A lot of us live pretty busy lives nowadays. One aspect of life that we do not pay enough attention to is fitness and our health. Fitness enthusiasts aim at being fit and healthy, and in order to do that, they have to spend a lot of time at the gym. However, spending that much time at the gym is quite a task for some people. That’s why we need to get the most out of the time we spend there. However, that is easier said than done. In order to help you, we combined a list of tips that will help you double your gym effectiveness and enhance your fitness progress.
The essential thing is to take things slowly, one step at a time. It doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting out with your exercise or not, take it slow! For example, if you’re running or cycling, build up endurance for at least a month before you get into anything more intense. By that we mean that you need to go at a rate where you can easily talk without being out of breath. However, once you build up endurance, you need to step up the intensity. That way, you’ll kick things up a notch when it comes to the effectiveness of your workouts.
High-quality gym clothes
Many gym-goers aren’t aware that what they wear directly affects their workout effectiveness. So, if you end up wearing a tank-top several sizes too big, you’ll be overexposed and tangled due to excess fabric. Not only will you look bad, you will also harm your performance. That’s why you need to buy gym garments made out of lean materials. We advise you to look into performance-enhancing compression clothing. Almost every professional athlete wears compression undershirts or undershorts and it’s easy to see why. Firstly, it looks awesome, since it highlights every muscle and you’re able to see exactly how you impact your body during the exercise. Most importantly, it improves blood circulation, which means that you’ll endure more and recover faster after the workout. Last but not least, we have to emphasize that buying quality training shoes needs to be a priority. Compression clothing enhances your performance but decent shoes prevent ankle and knee injuries. Do not undermine the importance of good shoes!
Many fitness enthusiasts fail to see the all-too-important role of protein on their fitness journey. Okay, eating clean goes without saying. No junk food, no juices or alcohol. However, you also have to pay attention to getting protein to your muscles. Your muscles need it to recover and rebuild themselves. Remember that both cardio and strength workouts require protein for building muscle. There is no exception whatsoever, you need that protein! There are certain foods rich in protein (seafood, white meat from poultry, milk, eggs, beans etc.) but you can also drink whey or soy protein shakes.
Remember to stay hydrated! It’s plain and simple – you have to drink enough water in order to stay hydrated and fresh throughout the day and during your workout sessions. It sounds obvious but you’d be amazed at how many gym-goers still don’t drink enough water. If you’re having a hard time remembering to drink a glass of water every now and then, we have a few tricks for you. For example, every time you check Instagram, drink a glass of water. If you think that water is boring, add some flavor to it. Do not use flavoring agents you see in stores, go for something natural like lemon, watermelon chunks or orange slices.
Mix it up
A common mistake people make is to do a few sets of one exercise without resting between sets. This doesn’t allow your muscles to recover properly and it’s a waste of your workout. However, instead of doing a set, resting, and then doing your second set, it’s more effective to move on to multiple exercises in a circuit, so that you don’t rest between exercises but between muscle groups. This will give you a good cardio workout while you do your strength training.