It feels like you can’t speak to anybody without one of you bringing up your workout routine. It’s a fantastic way to bond and share advice on how to achieve the results you want. However, it can also make you feel like you’re not reaching the heights you wish you could. While everyone moves at their own pace, you may still want to look at how to improve your workout, and here are four tips to do so:
Get Enough Sleep
The modern world is very go, go, go. But, even though many wear a lack of sleep like a badge of pride, sleep deprivation can have severe effects on your mental health and your physical performance. Getting enough sleep (but not too much sleep), and being sufficiently well-rested will give you the energy to go the extra mile, literally and figuratively, during your next workout.
This allows you to make the most of the energy you have, and you will also be able to sleep easily later on.
Take It Easy(-ish)
It’s tempting to go as hard as you possibly can when working out, but this approach is usually reserved just for those who want to prove something to themselves. Even experienced athletes will give themselves days where they don’t push themselves to the limit, as this can risk causing an injury that severely impacts their progress. Should this occur, you should speak to a Chiropractor to help you get over aches and pains and allow you to get back to it.
As you get more comfortable with workouts and increase your confidence, you’ll be able to push yourself harder without risking injuries.
Have a Goal
While working out is good for your health no matter what, you should also think about the importance of setting fitness goals if you want to improve your performance and get all the benefits you need. This will help you gauge your progress and give you something to compare yourself to, rather than look at others.
It can help motivate you to push yourself, or it can motivate you by demonstrating you are more capable than you thought you were.
Make it Exciting
Doing the same exercise routine is comfortable, but it can also hinder your progress as you become too comfortable with the activity. This means you start to lose your motivation and merely go through the motions. To avoid this, it’s essential to make it exciting by mixing your routine up. The more variety, the better, so consider adding elements to your workout and changing things to keep it fresh.
If you love to run, don’t do the same route every time. If you are more focused on lifting weights, try combining a range of exercises, including free weights and resistance bands.
Finding ways to improve your workout will enable you to take your exercise routine to the next level. If you feel you’ve stagnated in your workouts, just a few changes here and there will enable you to smash it every time and finally see the results you always envisioned.
*Photos by Tim Samuel