Whether you are a first-timer at the gym or a seasoned athlete, you can always find ways to get more out of your workout. Why put all that time and effort into it if you can’t get what you want out of it? Aside from following the typical workout commandments, here are four ways to take your workout to the next level.
Challenge your body
Try new things! Challenge your body by changing it up on your muscles and muscle memory. If you typically do the same workout routine each week or you have some go-to machines or classes, consider adding in various other workouts that might be foreign to you or at least use other parts of your body than you’re used to. You’ll begin to see results very quickly when your body is thrown a curve ball like that.
Everyone knows the importance of eating right and being healthy, but it’s not so much about dieting as it is about what you eat before AND after your workout. You want to eat a small amount of the right combination of carbs and protein before you workout to give you energy. Then after your workout, you want to eat a combination of healthy fat, carbs and protein no more than 30 minutes after you workout for your body to maximize on all the work you just did. Don’t forget to stay hydrated, too.
Balance to burn more
Help your body maximize its potential by balancing strength training exercises with cardio exercises. You need both in order to see results and burn the highest amount of calories possible. Combining the weight training aspect with cardio will help to tone your muscles and shed fat at the maximum level. Plus, an added benefit of it is finding exercises that combine both and give you the same results in a shorter amount of time. Now you are being efficient with your time and your body!
When it comes to working out, your mentality is half the battle. Creating a positive mindset that not only uplifts and encourages you but also reaffirms the reasons you workout is beneficial. The right mindset also helps with motivation. If you aren’t feeling motivated or in the right headspace, remember your long-term goals and the benefits that you get from working out.
The next time you go to the gym, consider these four ways to get the most out of your workout. Incorporate them into your routine and watch how it transforms the whole experience. If you like working out at home, reach out to a Legend Fitness sales rep to see how you can maximize your workout routine with some of our equipment.