I am all about being as efficient with my time as possible. I love workouts that are effective and that help me reach some specific physical goals. Over the years, I learned some helpful ways to achieve this. That’s why I thought in today’s post, we would talk about how to get the most out of your workouts.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Workouts
The following tips are practical ideas to help you discover how you can get the most out of your workouts.
1- Pick Your Workout Goals
Working out just for the sake of working out is not very likely to motivate you long term. Picking specific goals, on the other hand, will help you keep up with your workouts as you are striving towards your goals and notice you are making progress. Moreover, having specific workout goals will enable you to use your time efficiently as you pick exercises that support your goals.
Workout Goals Examples
Here are some examples of goals that have motivated me to stay consistent with my workouts:
- Muscle tone: Looking more toned can be motivating.
- Strength: Every woman should strength train!
- Specific Flexibility: Working on your flexibility is another excellent goal.
- Skills: Learning something new like a yoga pose or a sport.
- Endurance: Increasing how long you can exert yourself (whether it’s cardio or how many reps you can lift a weight)
Pick your workout goals that are measurable and attainable. Choose your workouts accordingly. I see so many people working out randomly at the gym. Don’t be one of them (whether you are workout out at home or at the gym)! Tailor your workouts to your goals. Workout with Intention!
2- Try Working Out at Different Times
To get the most out of your workouts, you may find that your workout times matter. Some people find they perform better in the morning, others in the afternoon, or in the evening. Experiment with different times and see what works best for you.
3- Try Coffee and/or Bulletproof Coffee Before Working Out
Many women notice that having a coffee right before working out improves their performance. I find that a bulletproof coffee can improve mine even more. Read Make This Delicious Keto Coffee Every Morning To Boost Your Fasting Results to learn more about bulletproof coffee and to get some recipes.
if you don’t drink coffee, there are other effective pre-workout supplements. My personal favorite is Can’t Beet This!
4- Don’t Neglect Your Flexibility
Whether flexibility is one of your fitness goals or not, don’t neglect including some flexibility exercises in your workout regimen. Working on your flexibility will help improve your strength and your stability. It will allow for deeper movements and help prevent injuries.
If you would like to improve your flexibility, don’t forget to check out my Ultimate Full-Body Flexibility.
5- Experiment With Your Food and Water Intake
When you start a new training regimen, it may take a few sessions to feel energized and strong after your workout. At first, you may feel drained and wonder how long you can keep this up. Keep in mind that it takes a while for your body to adjust to the new demands you are placing on it. Besides that, experimenting with your food and water intake may help get the most out of your workouts.
How to Experiment With Food and Water
Try eating various types of foods before and after your workouts. For example, you may try having a protein shake before working out and a banana after working out helps your recovery. You can try oat bars or any type of food that will provide quick useable energy for your body. If like me, you enjoy fasted workouts, you may find fats help increase your performance and recovery. Lastly, make sure you are well hydrated before, during, and after your workouts.
6- Listen to Music
As you discover how to get the most out of your workouts, you will most likely find that listening to music helps improve your performance. Music makes you want to dance and move. It keeps your mind off the discomfort. Some people like watching tv or other things, go ahead and find your groove. Create your Spotify Playlist and share it with me! I am happy to connect on Instagram.
7- Measure Your Progress
Now measuring your workouts is key as you figure out how to get the most out of your workouts. Why? Well, similarly to picking your workout goals, it will keep you focused and motivated.
Some ways to measure your progress:
- Progress pictures and videos: Whether it’s to track your body composition or your form, progress pictures and/or videos come in handy.
- Tracking your weights: You should increase your weights steadily as you work on strength training.
- Tracking your reps: Increasing the weights you are lifting is great, but you can also make sure you can increase your reps when you work on endurance.
- Noticing your flexibility: As you increase your flexibility, you know you are progressing.
Personally, measuring my progress has been a key factor in finding how to get the most out of my workouts. It keeps me on track and gives me a sense of accomplishment.
8- Mix it Up But Not Too Much
I find that changing up my workouts is effective to create results. Yoga is my absolute favorite and I have some favorite instructors (learn more about my yoga workouts here), but I notice that when I try different routines and instructors after staying with the same one for a while, I get sore again (which indicates my muscles are getting stronger). Furthermore, doing weight lifting at the gym helps me increase my performance in my yoga workouts faster.
However, too much diversity can also be detrimental. It’s good to stick to your routines long enough to notice your improvement. I like to repeat my yoga routines every few weeks and my gym weight lifting workouts are always pretty much the same, I just increase my weights.