15 September 2014

5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Workouts

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I've been into fitness for the past 8 months and I admit, at first, I was totally floundering. What I mean by that is, I had a hard time getting into a groove with my schedule, my nutrition, and my motivation. It took some time but I feel like I've really started to figure out some great ways to get more out of my time, and my workouts!


Alright, so here are my tips to help you prepare and get the most out of your work out! :-)

1) Schedule & Plan Ahead
Most of us end up skipping workouts because of poor planning and scheduling (and sometimes, laziness *wink*). Sit down with your calendar, and schedule your workouts in your planner, or your phone, or wherever will help you to remember them! Make sure to prepare ahead of time some other things like:
  • Is your athletic clothing washed? (sounds silly, but I forget to do laundry sometimes!)
  • What type of workout will you be doing?
  • How long will you be exercising?
  • What goals do you have for each workout? (i.e. burn calories, hit a new distance for running, bench a heavier weight...etc)

2) Compound Exercises

Instead of isolating your muscles by just doing one type of exercise, maximize your workout by doing exercises that will work multiple muscle groups at once. Your muscles will be working together just as they do on a daily basis, which will prove to be highly beneficial. And the bonus, is that will also save you time!


3) Create a playlist that will pump you up!
I don't know about you, but I tend to get bored during my workouts, especially if it's something I've been doing a lot of lately. And if you get bored, it's likely you will stop your workout early. And eventually, you might even stop working out all together. I suggest creating a playlist that will keep you going! We all have those songs that get us really fired up! Amiright? Whether it's dance music, techno, or some good old rock n' roll -- find what kind of music gets you excited, plug in your earbuds and get movin'!


4) Nutrition
There isn't a one specific kind of diet or nutrition platform that will work for everyone. All of our bodies work differently in conjunction with exercising. So it's important to find nutrition patterns that help us to feel full (but not too full), fresh, and energized before our workouts! I don't generally eat a ton right beforehand, because it's definitely not comfortable to exercise on a full stomach. If I'm eating a full meal, I make sure to have it about 3 hours before my workout. But if I'm going in the morning and am not hungry enough, or have time for a full meal, I eat something small, usually some bacon and some kind of carbohydrate. But my advise is to eat your small meal/snack one hour before your start exercising so you don't feel uncomfortable. The key is, though, make sure to EAT something before you work out. It's imperative for maximum energy.


5) Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate!
This is a given, but it's so important! Water is essential for optimal physical performance and overall functioning. I don't feel that there is one specific amount you need to drink on a daily basis, but just be sure to stay hydrated before, during, and after your workout! And of course, listen to your body!

 It's way too easy to get dehydrated! And I can speak from experience, when I try to workout when I haven't had a sufficient amount of water, I feel sluggish and get headaches. It's very unhealthy and really, there's no excuse for us to NOT be drinking water throughout the day.

I always keep bottled waters in the house. For me, it's ideal because I'm more likely to drink a lot of water if 1) it's filtered, fresh water and 2) It's easy to grab on my way out of the house. I generally keep a huge case of it in the garage for storage, and keep several in the fridge to stay cold.



I frequently make trips out of the house specifically for bottled water. Head up to Walmart, grab Nestle's Arrowhead water and I'm all set. You know, come to think of it, it would be awesome to see Nestle Water in a 5 Gallon bottle. It would be a perfect addition to the garage for food storage, and of course, anytime when I'm entertaining guests and need lots of water to distribute.

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So tell me, what are your favorite ways to prepare for, and maximize your workouts??

35 comments:

Kelly Mock said...

I love the idea of scheduling time for it! I am SOOO going to try that! this baby weight is going to come off BEFORE I put the holiday weight on with it!

Sarah Halstead said...

Love this. I need to start putting it in my planner.

Censie Sawyer said...

I need to start scheduling working out too. I think it would help me stay motivated.

Ashliegh said...

Scheduling time for my workout has been so vital in making sure it actually gets done! When I don't schedule it in, I end up never working out! Great tips!!

Melissa Haag said...

We are on a mission to get healthy a lose weight at my house, so these tips are PERFECT for us!

Angelic Sinova said...

Yes to ALL of this! Having a awesome workout playlist helps SO much <3

Maryann said...

I think scheduling and planning ahead is the most important tip for those of us that lack consistency with working out!

Fiona Naughton said...

Great tips! I REALLY need to make a playlist to get me pumped up for my daily brisk walks :)

Ayana Pitterson said...

That might be the key to working out - scheduling it. We show up to all other appointments, why not have this one as an appointment as well.

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Lindsay Living Vegan said...

Thank you for this post! I was just thinking this past weekend that I need to get into a workout routine. I don't really do intense workouts but I do enjoy going for long walks and yoga!

B said...

Love that playlist!

Laurel Wadsworth said...

I have to schedule everything or it will not happen. Exercising, meals planned ahead, work and school schedule. I need to get a play list together, I think it will help!

theaccidentalmama.com said...

Such good reminders! Thanks!
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Les said...

I've been trying to lose the baby weight, so this post was exactly what I needed to read! Thanks for posting these tips!

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Amby Felix said...

I love these tips, though I will kindly disagree on the compound muscle exercises. Two at a time is good so those parts of your body can recover properly ^_^ I will have to try the planner! :)

Camille Millecam Whiting said...

There is nothing like a new playlist to hype me up! I run longer, harder, and come home happier every time!

Trish said...

I like your tips! I'm struggling to get back in the swing of things after I hurt my foot so I could use the motivation :)

Brendy Beauty said...

These are some really great tips & some awesome photos! Thanks for sharing!

Alicia Brown said...

I need to be better about scheduling the workout in. Great tips!

Alyssa said...

Such great ideas and tips! I need to start getting back into the swing of things!

Michelle Chouinard said...

How can anyone work out without an awesome playlist?!?! That's crazy talk! Great tips. :)

Katie said...

I'm really good at eating healthily and drinking loads of water - my only problem is actually doing the exercise and burning the calories!

Katie <3

Aleshea said...

These are some really great tips. I know I need to do better with my water intake

Kendall Rayburn said...

Great post! My "workout" is walking the dog - I am just SO out of shape! I need to kick start this and really get things moving!

Rebekah Clarke said...

Awesome tips! I need to work on my scheduling of workouts so I don't just put them off!

Jessica Doll @ Team Wiking said...

Great tips! I always have to plan my workouts ahead of time or they don't get done.

Avie T said...

I wis scheduling ahead worked for me! I've tried and I tend to push it back to finish another task. Water is super important too!

Miranda Myrabev said...

scheduling is not an issue for me nutrition and hydrating are

Carly said...

Scheduling is definitely one of my downfalls. Also, making sure I eat the right foods is hard for me.

Christen P said...

Excellent tips. Thanks so much. This is a great post- I could see this being in a magazine!

Liv Love said...

ok I thknk that i will try this scheduling tip like write it in on my calendar verses making it something that I know to do. I think by having it i'll plan for and around it verse making it negotiable. these are great tips! really got me thinking!!!

Ecuador InMyEyes said...

Great tips! It's important to plan the work out ahead, just like you say. And one can never hydrate too much.

holistichealthandhappiness said...

You are so right about planning ahead! I really need to start applying these tips to my life :)

Raewyn @ Be A Warrior Queen said...

I need to get back into working out! thank you for sharing this! We are bringing our puppy home on Friday so I know I am going to start walking her more. Perhaps that small boost is all I need! I really want to get back into yoga but my schedule is pretty up in the air. Scheduling it in is the best advice! Thank you!

freelyfatima.com said...

Your tips are awesome! Music is such a motivator too! Sometimes I have to stop myself from just dancing lol I am going to start putting my work outs in my calendar again. We keep bottled water in our apartment at all times too!