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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'!
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!
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.
The Nestle 5 Gallon bottles are also BPA Free and are better for the environment because they can be returned for refilling and ultimately recycling!
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