It’s hard to stay motivated when we don’t see the results right away, and especially with the holidays approaching, things slow down at the gym and many fall off the wagon. Use these 5 fitness tips to not only stay on track, but to get your fitness results faster.
5 Ways to Get Fitness Results Faster
The more the merrier.
Get a workout buddy. I cannot stress enough the importance of accountability. If you know there’s someone else waiting for you, someone you’re committed to, you are less likely to bail. It also helps to cheer each other on and improve together.
There’s always more!
Many people like to do the same thing. The EXACT same thing over and over again. I get it. We are creatures of habit, why fix if it ain’t broken, right? Well guess what: it is broken. What may seem difficult the first few times becomes easy in just a few sessions. Your body adapts and it’s no longer a challenge for it, hence it is no longer transforming. Don’t be afraid to change things up. Add more weights, switch out the moves, up the cardio intensity. So many things to play with. You are doing it for a reason, so don’t phone it in. Spent that 30-60 minutes you set aside getting results, not just aimlessly going through the motions.
Train with a purpose
This goes hand in hand with number two. Don’t just show up at the gym thinking “I’ll just do whatever”. Take some time to plan it out. Figure out your goals and what it would take to get there, then pick your reps accordingly. With no plan you just end up wandering around the gym, clocking in more miles going from equipment to equipment than if you ran 30 minutes on the treadmill. Don’t cheat yourself out of a good workout by not planning ahead.
Mind the food
As I’ve said it before, you can’t out exercise a bad diet. You should eat based on what your goals are and match it to your workout. If you want to lose weight, you’ll eat less, if you want to maintain, your burn and intake should cancel each other out, if you’re in the business of growing muscle, bump up your intake a little or use calorie partitioning. Eat about 10% more than your usual intake on days you lift heavy, so those 10% can go directly to build muscle.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
And I don’t mean sodas or other “amazing”, result promising sports drinks, that are just filled with stuff you never even heard of or can pronounce. Water keeps your body going, flushes out toxins and lactic acid that build up after a workout, causing that sore feeling the next day we all love to hate. If you’re doing things right you are sweating a lot during your workout, so you want to make sure the liquid lost is replaced. Dehydration can also lead to feeling stiff, fatigued and even hungry. So grab that bottle and drink up!
Whenever you feel off, just look back at this list and see where you need to amp it up a little. We’re human, we’re not perfect and it’s ok to get off track at times, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t hop right back on. And if all else fails, just remember why you started.