Here on They Call Me T we recently discussed the fears you face when it comes to organizing your gym membership and schedule, and how to not only overcome them but also manage your expectations. In this post we look at how to make the most of your gym sessions. Consider this your nine-point strategy to bring your fitness to great heights in 2018.
Always Warm-Up the Body First
You can’t just step into the gym, hop on the treadmill, and start running. It may sound ideal, making the most of your time, but it is impractical and even dangerous. The Boston Herald informs that you reduce your risk of injury via a thorough warm-up routine that involves stretching. Additionally, you should never forget to stretch after you workouts. Remember, fitness is about consistency.
Keep Your Hydration Levels in Check
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine underscores that men should be consuming at least 3.7 liters of water per day, while women should be drinking 2.7 liters. When you are working out you should drink more to ensure that you stay hydrated.
Get Ample Sleep
Striking the balance between maintaining a social life, holding down your 9-to-5, and doing your workout is a feat easier said than done. But, whatever happens, you can’t afford to lose sleep. Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics national spokesman Jim White stressed to Leesa that when you’re sleep-deprived, the chances of overeating rise and your muscles don’t get to recover adequately. These are two key things that can ruin your workouts instantly.
To maximize your time in your gym, you can adopt workouts that fall under the principle of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT.). Women’s Health explains that a session usually lasts less than 30 minutes, during which you exercise in short bursts of activity with very little rest and recovery in between. HIIT is not only one of the best workouts for increasing fitness levels, it is also great for those with limited time.
Use Technology Wisely
Wearable technology can help you boost you conditioning as it helps you log in stats for your workouts. According to the same Women’s Health article, you have an array to choose from which includes fitness trackers, heart rate monitors, GPS tracking devices, and smart watches. These devices will push you further and provide a record of your fitness to build upon.
Make Sure You’re Eating Right
Treat your body as you would an elite machine. You want to feed it with the appropriate fuel to give you optimum performance and results. Smart dietary choices, like eliminating sweets, choosing whole-wheat pasta over the regular, and many more, can be the difference between success and failure.
Change It Up
Finding your groove in the gym is always good. However, you can’t do the same thing over and again and expect to gain muscle, lose fat, and improve your conditioning. The key is to keep challenging yourself. Periodically change your workouts, bring your body out of the comfort zone, and put your fitness levels to a test. That’s the only way you will get stronger.
Find What Best Works For You
Just because everybody you know is getting into a certain type of fitness trend doesn’t means you should too. Your fitness journey will be peppered with up’s and down’s and a bunch of trial and error. Stay vigilant and discover which fitness methods work best for you, from your diet down to your fitness habits.
Ask Your Coaches
Soliciting help isn’t a sign of weakness, rather it is an indication that you are truly serious about self-improvement. Gym coaches are there for a reason and you should never feel intimidated. Having up-to-date fitness information via the coaches can bring you a step closer to the vision of yourself that you want to achieve.