We all know how important it is to exercise to keep ourselves healthy. As busy as our schedules are we want to get the most out of our workout, especially if don’t have a lot of time to do so. Seeing results means putting in the effort but, there are factors that can interfere with our exercise performance that may delay the attainment of the goals we’re trying so hard to achieve. Here are five factors that can keep you from getting the most out of your workout.
1. Stress is the number one factor that could hinder your workout and therefore your results. When we are stressed out we tend not only to lose the motivation but, we also focus less on our workout as we are doing it which can lead to less calories burned. When you feel stressed try taking deep breaths pre workout, make sure you’re focused on the activity and check your effort level periodically to make sure you’re burning at the maximum level.
2. Sleep is another factor that can definitely put a slump in your fitness routine. It’s hard to get fit if you don’t get enough sleep and there’s nothing like being tired on your morning run. Adults need at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night and sometimes quality can be better than quantity. For a good night’s rest try and go to bed at the same time every night, make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet and don’t log on three hours before hitting the sheets.
3. Injury is an obvious impediment to fitness. If you’re ankle is sprained or your muscle is pulled its side line city for a while. The best medicine in this case is to avoid it! If you find yourself over tired or overstressed it’s probably best to wait till the next day to exercise. If experiencing pain or muscle fatigue in a particular area of your body, don’t ignore it. You may need to get it checked out before a serious injury can occur.
4. Eating habits can affect your work out both positively and negatively. No matter the activity it takes adequate nutrition to fuel your workout. Eating to little can lead to fatigue and injury. In the same respect, eating too much, especially of the wrong things, can do more harm than good. Make sure to maintain a well balanced, healthful diet in the range of your required caloric intake and limit alcoholic beverages which can dehydrate.
5. Water consumption, an important part of a healthful diet, is too often ignored. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day is extremely important for all bodily functions but, even more is necessary when exercising in hot climates or for extended periods of time. You may need to adjust your intake to accommodate greater water loss. Dehydration can be a serious condition when it comes to exercise.
With such busy schedules and hectic lives we definitely want t to get the most out of our fitness routine to gain better health and look and feel great. But often times we need to focus on taking care of ourselves outside the gym to ensure that we are getting the best out of our workout each time.