10 Secrets to A Successful Workout

Deciding to exercise regularly can be a challenging commitment but also a great decision because you are investing in your health. It marks a phase where your life is about to experience a positive transformation. Your body is a temple therefore it deserves to be healthy and fit. Many people are not well informed about exercising so here are some secrets from Arami on getting the most out of your workout.

  1. It won’t be easy: Just like every other habit, working out won’t be easy. It will cost you a lot of other habits too. Alcohol, carbonated drinks, sugar, junk food -they all have to go. You need to position your mind to welcome the changes you will experience in your fitness journey, just give your body time to adjust. You will experience some level of pain in the early stages which simply means your body is getting used to it and the exercise is working; as the saying goes no pain, no gain.

  2. Take it one step at a time: Many people are eager to see results within their first few weeks of workout, so they push their body beyond limits. They soon get tired and weary. Take it one step at a time. Set a new bar for yourself and ensure you reach it. Don’t expect to see all the results immediately, Rome was not built in a day.

  3. The need to include variety: People start working out and stick to one exercise, for instance: running on the treadmill. Your body eventually gets used to this and with time it has little or no effect on your muscles. Doing a variety of workouts is very important because it will train your muscles, prevent boredom and monotony.

  4. Make it a habit: Consistency is key because you are what you repeatedly do . If you keep working out daily your body gets accustomed to it. It becomes a part of you. It will also speed up results. It’s not magic, you need to cultivate a routine that works for you.

  5. The place of diet: Diet is a significant aspect of exercise. To see the best of results you must ditch processed & oily/fried food, white carbs and sugar. Eating healthy is very important to your exercise. Eat more fruit, vegetables and lean protein to keep your metabolism going and your energy levels up. Protein shakes are great when taken after exercising as they help in muscle building and strengthening.

  6. Drink a lot of Water: About 70% of the human body is made up of water. All the organs of the body rely on water to carry out their various function. As your body loses a lot of its fluid during exercise, re-hydrating becomes essential. Water helps to get rid of toxins from the body. It also rejuvenates and re-energises the body, and speeds up the rate of digestion.

  7. Morning workouts are the bomb: Morning routines are the best because your body and mind are relaxed and refreshed. It is better for weight loss because it kick starts your metabolism early in the day. It also helps to reduce the possibility of obstacles. If you wait till evening before doing your exercise there is a probability that you will be tired from the day’s work and will procrastinate.

  8. Set realistic goals: It’s not enough to set goals, also ensure they are realistic. Everyone is gifted in their own way. You don’t need to do exactly what another person did. You know how far your body can go so take it easy on yourself as you grow. Remember growth is a process.

  9. Don’t do it alone: Working out alone can get tiring. A group will motivate you to push even when you don’t feel like it. It would help you increase your level of commitment to your workout routine. Like the old age goes “There is strength in numbers”. Gradually, you draw strength from the people around you. When you are in a group where everyone is experiencing their own fitness journey, living healthy becomes a must.

  10. Let sound guide you: Music is therapeutic because it heals the soul and soothes the body. Audio books also help feed your mind. It is advisable to listen to music or audio books while exercising as it moves your focus away from the pain and sets it on the gain. Enjoyable music releases endorphins that lighten up our mood when we are sad while exercise lifts our spirits. Combine these two, and you will feel wonderful both during and after the workout.

  11. Wear the right things: Workout clothes should be breathable and flexible. It should be less about fashion and more about comfort and fit. Having the right footwear for workouts makes the difference between you feeling revitalised after your exercise and having aching toes.

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