You’re going to love the recipe below – it’s a guilt-free way to enjoy the favorite flavor of the season – pumpkin. But before we dive into the recipe, I have to jump up on a soapbox for a moment…
Ask yourself this question (and answer it honestly!) How hard are you really pushing yourself while you workout?
Do you workout enthusiastically, feeling the burn with a smile, pushing yourself to the limit? Or would you describe your exercise time more like an even trot? Coasting along, breaking a respectable sweat, doing the same old thing.
Since you take the time to exercise and desire to have your body change into a slimmer, more toned version of yourself, then use the following tips to get more out of your exercise time.
Focus your mental energy. It sounds simple, but often isn’t. If you’re lifting weights, focus on that specific muscle group. Researchers saw a significant increase in muscle activity when people focused on what they were doing, compared to thinking about unrelated topics. So don't be that person that talks through every set. And don't be the person that looks around at everything else going on around you while you lift. Focus on the muscle you're training!
Have an audience. Researchers saw a significant increase in strength and endurance in people who had an audience, compared to those training on their own. This could be accomplished by having a training partner or working with a trainer.
Get a caffeine boost. Caffeine has been shown to help burn fat and increase your endurance. The most effective amount seems to be around 300mg one hour prior to working out. Of course check with your doctor first.
Pump up the volume. Listen to upbeat music while you exercise. Researchers found that personal music motivated weightlifters to complete two more repetitions on average than those who were not listening to music.
Keep things fresh. Alter your routine often. This will help you to avoid plateaus and will continue to challenge your body. Try new exercises, new intensities and new environments. I'm not saying you need to create change each and every workout. But I am saying it could help if you weren't a forever creature of habit.
Stay nourished and hydrated. Pay attention to your food and your hydration levels. You’d be amazed how much being dehydrated can affect your performance even away from the gym.
Find your magic time. Work out when your body is at its best. If you’re not a morning person, do not force the issue on your body.
Wear clothes that you love. Not only will you be happy to put them on and show them off, but you will be able to focus completely on the task at hand, rather than stressing that your pants will split whenever you squat.
Make sure the shoe fits. Can you imagine a tap dancer performing without tap shoes? Your shoes are just as important! With correctly fitted shoes for your workout or sport, you’ll keep your feet, ankles, knees, and back protected and healthy.
Use a professional. If you don't already, have a professional design your workouts. This will ensure that you’re being challenged and seeing results. A qualified personal trainer will have a passion for making exercise a regular and enjoyable part of your life. And they'll love to see you enjoy all of the healthy rewards of being fit.
That last tip may seem like a a shameless plug for my service. But it's really not. I'm completely booked up at the moment and couldn't take on another client if I wanted. But I still encourage you to contact a qualified personal trainer today so they can get you started on the exercise program that is right for you.
If you are in the Nashville area and want to work with me in the future, give me a shout (call or email) and I can put you on the "future trainee" wait list OR I will also be happy to recommend a trainer that I feel would be right for you.
Now, before that delicious recipe, one more thing...