6 Tips to Instantly Improve Your Workout
We’ve all had days when we don’t feel like working out, and even though we know we’ll feel better afterwards, it can still be difficult to dig deep and muster the enthusiasm and energy. If that’s something that rings true, take solace in the fact that there are small ways to change your mindset and in fact improve your workout and performance. Read on to find out more.
Find the right mental space
Often half the time the reason we might not feel like working out is more to do with what else is going on, rather than the exercise itself. Whether you’re carrying work stresses or negative thoughts about some other issue with you, trying to clear your mind of those thoughts before you begin your workout will help remove any obstacles you feel about committing to your session. To do that, try and take 10 minutes before your workout to sit in a calm and quiet space and focus on just your breathing. Helping get yourself into a more neutral headspace can make all the difference and help you rid yourself of any negativity before you start.
Choose the right music
We all know the power of a good playlist when we exercise, so it makes sense that playing something energetic and upbeat can make a huge difference in switching on motivation. Listening to the right music is a great way to relieve boredom, and studies show it can help improve the quality of your workout by increasing your stamina, enhancing your mood and overriding your brain’s fatigue signals.
Prep and plan your session
Even if you’re only feeling mildly unmotivated, heading to the gym without a plan of action will only increase the feelings of apathy. To maximise your session, and your mood, go with a strong sense of purpose which will give you the impetus you need to get into the right mindset and smash your workout.
Warm up properly
Although making sure you warm up properly will help you enormously from a physical point of view, enabling full mobility and releasing any muscle tightness, it will also work wonders mentally, give you a bit of time to focus in on the session ahead of you and get into the zone. Because your muscles are nicely warmed up, your performance and results will be better, which in turn will help you feel more positive about continuing on your workout streak.
Not eating enough before you exercise is a sure-fire way to disengage your brain from the task in front of you and negatively impact your mindset and your performance. To combat any pangs of hunger while you work out, make sure you’re fully satiated. A high protein shake made with Workshop’s Organic Vanilla Pea Protein Formula is a good idea.
Dress the part
When you look good, you feel good, so if you’re feeling in a slump about the thought of working out, make sure you wear the piece of kit that always makes you feel your best. It may sound trivial but every little helps and sometimes it can be the tiny detail you need to get you into the zone.