3 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Workouts

If you have made the commitment of following a regular fitness plan, chances are like most fitness fanatics, you are always looking for ways to improve your workouts. This may include habits like sneaking in a quick fix on the treadmill during your lunch break, going for the stairs instead of the elevator every chance you get, investing in vitamin supplements, and so on. But did you know that there are actually far simpler and cheaper ways to improve workouts? Here we look at 3 easy to implement tricks that will help you see better and faster workout results. 

 

#1. Include Variety in Your Workouts

One of the best ways to improve workouts is to include variety in your exercise sessions. Sticking to the same workout routines will see your body adjust to the regular stress level and thereby bring exercise benefits to a screeching halt. Mixing things up however continuously challenges the body thereby ensuring consistent all-rounded results.

 

When it comes to keeping workouts varied, there are plenty of options. You could go for High-Intensity Interval Training, follow a cardio exercise with strength training, change up your routines every few weeks, focus on the upper body during one workout session and then work the lower body during the next, and so forth. The trick is to ensure that your workout plan incorporates everything from cardio, to muscle strengthening, to stretching, to flexibility training, to balance exercises. 

 

#2. Aim for Failure with Reps

A good and effective trick to improving workouts is to train to failure during exercises that require repetitive moves (e.g. pushups, planks, and weightlifting routines). This entails doing exercise reps until the working muscle(s) becomes so spent that it cannot complete one more repetition while maintaining proper form.

 

The upside to exercising to failure is that it boosts the effectiveness of your workouts thus enabling you to burn more calories as well as build more strength and muscle mass than you would while doing 2-3 sets of a workout routine every session. To top it up, exercising to failure also helps keep the workout intensity well within your body’s limits thereby reducing risk of injury. 

 

#3. Eat Right

While hitting more miles on the treadmill/outdoor run or doing as many reps as possible during workouts is the best way to enjoy great results, the food you eat also plays a huge role in aiding or jeopardizing your fitness. So, if you want to get the most out of your workouts, you need to be careful about what you put into your body and when you eat. 

In addition to the commonly practiced habits of following a low fat diet to lose more weight, combining weightlifting workouts with a protein rich diet to build muscles, and taking in fewer calories than you burn, it is also important that you: 

 

  • Avoid eating before workouts: Whether you exercise at the beginning or end of the day, it is essential that you push your breakfast or dinner to after the workout. This is because exercise increases levels of the fat burning hormone adrenalin thus allowing for better weight loss results. Eating before a workout however, sees the insulin produced to help with digestion blunt out the spike in adrenaline and consequently, you burn less fat. 

 

  • Get some protein into your body after each workout: Whether in the form of a protein bar, protein shake, or a simple protein-rich meal, getting some protein into your system after a workout offers great benefits. Protein increases muscle building potential, reduces muscle soreness by healing the micro tears that occurred during intense workouts, and significantly cuts recovery time. All these benefits work towards boosting workout performance and results. 

 

If you are a serious fitness enthusiast who makes it a point to schedule their day around the gym, the least you could do is to make sure that all the effort you put in towards improving your fitness does not go to waste. With these tips, you will be able to maximize the benefits of your workout time. So, put them into action and make each workout session count.

5 Tips for Helping You Achieve Anything You Want in Life

Have you ever thought about how it would feel to be able to achieve anything you want during your lifetime? Would you like to be able to travel wherever you wanted or get any qualification you put your mind to? Achieving anything you want in life definitely isn’t easy, but it is possible if you have the right mindset. 

 

  1. Focus on the journey, not the destination

Of course you want to arrive at the destination eventually, but if that’s all you ever focus on, you’ll take all the fun out of your life and become very stressed about what you’re trying to achieve. While you’re studying, working hard or concentrating on achieving your goals, enjoy every second of it and create many memories. 

 

  1. Don’t compare yourself to other people

Goals that force you to try and become better than everybody else are never good goals to make. While you might become the best in the world, trying to achieve this without thinking about other things as well can become very draining. Don’t compare yourself to other people and try to become better or achieve the same thing within a shorter time frame. 

 

  1. Know when to be tough

Don’t hate yourself when you fall down or need to step up and try again, but be tough on yourself when you need to be. If you know you’re not working as hard as you could be in order to achieve your goals, push yourself. 

 

  1. Don’t rely on anybody else

You shouldn’t rely on other people to help you achieve what you want to achieve in life. At the end of the day, you are accountable for your own actions and your own goals, and if you don’t achieve them, nobody else is going to suffer because of it. If somebody else isn’t doing well or achieving their goals, don’t use this as an excuse to fall behind. You can still achieve everything you want without relying on other people. 

 

  1. Don’t burn out 

When you work very hard, you put yourself at risk of burning yourself out. This is something that you should be aware of from the start and should seek to protect yourself from. When your body and mind burns out, you won’t be able to achieve anything, so staying away from this is the most important thing to remember. 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #110

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Diwali or Deepavali (Festival of Lights) will be celebrated on the New Moon of October 27. We light up our houses and public spaces with earthen oil lamps, candles or electric lights. It is a metaphor for conquering darkness with light.

Darkness and light inspire a lot of quotes, poetry and other forms of literature. I like to live in twilight zones. I believe that none of the two are absolute. There is always a degree of relativity, which makes us value one over another.

Lighting a lamp is a metaphor for so many things – where does the light come from?

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All of us respond to darkness in our own individual ways. It can bring out the…

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Tale Weaver # 246 – Eternity – October 24

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This week consider the concept of eternity. It doesn’t always refer to the next life. Sometimes waiting for the doctor can seem like an eternity….so any long wait can leave us frustrated and thinking we’ll never get seen to.

Go where the word takes you, and have fun.

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FOTD – October 24, 2019 – Pumpkins and Mums

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Feel free to post every day or when you you feel like it.  Please continue to post your entries on my daily post.  Here is a link to my FOTD page.  Thanks.

Don’t forget that my FOTD challenge accepts leaves and berries as well as flowers.

I’ve gathered a list of challenges and their hosts.  So if you know a challenge host, please direct them to my blog.  Feel free to contact me anytime.  I hope everyone will be able to use my lists.

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Your Daily Word Prompt – Copious – October 24, 2019

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