So you have signed up for a gym membership, bought yourself some new running shoes, and you are ready to get in shape.
Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of each visit to the gym and will have you seeing results much quicker:
Your body is like an engine, it needs fuel in order to perform to full capacity. If you do to the gym on an empty stomach you will become tired and hungry quicker and you will not be able to push yourself to your full potential.
Before going to the gym, you should eat a small meal with workout-friendly foods such as whole grains, fruit, and protein.
Keeping hydrated is essential during your workout, because your muscles need water to perform and you will be losing lots of fluid through your sweat.
Drink a big glass of water an hour or so before you head to the gym, and then bring a water bottle which you can sip from as you are working out.
Then when you return home, drink another big glass to replenish the fluids you have lost.
Build Your Muscles
As you get stronger, you need to slowly increase the intensity of your weight training routine so that you can build up your major muscle groups.
The more you develop your muscles, the more calories your body will burn even when you are at rest. You will also be able to do more cardio and won’t tire as quickly.
When you are doing weight training, you should start with a weight that you can only lift 8-12 times before you can’t lift it any more.
If you can’t do 8 reps, it’s too heavy for you and if you can do more than 12 it’s too light. As you get stronger, slowly increase the amount of weight.
Go Hard or Go Home
No one ever lost any weight by sitting on a stationary bicycle and pedaling slowly while reading fitness magazines. For your gym visits to be worth your time, you need to put more effort into your fitness routine.
Rather than doing longer periods of less intense exercise, you are better off spending less time at the gym but really pushing yourself while you are there.
Challenge yourself to higher levels of resistance on the elliptical, stair climber or rowing machine. If you swim, try to beat your own time for how many laps you can swim in 15 minutes.
The more you push yourself, the more you will burn.
Good luck, and enjoy your workouts!