates healing and growth. Hitting the gym after only a couple hours of sleep is not only going to make you feel more tired and less ambitious, but it will slow the healing process, setting you further back for your next gym session!
There is a reason people make itineraries when they travel. It allows them to make the best use of their time. And in an age where time is of the essence and nobody seems to have enough of it, going in with a plan allows you to focus on what is important at the time. A good plan is to dedicate certain days to certain parts of the body. For example, dedicate Mondays to back and biceps, Tuesdays to chest and triceps, and Wednesdays to legs and shoulders.
There is no sense in overexerting yourself to the point of debilitation. Remember to draw the line somewhere. Keeping your workouts short and sweet have plenty of benefits. Some studies have shown that shorter exercises can be just as effective as one longer session! Whichever route you choose to take, make sure you know when to stop. Give you body time to heal and then hit it again!
Drinking enough water is crucial to your well-being. Among other things, it helps to regulate body temperature, deliver nutrients to cells, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, and keeps your organs functioning properly. During workouts, you will lose the water you body is storing through sweat. You need to replenish this ASAP. To ensure your body is working properly during low or high intensity workouts, hydration is key. Always keep a water bottle nearby!
You are not going to go out in the dead of winter in shorts and a tank top. Much the same way you are not going to hit the gym in a big winter jacket. Dressing for the sport will optimize your results by allowing you to workout easier, more efficiently, and without constraint. For yoga sessions, for example, you will want a pair of Hilton Seamless Leggings. For track and field, you will want the Wenden Track Jacket and Wenden Track Pants. Or if you are doing high-intensity training, you will want a Phoenix Sports Bra or the Performance T-Shirt for men.