Fuel Your Body Appropriately
What you feed your body both before and after a workout can have a huge impact on your results. You should never embark on a workout on an empty stomach. Ideally, you should fuel your body with healthy carbs (such as those from fruits and whole grains) before your workout. After a workout, you can help your muscles heal by eating foods that are high in protein. And of course, make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water both before and after your workouts.
Work With a Personal Trainer
Sometimes, you may not be seeing results because you’re simply not doing the best exercises for reaching your goals. This is where it can be helpful to get some insight and guidance from a professional, such as a personal trainer, who will be able to provide you with a customized workout plan. Plus, a personal trainer can also help to stay accountable and help you when it comes to developing a nutrition plan.
Lift Weights Slowly in Both Directions
When lifting weights to build muscle, you can make the most out of each rep by slowing it down. It’s generally better to do a few slower repetitions with heavy weight than it is to do a lot of repetitions quickly and with lighter weight. And make sure that you’re not only lifting weights slowly, but releasing them slowly as well. This way, your muscles are getting a workout on both ends of the lift.
Mix it Up From Time to Time
Finally, prevent your body from getting too accustomed to a certain workout by mixing things up regularly. Otherwise, you may stop seeing results over time. For example, if you usually run on the treadmill, you might consider mixing things up by taking a spin class, trying some Pilates, or even spending some time on the elliptical. These small changes can help give your body the boost it needs.
As you can see, there are many ways to get more out of your workouts. If you’re interested in working with a personal trainer for further guidance, contact us.
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