Exercising is great for many reasons. It helps you maintain physical health, improves your mental health and provides an outlet on stressful days. Many people use it as a way to set and reach personal fitness goals, so they follow a strict plan. If this sounds like you, then you’re on the right web page.

This blog will help you determine how to get the most out of your workout so you can make significant gains and reach your goals quickly. You’ll be surprised how much potential you’re leaving on the table!

Don’t Rush

Especially if you exercise in the evenings, there’s a temptation to change into your workout clothes and hit the gym or pavement right away. Although you’re eager to get started, this isn’t the safest or smartest way to begin your workout. You should never rush into your exercise routine, especially if it’s high-intensity.

Instead, create a pre workout routine that encompasses stretching and gently warming up before you dive into your first sets or sprints. This will help you mentally prepare for the work ahead and gives your body time to warm up properly. When you warm up and get in the zone, you’re much less likely to get injured.

Mix Techniques

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably picked your favorite type of workout and you stick with it. It might be running, yoga, lifting weights or even a recreational sport. You should always choose workouts you enjoy and that excite you, but it’s also important to switch them up throughout the week.

When you continuously perform the same exercises, you’re only working an isolated set of muscles. This is great for those muscles, which grow stronger, but not so great for others that can start to atrophy. This can cause pain, tightness and problems in other areas of your workout routine.

Switching up your types of exercise helps you ensure you’re stretching and strengthening all of your muscles. This creates more balanced strength throughout your body, which helps your muscles better support your workouts without strain or injury.

Shorten Your Workout

That’s right. Shorten. Most people are under the false impression that if they work out longer they’ll see better results. The truth, however, is that the body only really withstands about 30-40 minutes of high-intensity exercise. After that, it will start burning muscle and fat reserves just to keep up. It’s no longer building muscle.

So one thing you can do to improve your results is to shorten your workout to 30-40 minutes. For most athletes, this is enough time to run a 5k or finish a weight-lifting circuit. If you regularly push yourself further than this time limit, try to find spots in your routine that you can cut out in favor of making other areas tougher. That way you get the same intensity workout in a shorter time frame.

Focus on Target Muscles

Likely the reason you choose to exercise is to strengthen certain muscles. If you’re lifting weights, you probably focus all of your exercises on those specific muscle groups. The only problem is that when you’re working weak muscles, your stronger muscles want to compensate for them. 

Be aware of which muscles you’re targeting in any given exercise and focus on those specifically. As you lift, run, jump, etc. make sure you’re using those muscles and not letting others take the load. It will probably be a tougher workout when you use those weak muscles, but you’ll know that you’re strengthening the right areas. 

Don’t Forget Your Core

It’s oh-so tempting to leave core work for last so you can casually skip it. However, this is the most important part of any workout. Without a strong core, you don’t have a strong foundation. Your core anchors and stabilizes you in everything you do, so get on the floor and finish that ab circuit!

These are just a few ways you can get the most out of your next workout. See which ones work best for you!