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5 Things You Have To Do Before Working Out

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Are you getting the most out of your workout? Your time is precious, and you need to know that what you do at the gym is effective and is optimizing the time and effort you invest for your target weight loss goals. Work smarter, not harder, to achieve the stronger, leaner and more flexible body you want.  And you can only do this by completing these 5 things before you work out. Each tip is designed to get you burning more calories, increase your capacity to build muscle and improve cardiovascular fitness.

1) Be hydrated.  Drink sufficient water at 2-3 hours before you work out. Of course you should always keep your body well-hydrated no matter if you exercise or not, but drink a little more a couple of hours before hitting the gym. This will help your body improve the circulation of nutrients, which can have a positive impact on your ability to maximize your physical state and decrease your recovery.

2) Eat well the day before, especially if you have low blood pressure. The last thing you want to happen is to experience that crash during your work out. You know, when you just hit that brick wall and simply cannot move any longer. Eating well prevents this from happening, so you can stay at peak performance.

3) Don’t eat right before your workout. Food that’s just been delivered to your stomach needs energy to digest, which means you’ll be diverting precious energy to your stomach instead of your game. It’s not good for gastro-intestinal health and makes it more difficult to workout, plus the valsalva maneuver is compromised. If you eat anything, keep it to a light snack (e.g. banana) and make it an hour minimum beforehand.

4) De-stress and mentally prepare yourself. Take time to calm down, particularly if you’re coming from a busy or stressful environment. A positive mental state is important, especially because a negative one can tap energy from your nervous system – it should be used on your workout!

5) A little caffeine won’t hurt, and it may even help you to perform better. Charles Poliquin, an Olympic Strength Trainer, recommends taking a caffeine supplement about 45 minutes before you start exercising. Research has found that it may also help you burn fat better.

While everyone has their things they do to get pumped to work out, these tips have all been provided as a way to optimize the results you achieve from your workout.

Now what are you waiting for? Get your sweats on and hit the gym!

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