5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Workout

Even when you get motivated to go to the gym, you still wonder, “Is this workout effective?”

Some strategies are obvious don’ts, like aimlessly walking on the treadmill for an hour and calling it a day. Others say to vary your workout, or else you’ll hit a plateau.

So, if you’re looking to make effective use of time, what can you do?

Be Focused

This seems like a no-brainer, but “focus” means having a plan about what you want to do, sticking to it, and keeping track with time.

Some experts say that, rather than aiming big and giving up, striving to do a 30- to 40-minute workout at least three times per week keeps individuals going to the gym. And when you’re going through the workout, be devoted 100 percent – avoid multi-tasking as you run or lift weights.

Eat Right

GirlOnBallYou don’t have to rely on a restrictive diet regimen to invigorate your workout sessions. Instead, make staying hydrated and building strength your goals.

As a tip, drink water throughout the day, and be sure to get in some carbs. They might be in or out, but carbohydrates – especially the high-fiber, low-glycemic kind – give you enough energy to get through whatever cardio or strength training exercises you have planned. And, to top it off, incorporate more protein – a must for building muscle.

Keep Good Form

Don’t find yourself striving for intensity, only to wind up injured. As another tip, always practice good form. Your body in the right position prevents stress from being placed on the wrong areas.

Do More with Less

Effective exercise involves the whole body. Regimens that wear you out focus on overdoing one region. So, what can you do to maximize your time and end up in better shape?

  • If you’re already experienced, start with the heavier weights, and do just one set, instead of two or three.
  • Do exercises involving multiple muscle groups. These compound exercises – squats, lunges, pushups, rows, and bench presses, to name a few – get through your whole body in less time.
  • Instead of going back to the same exercises, change it up every few weeks. Some recommend blending high-intensity strength training with high-intensity cardio.

Less Balance

Plenty scoff at exercise balls, but they serve a purpose. That is, no matter what exercise you’re doing, having to balance yourself on one inevitably involves more muscles than if you sat or stood.

Don’t have an exercise ball? No problem. The trick here is making yourself find a good balance, so, try doing your usual routine on one leg, if it’s possible.

If you’ve been looking to vary your workout, stop by North Haven Health & Racquet. Our facilities feature multiple courts, an extensive class schedule, top-notch gym equipment, and personal trainers. Come to our location, or call us to learn more.