5 Ways to Make Your Workout More Effective

April 17, 2018

5 Ways to Make Your Workout More Effective

Do you ever feel like you are spending hours in the gym and making little to no progress? This happens to the best of us because we often get into the habit to sticking to the same old workout routine. If this is a problem in your life, here are 5 ways to make your workout more effective.  


1) Put your head down

One of the easiest ways you can waste time in the gym is by talking to others. To avoid this, crank your favourite playlist, put your head down and stay focused. We are there to do what we need to do and get out. Not only will this make your workout more effective by allowing you to focus on the task at hand but it will also decrease the amount of time you spend in the gym.


2) Create a workout plan

Do you ever get to the gym and have no idea what you want to do? As we get into the habit of going to the gym every day, we sometimes can become mindless like we don’t know what we are there to do. To avoid this, make a workout plan before you go to the gym. You should write down the exercises that you plan to execute while you are there, so you don’t even have to think about making up a routine on the spot for you to complete.


3) Complete a HIIT session

Are you the type of person that spend hours and hours a week on the cardio machines looking to get results? While this may be an effective way to get results for some, it is slower than the most untraditional approach of completing a high intensity interval training session (HIIT). HIIT is a training method in which you give all-out effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short recovery periods. This type of training elevates your heart rate and has been proven to burn more fat in less time compared to traditional forms of cardio. 


4) Change it up

Haven’t changed your workout routine in a while and wondering why you are not seeing the results that you hoped for? This is because our bodies adapt to our workout routines making it harder to achieve sustainable progress. To avoid this, you need to change your workout routine every 6-8 weeks, keeping your body guessing what you are going to do next. The changes can be minor or major, depending on the type of progress you are hoping to see with your body. It is always recommended to start off with minor changes to your program if you are new to fitness.


5) Ensure you are consuming enough protein

Protein is the essential building blocks of muscle. Without an adequate amount of protein in your diet to sustain muscle growth, you will not be able to make the most of your workout both physically or mentally. Essentially you may be wasting a number of hours in the gym per week without consuming enough protein to make the gains you may be seeking. To ensure you are consuming enough protein, use a food tracking app like My Fitness Pal to see how much protein you are getting through your diet per day. From there you will be able to make the necessary adjustments to your protein intake.


Through the implementation of these 5 techniques into your workout routine, you are bound to have more effective workouts. For more tips on fitness and health related topics, click here!


Bio: Mercedes is the founder of M.B Fitness – an outlet for everything fitness. There she carries out online coaching, workouts, and guides for anyone who is in need of fitness guidance. Always preaching body positivity and the empowerment of woman, her aim is to inspire and motivate others along their own wellness journeys. She provides a holistic approach to fitness incorporating health and wellness into all of her programs. www.fit4za.com

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