You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic or a bodybuilder to join the gym. Though it’s important that you prepare before you walk through the door. To make it a little easier, check out this handy guide: 5 things you should be doing before your workout.
- Eat right
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the food you eat affects your workout, but what about the time you eat? The time at which you eat before a workout is based upon personal preferences and digestive systems, though an hour or so before is advised. Make sure that you’ve got plenty of carbohydrates and protein on your plate. For nutrition on the go, why not try a protein shake?
Drinking lots of fluids, particularly water, will help you to perform better during your workout. Keeping your body hydrated will stop muscle cramp and dizziness. A key thing is to not overdo it and chug as this could just lead to sickness and stitches. Also, avoid coffee and energy drinks, although a little won’t hurt, a morning workout will wake you up in a far better way.
- Make a playlist
Your workout will only be as good as the effort you put in, and we know it’s easy to become tired or distracted so keep yourself motivated with a playlist. Why not play an album, and tell yourself you’re not get off the treadmill until it’s done? Pick tracks that you know will keep you going, and if you’re not really sure what songs to pick then why not try pre-made ones from Spotify?
- Review your workout
Before you start, make sure you know what you’re doing. Whether you’re following an app, guide or PT plan, check how many reps, sets, weight, rest times etc. this will help you prepare mentally and keep you focused on your end goal. Reviewing your workout also allows for future development and you can update your plan to be more realistic of your capabilities. As you see yourself improve physically you’ll be able to push yourself that little bit harder.
- Warm up
Many people miss this out, but we can’t stress it’s importance. Your warm up will help increase muscle temperature and blood flow, both which will help prevent injuries and optimise the strength and power of your workout. A good idea for a warm up is 10 minutes of low to moderate exercise on the treadmill, bike or rowing machine. It’s not difficult, you just need to get the blood pumping a little bit faster.
Once you’ve done these then it’s time to get serious and start your workout. We hope you enjoy training, and do so safely. If you have any questions or require any tips then our staff would be more than happy to help.Back to Blog