By Janine Delaney, Psychologist and Fitness Expert
When it comes to fitness I’m all about quality over quantity. Everyone is super busy these days, so when we hit the gym it’s important to stay on task and get maximum results in the time we have. Here are some simple tips that will help you stay on track and get the most from your workouts.
1. Don’t get distracted
So you’re at the gym and ready to workout. Now’s the time to clear your mind and focus on what you’re doing. Trust me, your email, texts and likes can wait. You made the effort to show up, make it a good session and watch out for overly socializing. I know it’s tempting to be chatty with your gym buddies, but did you know that the average gym goer spends more time socializing at the gym than actually working out? Put on your headphones, get in the zone and tune out all distractions. Make it count.
2. Variety is the spice of fitness
One of the most common mistakes I see is people doing the same exercises over and over. After a while your body will stop responding and you will no longer see results. Mixing it up is a great way to shock your body into change. Try switching up your routine every few weeks and I promise you’ll notice a big difference in how you feel and what you look like.
3. Fuel up while it’s still hot
Don’t miss out on your post-workout fueling opportunity. This is the time to make the most of your training. Your post-workout meal should contain both fast-digesting carbs and protein. This will prevent your body from using its own muscle tissue for energy and help encourage muscle synthesis. If you are on the go and need a quick and healthy post-workout snack, Quest Protein Bars are a perfect choice with 21g of protein and only 4g net carbs per bar. Plus you get the bonus of being able to eat a chocolate or fruity or sweet bar after your workout.