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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.

 

Morning workout increases metabolism throughout the day?

Morning workout increases metabolism throughout the day?

Morning workout

Working out before eating breakfast offers no additional or superior rewards. In general, any time you exercise, you’ll raise your metabolism during the session and for some time afterwards. Studies have shown that the more intensely you exercise, the longer your metabolic rate stays raised. The magnitude and duration of this increase varies from person to person, and from workout to workout.

The belief that training on an empty stomach leads to increased fat burning is also not true. During exercise, muscles burn a combination of carbohydrate and fat. As one becomes more fit, his or her muscles utilize a greater percentage of fat for energy.

Another consideration to think about is that many people are in low energy mode when they first wake up because blood sugar levels are usually at their lowest then. If one eats sometime before getting physically active, s/he may have more oomph, get in a more strenuous session, and work off more calories and fat than if s/he hadn’t eaten. These facts aren’t presented to dissuade early birds from their routine, but to dispel some myths from circulating.

While an elevation in metabolism may be desirable for many of us, it’s not enough to result in any significant weight loss.