It takes a lot to put on your trainers, to get yourself up off the sofa and keep yourself motivated to be healthy. Once you get yourself in a routine of working out, eating the right foods and living healthily (enjoying yourself along the way) you’ll find that everything becomes easier. Being productive in a workout is a very important aspect of weight loss.
Doing a 30-minute workout at only 50% of your hardest work means only getting half the fat burn for twice the time!
Starting your day off properly
Workout what your routine needs to be. Have a proper meal and get started early! I have included a guide for getting the most productive start to your day which goes hand in hand with being prepared for your workout and getting the most out of it.
Having the right balance
I’m not talking about holding your sun salutation poses people! I mean, finding what works best for you for your workouts; finding the right schedule and the right workouts means you’ll have an organised workout routine and rest time too giving you the optimal time for you. Not only should you always put in 100% everytime you workout you should have a balance in your rest time too. Which leads me to my next point…
Make the most of your recovery
Recoveries are longer then your workouts and that means they’re more important than anything else you do for yourself! A healed body means a body that can work out hard. Making sure you eat right, rest up and rehydrate. Your muscles are made out of water and protein so both are just as important! Keep strong and pop your feet up and prepare for your next workout – and It’ll make it easier for you to go back to your workouts.
FUN, Interesting, keep it new
We all love to try something new. Our bodies do too, they respond better new workouts and exercises. Using new muscles each day gives the body better recovery time and more time to spend burning those calories, a more varied routine offers quicker and more efficient results.
Join a gym- Gyms have more flexible training opportunities. Different machines, different styles of workouts.
Buy some dvd’s – The shops are bursting with low impact workout dvd’s to get you started.
Keep it short
Why? Because pushing your body for prolonged periods of time mean longer recovery periods but more than that – Your body will burn the majority of your additional fat after 10 minutes. The caloric burn from that short blast lasts for 10-20 minutes during your additional workout time. So, your gym session’s that last any longer than 30? They’re not helping as much as you’d have liked!
Three-minute sequence on an electronic stationary bicycle — 30 seconds of punishing, all-out pedaling followed by a brief rest, repeated five or six times — led to the same muscle-cell adaptations as 90 to 120 minutes of prolonged bike riding.
Plan ahead, know how long you want to workout for and give yourself a goal to achieve
Miss Mamo has set herself a goal this year. To complete an ultra run.
I thought she was crazy at the start of the year as her running prowess wasn’t beyond a 3k (she would have told you that herself) so to run 100k in a day. Well. She must be bonkers. It’s 3 months in and she’s completed almost 300k in that time, gradually building her endurance over the past few months.
She has set a goal & she will complete it. Motivating herself each day to be better than the last. Follow her running journey on twitter.
Be your best
It speaks for itself really, if you want to be productive in a workout. Be productive!
There is nothing stopping you from achieving your goals than yourself. Whether your 10st or 20st, time is testimony to the effort you put in. It could take a year to get fully fight-fit but you will be doing it at the right pace and in a healthy way. I have written a guide explaining why pushing yourself to your limits (in short bursts) is the best way to get results. For more information on quick workouts vs long gym sessions. Get off your sofa, get your trainers on and stop making excuses. It’s never too cold – get warm. It’s never too late – Start now.
Put in 100% Always.