Thursday, April 14, 2022

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Workout

Nobody goes to the gym hoping to get mediocre results. Everybody goes hoping to get the absolute most out of every rep, run, and workout. Luckily for you, researchers also want us to get the most out of our workouts. Try these inefficient strategies to get the biggest benefit from every one of your workouts. 

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Lift Weights

If you only do cardio, you are sabotaging yourself. Your metabolism will actually go down if you only do cardio workouts, making weight loss more difficult. Resistance training, however, helps to build muscle to increase your metabolic rate. You can also help your muscle-building along with some supplements. Click here to find some. 

Listen To Music

Everyone knows that your favorite songs can help to fire you up for your workout, but some studies have shown that people who listen to music, especially slow music after their workout recovered faster than those who went without music. Music boosts the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your body. These hormones are known to encourage recovery. Try listening to a few of your favorite, relaxing songs as soon as you finish your workout. This will help your blood pressure and heart rate get back to normal and recovery happen as soon as possible. 

Swap Stretching For A Dynamic Warmup

Make the most of your stretching. Those who warm up with light dynamic stretches are better able to perform their workouts than those who don’t, or those who warm up with more typical bend and hold style stretches. Think of your body as a rubber band. If you stretch it around a lot and then pull it back to shoot it, it isn’t going to go as far. The same thing happens with your muscles and tendons. However, dynamic bodyweight movements, ones that mimic the workout that you’re about to do, increase blood flow and improve your range of motion without compromising the elastic properties of your muscles and tendons. For example, if you’re about to go out for a run, it’s a good idea to move through about five to ten minutes on lunges, knee raises, and leg swings before you hit the treadmill or the trails. 

Preface Your Workout With Carbs

You might think carbo-loading is something only marathon runners do. Eating carbs before your workout can help you with interval training. Carbs are your main fuel for any high-intensity workout and when your body is fueled, you will get a better workout, both in terms of caloric expenditure and muscle growth, than you would if you were in a fasted state. Even if you like to do your workouts in the morning, make sure you at least eat a piece of toast or some oatmeal before you head into the gym.

With these useful exercise tips, you can get the most out of every single workout that you do, whether at the gym or at home. You can get the best results possible from all your efforts for both your physical and mental wellbeing.

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