Run for 20 minutes. Bike for 10. Stretch for 10. The same workout routine everyday can demotivate and stagnate your physical success. Why not make working out more fun? With these simple tips, you can enjoy working out again and drop the stubborn weight or gain the desired muscle mass.
Let’s say it’s Monday – probably the hardest day to get out of bed early to fit in a grueling workout. Mondays become a lot easier to look forward to when your workout buddy sends you the 6am wakeup-and-workout text. Having someone who will hold you to the empty words of “I will workout tomorrow,” or “I can eat this because I’m going to work out later,” makes it a lot harder to back out. Also, the two of you can motivate and push each other further. Try to choose a partner who is one step ahead of you athletically. This will create healthy competition and motivate you to keep up and keep going.
Get Up and Get it Done
Rolling out of bed and into your workout clothes is by far the hardest part of the routine. But, splash some water on your face and tie up those running shoes because morning routines are advantageous. Your metabolism will reward you as it speeds up the processions of the day’s food. Night workouts can be great as well, but only if you actually follow through with it. Time after time, newly inspired athletes will postpone their workouts until the after-dinner hour. But after their long day, they become too tired to workout as hard as they had hoped or even to follow through with the commitment at all. Checking off the morning workout early will fill you with a boost of energy and a sense of accomplishment so that you can easily take on the challenge of the day.
Eat the food that prepares you for your workout. Everybody has different needs when it comes to pre- and post-workout fuel. Eating something light, but high in protein is usually the way to go before you sweat. When I know I am heading into a heavy workout session, this is my favorite pre-workout protein drink.
After your workout, reward yourself with the healthy breakfast that you deserve and don’t forget to provide your body with the right macronutrients that it lost during your workout. Unless you are intermittent fasting, eat your breakfast! A generous portion for breakfast will satisfy, replenish, and set you up for the day well. But keep it sugar free. Sugar will spike your blood sugar and then leave you starving and craving unhealthy snacks before the lunch hour ticks into place.