3 Ways To Maximize Your Workout
Getting a good workout on a regular basis requires a significant investment of time and energy. If you do invest that time and energy on a regular basis, you want to make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck or the biggest ROI. Here are 3 ways to maximize your workout to ensure you get the most out of it.
1. Change it up
Most people have a particular type of exercise they enjoy doing or a specific workout routine. While any exercise is better than no exercise and doing something you enjoy can help keep you motivated, there are good reasons to step outside of your comfort zone. A good workout regimen will accomplish four main goals: aerobic training, strength training, balance training and flexibility training. There are a few types of exercise, such as yoga, that can accomplish all four, but even then you need to do different types of yoga.
If you predominantly enjoy running or some type of cardio, however, you should mix that up with strength training and yoga to increase balance and flexibility. If you enjoy lifting weights, but not cardio, you will get the most from your workout by introducing some type of aerobic exercise and flexibility training. The balance training you can do by incorporating balance training into your lifting exercises.
2. Eat right
In 2012, there were more than 100 million dieters in America and the weight loss industry was a $20 billion a year business. This led to a massive amount of misinformation being disseminated as diet companies tried to discredit their competitors and gain followers to their own. Thankfully, today this is slowly changing. Americans are becoming more aware of the need to eat healthier overall rather than simply constantly be trying to lose weight.
That doesn't mean, however, that many of the old notions of what it means to "diet" aren't still deeply ingrained in the public conscience. For instance, the old idea that weight loss is simply a matter of burning more calories than you consume just simply isn't true. In fact, if you are working out, you need to consume significantly more calories in order to lose weight. Even when your goal is not to lose weight, consuming the amount of calories you need to either maintain your weight or even put on bulk can be downright scary to some. To really get the most from your workout, you need the proper fuel, so be sure you are eating right to support the type of workout you are doing.
Supplements can sometimes get a bad rap because they are not regulated and are often even in direct competition with pharmaceuticals. Just like the diet industry, pharmaceutical companies spend a great deal of money spreading disinformation about supplements to minimize the competition. While supplements can have negative interactions with prescription medications, so you should always check with your doctor before taking supplements if you also take prescription medications, supplements themselves rarely have any negative interactions with each other or negative impact in general.
That being said, it is always best to follow directions carefully and only take recommended doses, just like you should with pharmaceuticals. When taken properly, however, supplements can have a significant impact on maximizing the benefits of your workout and even help take it to the next level. There are even a number of specially formulated supplement regimens, like Le-Vel Thrive that are specifically designed to help boost performance on a number of levels. Supplements can not only help boost your energy levels to help you get a better workout, they can help improve alertness, help you get better sleep and even help you lose or maintain weight or build bulk.
Getting the most from your workout isn't just about what happens in the gym. How you eat and your lifestyle will also have an impact. If you are tired, worn out or feeling run down, it can be more tempting to skip a workout. It's also hard to exercise when you are hungry. Taking care of your fitness outside of your workout will have a direct impact on what happens during it.