Make Your Workout Work For You

Apr 12 2017 - 11:36am

Same old problem, the results aren’t showing and you’re slowly losing motivation to continue. Don’t give up just yet, there are a few more things you can do to make it work.

  1.    Timing

Try exercising in the morning. It’s a fact that we are all tired in the evening, so there’s a big chance that you’ll skip exercise more often. If you do it as soon as you wake up, you’ll be more energized during the day and chances are you won’t skip it as much.

  1.    Motivate yourself

Find motivation wherever you can. Watch and read success stories, think of your favorite pair of jeans that’s been sitting in your closet for ages, put a picture of a supermodel on your fridge. Whatever works for you.

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  1.    Change  your diet

If you’re hitting a plateau, try changing your diet plan. When the number on the scale starts going down, it’ll boost your confidence and you’ll do your workout more enthusiastically.

  1.    Take it easy

It can be overwhelming when you start a new workout program, and you max out in the first couple of days because you want to make this one work, which can lead to overexertion and injuries. Measure carefully how much your body can handle. Go slowly, don’t be harsh on yourself if you can’t do it all at once. Keep in mind that those guys in the video or in the gym are professionals who are working out every day for years and keep your pace so that you can walk the next day. And never skip your rest day.

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  1.    Be creative

If you’re doing only cardio, try incorporating some weight lifting. Don’t worry, you won’t become a body builder after a few months of weight exercises. You don’t even have to go to the gym, you can use your own body for this type of working out. Pushups, lunges, plank exercises, squats; the number is vast and the benefits are also. If you have more muscles, you burn more calories, it’s a scientific fact. If you prefer only cardio, try mixing different types of cardio exercises. Enroll in a Zumba class, ride a bicycle, do plyometrics or circuit training, just don’t let your exercising become boring. That’s the fastest way to giving up.

  1.    Rest

See if you’re having enough sleep and rest. While you sleep, your body produces growth hormone that regulates metabolism and according to Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine, Ontario “The role of growth hormone in mediating altered carbohydrate metabolism may be of particular relevance as to how sleep deprivation alters the supply of energy substrate to the muscle.”

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  1.    Hydrate

Your body is mostly made of water. While you exercise, you lose a lot of fluid and it’s important to compensate it. If your body is dehydrated, it won’t perform well, and as a result, you won’t have the strength needed to do the workout. If you drink enough water, you’ll cramp less and your muscles will recover more quickly.

Nada Stojilkovic has a degree on Greek and English philology and years of experience working as a teacher. She is also a freelance writer currently working on her first book. When she’s not holding her laptop, or grading tests, you can see her reading books. Through her love for the written word, she lives multiple lives at the same time.