Summer is almost upon us, and I’m sure that most of you have already started going to the gym to achieve those beach-ready bodies. Well if you’re planning to do so, here are five reminders that you should keep in mind while working on that Instagram-worthy summer body!
5. Never start a workout on an empty stomach
If you don’t eat before a workout, where will you get the energy to lift those dumbbells? You’ll need to fuel up before hitting it. However, make sure that you only eat easily digested food, and not a steak and two cups of rice.
4. Warming up and cooling down
It may seem tedious to do, but warming up your muscles will provide you the necessary mobility and readiness to carry those heavy weights. On the other hand, cooling your muscles down after your workout is as important as warming them up because this will kickstart the recovery process and will prevent any injury.
Make sure to make it a habit to warm up before and cool down after you exercise.
3. Hydrate as often as needed
While you’re sweating out, don’t forget to drink liquids to keep your body temperature and fatigue in control. This will also prevent you from becoming dehydrated that may lead to muscle cramps or dizziness.
You wouldn’t want to pass out in the middle of the gym, don’t you?
2. Form overload
Yes, you can bench press a 100lbs but are you hitting the right spots? Is your range of movement enough to stimulate your muscles? Starting off with a manageable weight and executing the right form is a more effective way in getting your gains. This way, you can focus on controlling your movement and hitting the right muscle for each specific exercise.
1. Rest is as important as the work
People commonly think that you should only rest after the workout. While that is also important, you should make sure that you get the necessary rest in between your sets. By doing so, you give yourself the needed break to perform on the same level as your previous set and therefore, maximizing your gains.
Working hard is important, but working smart doubles the pay-off and maximizes your efforts.
Do you have anything to add to the list? Tell us in the comments.