How Important Is a Pre-workout Routine?

Planning to make fitness a part of your life is a lofty goal, but it’s also an achievable goal for nearly everyone. Whether you decide you’re going to start running, play a sport, or simply involve yourself in some additional cardio exercise at home, simply jumping in and doing might sound like a solid plan, but it isn’t. A big part of your new routine will also involve the habits you adopt before the workout. 

1. Nutrition

How you eat is just as important as how much exercise you get, but how you eat before your workout is something else entirely. Your body needs fuel for the workout, so you need to make sure you’re getting plenty of glycogen, which comes from carbs, and protein, which will help improve performance. For many people, rather than attempting to calculate the carbs and protein they need to ingest prior to working out, supplements can offer some pre workout answers. Always discuss nutrition concerns you may have with your doctor. 

2. Sleep

How you sleep can have a big impact on your workout performance. If you don’t get a restful night of sleep, your body may not produce the right hormones to help get you in the mood to workout. For many people who find they simply don’t have the energy to begin a regular routine, their sleep habits may provide some beneficial answers. 

Everyone needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep to perform at their optimal ability. Even 30 minutes off can be detrimental to the success of your day. Find the right amount of sleep for you and stick to it. Then try again on starting a regular exercise routine. 

3. Fluids

Getting enough fluids before and during your workout is essential to aiding your body in regulating body temperature and staying hydrated. In the hours before your workout, be sure you’re getting plenty of fluids. Then, 30 minutes prior to your workout, drink at least 8 ounces of water. This will ensure your workout session gets off to a good start. During your workout, drink as much as needed. 

4. Have a Plan

Having a plan for how you workout can provide you with the best results in reaching your goal. Develop a plan that works all your muscle groups, and then give extra focus to any areas you might see as a problem area. After all, the end result is based on your desires, so your routine needs to be tailored to meeting your objectives. Having a plan can help you stay on track, but it can also keep you from losing interest. Having variety, and switching days from cardio to strength training can also add interest. 

5. The Warm Up

You never want to go straight from cold to hot. If you go from sitting straight into intense cardio exercise you can cause muscle damage and experience increased soreness after your workout. Your body also needs a moment to elevate its temperature and your heart will appreciate the time given to increase its beats per minute. By easing into your workout, you are giving your body a chance to get your blood flowing and oxygen circulating. Stretch your muscles so they warm up for the intense training that lies ahead. 

Working out may sound simple enough, but there is a lot of planning and preparation that goes with it if you want to do it right. Ensure you are eating to support the additional activity and pressure you are putting your body under. Adjust your sleep so you feel rested. It may take time to adjust to your new routine, and you should expect to feel soreness and a new kind of exhaustion, but if you stick with it and do it right, the rewards you reap will make every bit of your planning and preparation worth it. Imagine yourself a year from now. Not only do you look better, but you feel better. 

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