Want to know how to make your workout even more effective? You’ve come to the right place! Perhaps you feel you have plateaued a little with your current regime and you want to get results again. Everybody feels like this from time to time, but if you do, it’s up to you to do something and change it.
Below, you’ll find 6 ways to make your workout even more effective. Take a look and see what you can do.
1. Slow The Movement Right Down
Start by slowing the movement right down. You shouldn’t be doing your exercises too quickly anyway, but making them even slower by counting to 2-3 on the negative portion of the movement can keep your muscles under tension and help you to get better results! You don’t necessarily need heavier weights, or even weights at all when you slow the movement down and really feel the benefit of the movement.
2. Shorten Your Rest Times
Try shortening your rest times. You don’t always need a 1-2 minute rest if you haven’t lifted as heavy as possible. Try shortening your rest period to 30 seconds, or even 15 depending on the benefit you want and how much time you have. Just bear in mind that rest times are important for your recovery and so that you can lift heavy again in the next set!
3. Focus On Your Breathing
Many people don’t realize that they aren’t breathing properly when they exercise. Some people hold their breath, when there is a very specific way that they should be breathing as they lift a weight or perform a bodyweight movement.
4. Make Sure Your Form Is Spot On
Your form must absolutely be correct if you’re going to have an effective workout. Whether you’re attempting to master the high pull exercise or the push up doesn’t matter: your form should be perfect. It’s better to master form before you add weight. Your legs, feet, stomach, neck, back, and every other body part all need to be tight and in the correct position before you go ahead. If you don’t get into the correct position, you could injure yourself and your effort may be wasted.
5. Limit Your Workout Time
You can get a great workout in just 30-40 minutes. Setting a timer gives you an incentive to hurry up and avoid scrolling on your phone. When you limit your time, you will be forced to make it more intense and effective.
6. Make Sure You Enjoy It
One thing you always need to be sure of, is that you’re enjoying your workout routine. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick to it, and then you’ll likely beat yourself up. Do what you can to enjoy it. Stay hydrated, listen to a great playlist, treat yourself to some great headphones, and wear clothes you like. Make sure you pay attention to the type of exercise that makes you feel your best, too.
How do you plan on making your workouts more effective? Leave your own tips and advice below!