With the array of recent innovations in technology and training techniques available to improve your workout, it’s easier than ever to make sure that you can perform at your very best. However, in this blog, we’ve put together a list of ways that you could boost your workout performance naturally.
This should go without saying, but one of the most important things to prioritize during a workout is staying properly hydrated. It can be incredibly easy to become dehydrated when exercising because whether you’re in an air-conditioned gym or playing a sport outside, your body is going to lose fluids quickly through sweat. As you exercise, your muscles generate heat, which considerably increases the core temperature of your body. In order to cool you down, your body produces sweat, so it’s important to rehydrate yourself during and after a workout.
During an hour of a high-intensity workout, your body has the potential to lose up to 45 ounces of water, so dehydration can occur incredibly quickly. When you’re outside, you could experience heatstroke, or you could lose consciousness during a particularly difficult rep and hurt yourself. It’s a good idea to drink 20-40 ounces of water per hour when you’re working out, as well as before and after. However, be careful not to drink too much, as this could cause nausea and bloating which could impact your performance.
Give Your Body The Right Fuel
Giving yourself the right nutrition can considerably improve your athletic performance, so it’s important to take care when deciding what you’re going to prepare for each meal and make sure you eat it at the correct times.
In the morning, it’s essential for you to consume the right amount of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, rather than munching on fast food or sugary cereals to start your day. When you’re creating a meal plan, it’s essential to avoid simple carbs and sugars, such as milk products, fruit, soft drinks, syrups, table sugar, and candy, because they are broken down quickly by the body to produce energy and can cause you to crash in the middle of the day. Instead, it’s better to opt for healthier options such as complex carbohydrates (whole grains and starchy vegetables), which take longer to break down, giving you more energy for longer throughout the day.
Recovering properly is equally as important as the workout itself, to prevent injury and ensure that you are able to replenish your energy levels. If you don’t give your body an adequate amount of time to recover, you could tear your muscle tissue and cause a serious injury. In order to recover properly, it’s a good idea to put a couple of days aside to rest and avoid working out certain muscle groups so that they have time to heal.
Stretching before and after a workout is also essential so that you can speed up the recovery process and improve your performance for your next workout. Without stretching, you could experience joint and muscle stiffness, which is not only painful but can prevent you from pushing your body harder during your next workout.