Workout! perhaps easier said than done. Have you tried working out in 2017 but failed each time? Have you given it a thought as to why does this happen? What you may be doing wrong and how to really stick to your new year resolution this time? You obviously gave up, didn’t push harder, weren’t able to make time for it every day, and all the excuses you like to believe as reasons. To all of you, I can only say this, get some discipline in life, it is imperative not only to stay fit but also to succeed in life.” So, this time, think of your workout as a business/investment, a rather long-term investment. With discipline, your investment will definitely show results. This post will show you how to get the most out of your workout every time.
How to get the most out of your workout, and make every session count
Prepare and follow a plan, with tasks and ultimate objective
You will get nowhere if your run without a direction and an objective. Make a plan that should include the number of days in a week you want to workout, what exercises to be done on each day in order to hit the whole body in one week, what you hope to achieve after 8 weeks, what should be your diet for the next 8 weeks, your workout timings, and everything related to it. You cannot go shooting without an aim, that is not how to get the most out of every workout.
Track your performance
Tracking the performance enables you to timely discover deviations from the plan and take measures to get back on track. If you are missing one of the meals for the week, you would know that you need to make some changes to follow the set course. You must keep rectifying every deviation that occurs in your plan, only then the goal will appear closer by the day. Identification and rectification of errors is how to get the most out of your workout every time.
Take care of your nutrition
Though I already covered this in the 1st point, nutrition holds it’s own value. Without good nutrition, you are chasing an impossible goal, i.e., your dream body. Make sure to fulfill your nutritional needs (all adequate macro and micro-nutrients). Make sure to eat 6-7 times a day including your pre-workout and post-workout meals. If you are looking for a vegetarian diet chart for weight loss, then you’re in the right place.
Use a fitness band
Though it is not necessary and I have never used one, neither do I need one, but it can help a person who finds it difficult to complete the task he/she is supposed to do. For instance, according to your body type and obesity level, if you are supposed to burn 2000 calories in a day and at least 500 calories during the workout, then you can easily know how much of workout will be enough, when to keep going and when to stop. Similarly, fitness bands also track your sleep pattern and you can get to know whether you get an adequate sleep every day or not. Not only sleep, what your body truly needs is deep REM sleep. The fitness band will tell you approx how many hours of deep sleep you are getting every night. So you can then adjust your sleep timings, habits accordingly.
Put on some music
Imagine you walking in a gym awfully quite and all the people are just working out with intensity. What will happen? Will you be able to truly workout? Or will you feel uncomfortable, maybe observe more and workout less? I think it’s the latter. Now, if you put on your earpiece and play the song “Zinda” from the famous movie Bhag Milkha Bhag, you will definitely feel more pumped and just ready to kill your workout. Even if the music is playing in the gym itself, it is always a better idea to create your own playlist of songs that get you going. Because, gyms in India do not always play motivational music, some play Punjabi songs which are a great source of entertainment but not workout. Music apps like Saavn and Gaana offer workout playlists, check those out if you’re interested.
Don’t forget to warm up
Most people forget to warm up before the workout thinking it’s not important. In stark contrast, warm up is essential for a good and “safe” workout. Warming up allows your body to loosen up, generate some heat and get the blood pumping pretty good. Also, your muscles become ready to be put a load on. If you hit your workout without warming up, you will increase the chances of injury, and the workout itself won’t be as effective as you think it will be.
Monitor your body on weekly basis
If you have a weighing machine nearby, you must have a bad habit of checking your weight after each workout session. This habit makes you think extra and unnecessary. You should assess your body on a weekly basis, by weighing as well as by looking at yourself in the mirror. Click your pictures every week and compare the weekly progress. Also, to track your belly fat, use a measuring tape because it is really the inches that matter, not the overall body weight.
Learn and maintain the proper form
A proper form of workout means you’re gonna get exactly what you aim for. If you are looking to gain muscles, you must ensure that you are hitting every muscle group the right way, otherwise, you won’t see the desired results. Similarly, if you wanna lose weight, the proper form will ensure that burn more calories, and minimise the chances of injury. This is by far one of the most important factors in How to get the most out of your workout list.
Hire a fitness coach
How will you learn the proper form? Who will watch your progress and ensure that you don’t go off track? Who will design your workout and diet according to your schedule, body type, health problems such as diabetes? To truly make this work, you need a fitness coach. Even pro bodybuilders have their own coaches not because they themselves have less knowledge, but because everyone needs a mentor who can set rules, ensure discipline and help you achieve your goals. You don’t even have to go to the gym to find a fitness coach, just head to Qriyo’s home tuition website or download home tuition app where you can get fitness trainer at home. Not only in fitness, you will home tutors for more 500 courses.
Find yourself a workout partner
Your workout partner can be your spouse, friend, parents, etc. Research suggests that you are more likely to develop a good habit if you do it with a partner. Since you want to stick to your new year resolution this time, I suggest you get a workout buddy. Your workout buddy and you can have competitions and motivate one another to push beyond limits and kill the workout. Don’t miss this one, that’s how to get the most out of your workout.
Have some caffeine before workout
People yawn a lot when they start their workout, sometimes they find it really hard to hit another round of an exercise. It happens because your mind is not ready to do something that requires a lot of energy and concentration. Fitness enthusiasts consume either black coffee or green tea or caffeine tablets before a workout. Trust me, you will notice a tremendous amount of alertness in your mind, you won’t feel low during the workout.
Invest in supplements if you’re past the beginner level
Supplements are not a magic pill that gives instant results. Keep this mind while buying any supplement. The word supplement itself means making your diet complete. The nutrients which you are supposed to have but cannot manage to, need to be supplemented. If it’s already been 2 months of consistent workout and you want to take things to a new level, then it’s a good idea to invest in some whey protein and other supplements depending on your budget and requirements. You should always first try to fulfill your protein from the real food, if you are not able to (in case of vegetarian), then you can buy protein supplement in your early days. If you want to gain muscles, it’s imperative that you fulfill your protein needs, and if you take an intra-workout drink (BCAAs), then it will work to prevent your muscle breakdown when you train.
I couldn’t do 5 push-ups when I started, now I can do 15 with a 10 KG plate on my back. Imagine how many I can do without the extra weight. My secret was, I kept challenging myself. Seeing pro fitness enthusiasts do crazy things, the only my mind told me was to do something like that one day. So, I did push-ups while waiting for the water get boiled in the kitchen. I did pull-ups before and after taking my bath. When I was comfortable with push-ups, I put the extra weight on my back to further make them challenging. As a result, my body showed the desired results because it was not in its comfort zone. For those who don’t know, I lose 32 Kilos on m own and now I am a freelance fitness coach.
Invest in workout apparel if you are able to stay consistent
A good workout apparel helps to improve your workout performance but it doesn’t mean you buy them on day 1. First, create discipline, maybe for 4 weeks, then think to buy the right apparel that fits you perfectly, that’s how to get the most out of your workout.
How to get the most out of your workout? Get a Qriyo Fitness coach at home
Like I said, you need a coach to make sure you stay on track, to design your diet and workout. So head to Qriyo’s home tuition website or download home tuition app. That is exactly how to get the most out of your workout. You can take yoga classes at home or Zumba class at home, or you can go for some HIIT workouts, Qriyo has a fitness trainer for everything.