Improve your Gym workout

Improve your Gym workout

workoutAlright you have joined a gym and expect to get the best out of exercising. I hear a lot of members agonising about making it to the gym on a daily basis. Some complain that they do not see any difference. So how can we  make your workout much more effective!!! Let us have a look at a few pointers.

  • Eat enough– Yes, very low calorie diets do not provide enough energy  for that rigorous one hour cardio and for those muscles. Get your calorie requirements planned by a dietitian and eat on regular times,
  • Hydrate well– Drinking water only at the gym is not enough. You have to drink through out the day and over a liter while working out. This prevents fatigue, dizziness and dehydration.
  • Pre-exercise and Post exercise snack– Eating healthy carbs before and after is very important and definitely adding protein to these snacks can help. Healthy snacks can be milk, whey protein smoothies, yogurt, fruits etc.
  • Pre-planning– Yes, like how you decide when to eat and shop, plan your workouts. If you do go to a gym where they make exercise plans, then it is easy.
  • Keep your gym wear closer– Packing your gym bag helps to reach to your workout on time and cut back on missed workouts. The cozy couch always beckons when you reach home!!! So pack up those shoes and slacks before hand.
  • Get a trainer– The next best thing to joining a gym. They push you towards your goals and make your workouts much more effective and prevent any injuries. Check for credentials and references before you choose one.
  • Buy an Ipod– Chatting with the person on the next treadmill can slow you down. Concentrating on the workout can prevent injuries as well as ensure a consistent calorie burn. Put on the earplugs, shut out others’ grunts and groans and exercise away.
  • Get a buddy– Working out with someone with the same goals help as they do not demotivate you.
  • Buy good gym wear– Its all about style. Wearing good gear can be very motivating and aiming to wear good gear too can get you there.

Get off the couch and get going to the gym and make the most of it.


Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

2 Replies to “Improve your Gym workout”

  1. Very well said, I just started going to they gym a month back, although I used to workout like crazy before, was well built, I quit around 2 years back. A simple reason- was just being lazy.

    And one day I looked at my self in the mirror, Had love handles, a beer belly and an about to erupt double chin.. This was it! I couldn’t take it any more of my pathetic condition.

    With the support of my wife and my family, I started Hitting the gym a month back!

    I gave up sugar, oil, chips. chocolates, I quit alcohol, And The results are already showing.

    I lost 4 Kilos in just a matter of 25 days, with proper diet, cardio and weight training.

    Whatever written here, holds truth.

    I would also suggest people going through motivational videos of obese people hitting the gym and transforming themselves,

    I like watching aamir Khans Gajani training videos. It gives me that last minute boost for a workout.

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