Make your training count. For most of us time is in short supply. And whether you’re a serious competitive athlete, a weekend warrior or just trying get in shape, you want to make the most of the time you spend working out. Below are five tips that will help you do just that.
Just remember, on the Russell Athletic team, we’re experts on creating high-quality, comfortable and effective workout clothes for men. We’re not doctors, or trainers. So the only advice we’ll stand behind is this — make sure you check with a qualified medical professional before starting any exercise routine.
5 Tips for a Better Workout
1. Drink Up
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before, after and during a workout. Staying hydrated will give you a cardio boost by increasing your blood volume. Good hydration also helps keep your muscles and joints lubricated, and most importantly stop you from overheating.
2. Tune Out
Losing yourself in music is a great way to stay motivated during workout. If you have an iPhone, iPod or other personal music-playing device, try loading it with different playlists for different activities — one for running, one for lifting weights, etc. You can also vary the tempo of songs for interval training.
3. Dress for Success
One easy way to improve your workouts is by wearing workout shorts from Russell Athletic. Our workout clothes for men are made from soft, breathable, performance fabrics that help you regulate heat, and allow you to move freely. Wearing the right clothes can make a big difference in how you perform, both in the gym and on the field.
4. Train Less, But Harder
No doubt you’ve heard the old saying that “less is more.” That is never truer than when it comes to working out. If you’re new to exercise take it easy for a while. But if you’re already in decent shape, you might want to try upping the intensity and lowering the volume. Chances are you’ll achieve better results in less time.
5. Sleep It Off
Muscles don’t grow bigger and faster in the gym, they grow at night while you’re sleeping. Give yourself a seven to eight hour window for sleep each night. (Or, more if you need it.) Keeping your room dark and your nighttime routine consistent can help you get the shuteye your body needs to repair muscles so you’re ready for another day in the gym or on the field.