Make Your Workouts More Effective
We’ve all been there. We start out with the best intensions, come up with a goal, and a plan, and commit to getting in better shape. But then something happens. We get injured. We don’t see the results we expected. We get discouraged. Sometimes, we even quit.
So, how do you make sure to stay on track with your fitness goals?
We’ve come up with some simple tips to make your workout more effective, maximize your results, and minimize your chances of injury.
Always make sure you warm up first. According to Mayo Clinic, a warm-up should last around 5 minutes. Warming up helps prepare your body for aerobic activity and lowers your risk of injury.
Fueling your body before a workout is just as important. Protein is one of the most important nutrients. The recommended dietary allowance is 56 grams per day for men and 46 grams per day for women. While this may sound like a lot, and you may not be a fan of protein shakes or bars, there are several foods that are excellent sources of protein.
Some examples include:
- 1/2 salmon fillet – 30g
- half a chicken breast – 26g
- 3 ounces of lean beef – 25g
- 7 ounces of greek yogurt – 20g
- 2 eggs – 12g
- 2 ounces of almonds – 12g
- 1/2 cup of lentils – 9g
- 1 cup quinoa – 8g
Above all, always listen to your body while exercising. Pace yourself and be patient. You will continue to get stronger and more resilient over time. Prioritize cooling down after you workout. A cool down activity can take as little as 5 to 10 minutes. Walking, yoga, or static stretching are great options. This will speed up your muscle recovery and reduce soreness.
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