It is a common misconception to believe that you are getting the most out of your workout just by getting up and moving around, but what if we told you that you could get even more benefit out of it or that you are potentially on a track to slowing it down? We have put together this short list of tips to help you get the most benefit out of your workout:
1. Get an annual check-up
Conditions like diabetes and heart disease can lurk in the background even for those who are physically active, therefore we advise you to get an annual health check-up with your doctor. Most gyms and fitness centers will require it. Be sure to also talk to your doctor about your fitness plans regardless of whether or not you have a preexisting condition or are on any medications.
2. Don’t forget to warm up and cool down
Warm-ups can help your blood flow better so that you can move more fluidly during your exercise. You can do anything from a slow walk to a light jog before hitting it hard, or just the opposite when you are cooling down. If strength training is more you thing, you are still advised to take a slow walk on a treadmill or light cardio to get your heart and other vessels ready.
3. Increase slowly
Your body will look and feel better if you choose to build up slowly rather than increase all at once. It is also safer, which is indirectly a benefit of the workout. Building on that is our next tip.
4. Use the technique
Working out isn’t always just about doing the workout, it is also about how you do the workout. If you are straining or your body is experiencing pain, stop immediately. Pause, correct your form, and then go back to your workout. This helps your muscles improve the right way and not be counterproductive later on.
5. Get a personal trainer
Not only will a personal trainer be qualified to give you gym advice to help you gain the most benefit from your workout, they will also know you and your personal needs, then be able to recommend better workouts based on that. Yes, they cost money, but a body that looks and feels good is worth investing in. The trainer will also ensure that your posture is correct and will help you grow at a smoother, and safer, rate.
Have fun and stay safe!