The Wise Decision…Get the most from your workout

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This question might make you squirm, but I’m going to ask it anyway…

How effective are your workouts?

Do you regularly push yourself to the limit? Do you feel the burn with each rep? Do you have nothing left to give when it’s over?

Or would you describe your workout more like a comfortable trot? Do you coast along, breaking a respectable sweat while doing the same old routine?

Since you are spending a portion of your valuable time working out, I assume that you desire to have a slimmer and more toned body. And I also assume that if you had the option to achieve that slimmer, more toned body even faster you’d say, “Yes, please!”

The following tips are going to show you how to spend less time exercising, while achieving quicker, more noticeable results. Sounds good, right?

Be Focused. It sounds obvious, but this crucial requirement for an effective workout is often overlooked. Don’t be one of those people who exercise their jaw muscles (from chit chatting) more than any other muscles. When you’re lifting weights, focus on that specific muscle group. Researchers have proven significant increase in muscle activity when people focused on what they were doing, compared to thinking about unrelated topics.

Be Confused. Er, more specifically your muscles should be confused. Do this by changing up your routine often. This helps to avoid plateaus and to continuously challenge your body. Try new exercises at new intensities and new weights.

Be Nourished and Hydrated. Stay on top of your food and your hydration levels. The best results are achieve when you’re drinking enough water and eating real, wholesome foods.

Be Strategic. The time of day that you workout makes a huge difference in your results. And no, I’m not going to say that there’s a universal ‘right time’ to workout. Your job is to figure out when your body is at its best and to make that the time that you consistently exercise. If you’re not a morning person, then don’t force yourself to wake up at 5am, try working out after work instead.

Be Watched. There’s a benefit to working out in a group setting. Researchers saw a significant increase in strength and endurance in the people who had an audience versus those training on their own.

Be Caffeinated. Caffeine has been shown to help burn fat and to increase endurance. If you don’t have any medical conditions that would otherwise make moderate caffeine intake unsafe, then drink a caffeinated beverage one hour prior to working out.

Be Pumped Up. Check this out: researchers found that personal music motivated weightlifters to complete two more repetitions on average than those who were not listening to music. That’s a great reason to listen to upbeat music while you exercise.

Be Comfortable. Not only will you be happy to put comfortable workout clothes on, but you will also be able to focus better on your workout, rather than wondering if your pants will split when you squat.

Be Smart. If you’re not already one of my valued clients, then now is the time to become one. Working with a professional ensures that you’re being challenged and are seeing results. And that’s just smart, right?

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise, I’m here to help.

It’s my passion to make exercise a part of your life that you look forward to and are rewarded by. Wouldn’t you like all of the healthy rewards of being fit? Simply call 313-444-9348 or email me (sterling@thewisedecision.com) today to set up your personal training and/or Skype program, or if you are in the Michigan area you can come out to my FREE Fit Club in Oak Park. Web: http://www.thewisedecision.com

I Exercise Because…

Do you have a goal for each of your workouts? Having a goal is more important than you may think.

When each session is goal-oriented, you’ll get the most out of your exercise time.

Decide how many long you’ll go for, how many reps you’ll do and at what intensity before your workout begins. Then go for it.

To take it a step further, set clear goals, write them down, and keep a record of your workouts. There’s nothing quite like knowing exactly where you want to be, where you currently are, and what you’ve achieved.

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