For many of us, finding time to squeeze in a workout is tough to say the least. Between work, school, kids, and other commitments, we’re busy from the moment we wake up to the moment our heads hit the pillow again. So when you do find time to hit the gym, it’s important that you get the most benefit out of your workout time.
Here are a few tips on how you can maximize every workout:
- Fuel up with a healthy pre-workout meal.
A small snack an hour or so before your workout will help keep your energy levels high and prevent you from crashing at the moment when you need to dig deep to climb a hill or finish a tough set. Complex carbohydrates, such as bananas, apples, and oranges are an excellent choice. Peanut butter on toast is another good option as it contains both carbs and protein.
- Set a goal.
Having a specific workout goal in mind can help you stay focused and make your workout more efficient. You’ll be more mentally prepared before you start, plus when you meet your goal at the end of your workout, you’ll feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment.
- Take the time to warm up.
On days when we feel rushed, it may be tempting to skip the warmup and charge forward full steam ahead into the workout. However, it’s better for your muscles and tendons to get warm before you start putting them through their paces. You’ll get better performance and you’ll be less likely to experience injury. A good warmup routine should be about 5 minutes long and make you sweat a little.
- Stay hydrated.
It’s amazing how quickly we can become dehydrated during a workout. Our bodies lose water through sweat glands located all over our bodies and even through the air we exhale. Dehydration can leave you with muscle cramps, dizziness, and poor performance.
To replenish lost fluid and help your body flush out waste, drink a little water before you start exercising (but not too much, or else you’ll be making frequent bathroom trips and interrupting your workout), and guzzle it freely when you’re done.
- Include high-intensity bursts for maximum calorie burn.
Want to burn more fat in less time? Add 10 sets of 30–60 second high-intensity activity to your workout. If you’re a runner, for example, that means sprinting for about a minute, then walking at a moderate pace to recover for a minute, and then sprinting for a minute again. Repeat this ten times to melt the fat right off.
- Involve a friend.
If you’re having a hard time staying committed to your workout, involving a friend may be just the motivating factor you need. You can enlist the help of a workout buddy or even start a blog chronicling your achievements.
If you’re active on social networks, like Facebook or Twitter, post about your workouts and ask your friends to cheer you on. Knowing that you’ve got other people paying attention to your workouts will make you more likely to do them and resist the call of the couch.
- Drink Aspire 30 minutes before your workout.
Aspire™ contains a blend of natural caffeine and amino acids (plus a lot of other good-for-you ingredients) that can help boost workout performance. It’s the perfect pre-workout beverage to give you sustained energy to help you power through even the toughest workout.
Aspire’s amino acids, L-carnitine and taurine, have long been used by fitness professionals to promote fat loss and support muscle strength and endurance. These amino acids play an important role in many metabolic processes.
L-carnitine helps transform fatty acids, such as triglycerides, into cellular energy. It has also been found to reduce muscle fatigue and prevent the buildup of lactic acid.
Taurine also metabolize fats, plus it moves important nutrients in and out of heart cells.
Best of all, Aspire contains no sugars, no carbs, and no calories, so you won’t be sabotaging your workout.
- Celebrate your progress!
At the end of the day, working out is better than not working out. The fact that you were able to squeeze in some time at the gym or a quick run around the neighborhood is a major accomplishment. You made your health a priority, and for that you should be proud!