Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Workout Sessions
Make Your Workout Sessions More Beneficial!
If you’re new to working out or just looking for some new ways to spice up your routine, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Incorporating these tips into your workout routine can help improve your results as well as make working out more enjoyable:
1. Make your own playlist
Everyone knows listening to music can fire you up and motivate you during a workout, but there are more benefits to listening to your favorite playlist than you may think. Listening to music causes a rhythmic response, which is the tendency for people to synchronize their movements to the beat of the music they are listening to. Not only that but following a repetitive beat seems to help the body be more efficient with energy. This can be extremely helpful if you are running for example. Listening to music will allow you to pace yourself and keep a steady stride. The motivation music provides can help you push through some of the pain and fatigue that intense workouts can cause, while also boosting endurance by a significant amount.
You can create your own playlists, or use playlists made and shared by other people. Check out these tips to create the best workout playlist.
- Stick to a schedule
Find a time of the day that is conducive to working out and stick to it. The more consistently you stick to your schedule, to more natural it is going to feel, so make it a habit of working out on the designated days and times you choose. On top of this, it may be beneficial to schedule what workouts you do on whichever day. This can easily be scheduled in a written planner, on your phone calendar, or there are even apps designed to help you create the ideal workout routine. You don’t want to overwork some muscles while leaving others out completely, so designating days for chest and back, legs, arms, and abs will ensure each area gets a significant workout. It is also crucial to pencil in a designated rest day. Your body will need time to rest and heal in order for you to maintain a sustainable workout routine, so always make sure to give your body at least one day of rest.
- Invite a friend
Working out can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to it or join a new gym. To make this a more comfortable and enjoyable experience, bring a friend along! Having someone there with you can actually help you improve your workout, helping you build accountability and motivation. Exercising with someone who is at the same fitness level as you can help you encourage each other to push a little harder than you might on your own. Working out with someone with a higher skill level could also be beneficial to you. This partner can give you new tips and assist you in making your routine more effective. Overall, having a gym buddy can make the experience much more fun and make the time go by faster, so buddy up!
- Intervals, intervals, intervals!
Interval training can help you get the most out of your workout in a shorter period of time. Interval training, sometimes called high-intensity interval training (HIIT), is alternating between short bursts of high-intensity activity with longer intervals of less intense activity. Interval training can make your workouts more exciting. The combination of high intensity and low intensity adds variety to your workouts, never leaving you bored. Interval training is also significantly more time manageable than a regular workout. A HIIT workout can be done in about 15-20 minutes compared to 40 minutes of regular exercise. If time is of the essence and gets in your way of working out, consider some interval training!
Check out some of the top ten best interval training exercises.
- Be sure to stretch and warm-up!
Skipping a warm-up or stretch session before a workout can greatly increase your chances of injury and put more strain on your muscles. When preparing for any workout, it’s important to take a few minutes to get your muscles ready for some exercise. Warm-up exercises can help your body get ready for strenuous activity and make it easier to exercise. Some important benefits of warming up include:
- Increased flexibility
- Lower risk of injury
- Increased blood flow and oxygen
- Improved performance
- Less muscle tension and pain
A warm-up should take no longer than 5-10 minutes. It may also be beneficial to pair a beginning warm-up with a finishing cool-down session at the end of your workout. This will allow your heart rate to slow back to normal after an intense workout.
Check out some of these useful warm-up exercises.
To learn more about how to keep yourself physically fit, check out the UNH Physical Wellness website here.