Who doesn’t love a good workout? The sweat, pump and all-round sense of achievement is addictive to some and euphoric to others. There’s no doubt: the process of working out is an amazing one! But as with everything important in life, preparation is essential to ensuring the best results. Master your pre-workout routine and you can make your training much more efficient and effective:
1. Snacking for energy
Having a snack before training can be a very wise decision. It gives you that extra boost you need to complete your workout. The ideal snack provides an extra dose of energy for your muscles so that they can go the extra distance when it comes to training. Furthermore, by ensuring and maintaining a safe blood sugar level, you reduce the risks of fainting or sudden muscle weakness. Head for a snack 60-90 minutes before starting your exercise routine to ensure there is time for digestion to complete and allow the nutrients to absorb into the bloodstream. Opt for healthy snacks such as nuts, bananas or wholegrain bread.
2. Water for hydration
Water makes up almost 70% of your body, so it’s no surprise why it is considered important to drink up from time to time. Keeping yourself hydrated helps to maintain blood pressure and prevent it from dropping to an excessively low level. It also helps to increase endurance in your muscles and enhance your performance so that you can complete your training.
3. Promote movement of muscles and joints
Stretching can help loosen the muscles and joints. This creates more flexibility and mobility for the muscles, allowing them to move more smoothly. As a result, you can avoid injuries, cramps and other muscle discomforts. After all, who wants to feel like their ankles are about to snap off during a set of squats?
4. Increase blood flow
Warm-ups are important for the fact that it helps prepare the body for strenuous work. As the muscles produce energy, heat is released. This encourages blood flow to various parts of the body, including the connective tissues and organs. The “looser” and more elastic the muscles are “to a certain extent”, the more they can withstand force, hence reducing the risk of injuries.
The best athletes are always prepared, but very few are privy to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Similarly, in order to get the most out of your training, it is important to prep the body for the work that lies ahead. Remember: those who fail to plan, plan to fail!