Summer is coming fast, and now’s the time to work toward getting fit, if you aren’t already. It’s not too late to make some real positive changes before bathing suit season hits. I also recommend that whatever exercise regimen you choose, make sure you enjoy it thoroughly. That way, there is a greater chance you’ll stick to it year-round. There’s a lot more to keeping fit than the physical aspect. Make sure your body and mind are working together to get the most out of your time and effort. Do also make sure to consult your doctor before engaging in any new exercise program. Here are a few ways to have more effective workouts.
A big part of making any positive changes is having a reason to do it. That reason needs to be stronger than any doubt, fear, or discomfort you have. The mind is powerful and can keep you going when you want to give up. I call this the “Big Why”. Once you have it clear in your mind and heart, doing the work won’t seem as challenging.
Many women use other types of tools to stay motivated. For example, music can have a positive impact, especially if you’re feeling fatigued or disinterested. Of course, music isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great motivator if you let it speak to you, or just let the beat carry you through a workout.
Eat Well and Supplement
If you’ve been looking for ways to build energy and consistency, consider eating a balanced diet that gives you plenty of nutrition without too many empty calories. If you still need a little boost, there are nutritional supplements that can help you build muscle and feel more energized. Specifically, there are pre-workout supplements, as well as post-workout ones to help you stay balanced throughout the process. If you aren’t sure what you need, I recommend that you talk to your doctor, nutritionist, or fitness coach to learn more.
It’s crucial to stay hydrated every day, whether you work out or not. So it’s even more important to get the water in when you’re exercising. Try to always get in at least half your body weight in ounces. I find it helps to carry a water bottle with me wherever I go, especially during active workouts at home or the gym. You can also use an electrolyte drink if you need to replace them after a tough run or workout.
Know Your Limits
I understand wanting to push yourself to make fitness happen faster. However, this is not always the best plan, especially if you have been sedentary for a while. Going at it too hard and without consideration for where you are can backfire badly. Injuries and exhaustion are real and can happen to anyone. Understand that putting yourself out of action by overdoing it does not serve you in the long run. Find a good balance for your workouts that you want to leave you strengthened and energized not hurting and unable to move.
I believe that it’s quite possible to have effective workouts without taxing your body and mind too much. Make a plan and work it to the best of your ability. Consider your present fitness level, creating a workout that builds on your strengths and improves your weaknesses along the way. And, don’t forget to celebrate your victories!