by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
As much as we all hate to admit it, good workouts that push your body are an important part of losing weight and keeping fit. Increasing your performance in your chosen exercise routine, ideally one that is short and intense, can help you to gain strength, lose more weight, and be more successful in keeping it off.
How do you go about it; however? Good question! Read on for tips to help you improve your workouts and just possibly experience better weight loss results.
First, understand that hydration is extremely important when it comes to any type of cardiovascular workout routine. If your body is not properly hydrated when you work out and replenished when you stop working out, it can be difficult to attain any level of performance.
You shouldn’t have to wait to see signs of dehydration to know that you need to keep hydrated since it will negatively affect performance. In addition, you’ll be miserable and uncomfortable and run the risk of developing health problems.
So, do the smart thing and make sure you drink plenty of liquids (water or sports drink) before you work out and while you work out as well as afterwards. While it is true that you will typically lose a little water weight after you exercise, this isn’t the type of weight you want to lose. Be good to your body by giving it the fluids it needs and your body will be good to you.
You can also help to improve your performance by eating right. Think of food as a source of energy. If you are not fueling your workouts how can you expect a good workout? Depending on the type of diet and weight loss plan that you are following, this can vary from one person to the next, but for many people it’s a good idea to consume a low fat and high carbohydrate diet.
It is also important to make sure that you start out in the best condition as possible when you begin a weight loss and exercise regimen. This means taking the time to see your doctor beforehand, which can help to prevent placing any undue stress on your body. This is especially important if you have any type of health condition, even if you might not know about it.
Resist the temptation of ramping up your workouts by doing too much at once. This is one of the most common mistakes. Begin by working out slowly and then work your way up in terms of intensity as well as the amount of time you spend working out.
Finally, don’t forget to listen to what your body may be telling you. It can be difficult to achieve any level of performance if your body is exhausted or experiencing pain. If this happens, listen to your body and take a rest or give your body time to heal before working out again.