Many people work out regularly. However, they aren’t always reaping the maximum benefits from these workouts.
Are you putting time and effort into regular exercise but not seeing the results you were hoping for? Here are four things you can do to make your workouts more effective.
We all know we should be doing it… but most of us skip it anyway. Start your workout by warming up. This helps get your muscles and joints ready for action. It also helps get your body temperature to where it needs to be for optimal performance.
A quick warm up before your workout can go a long way into preparing your body for your workout and staying injury-free.
Try this quick warm up. It only takes five minutes and it’s a great way to loosen your muscles, increase blood flow and get your heart rate up.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. If you’re one of those people who walks into a gym and just wings it, you’re probably not reaping the maximum benefits from your workout.
Having a clear and proven exercise plan helps prepare your mind and body for the workout. It also prevents you from walking aimlessly through the gym wondering what to do next.
Form should come first
When it comes to working out effectively, quality is often more important than quantity. In the heat of the moment it’s easy to forget proper form and just focus on getting those extra couple of reps in. As our workout progresses our technique gets sloppier.
Doing a move with proper technique ensures that the right muscles are engaged at right intensity and proportion. Not only does this make your workout more effective, it also reduces the risk of injury to your muscles or joints due to uncontrolled movements.
Maintaining proper form during your workouts will make you much stronger and keep you safer in the long run. An injury can set you back for months. Even worse, over time sloppy form can lead to lasting damage to your joints, muscles or cartilage.
So, alway make the effort to do any move with the best possible technique. If this means working out with lower weights or reducing your number of reps, remember it’s a small price to pay for long-term fitness.
Training to failure may sound cool, but is not the optimal way to train. It is dangerous because you tend to lose proper form and it often results in sub-optimal muscle recruitment. In other words, it seldom helps with long-term fitness.
Instead of training to failure, work on finishing strong. Every rep of every set of every workout. This will make your workouts more effective for three reasons:
- You are not fatigued so muscle recruitment and usage can be at its best.
- The risk of injuring yourself is greatly reduced.
- Your muscles recover faster after your workouts.
Cool down and stretch
After you finish your workout, take a few minutes to cool down and do some light stretches. Stretching helps restore muscle length and brings the body temperature and heart rate back to normal.
Try this simple post workout cool down and stretching routine.
Implementing these simple tips can help increase the the effectiveness of your workouts as well as reducing the risk of injury and speeding up your recovery time.