If you’re like most of us, you don’t have all day to workout. That’s why it’s so important to get the most out of your workouts in the time you do have. So we’ve put together a few tips for doing just that.
Just remember, we’re an athletic brand, not doctors. So be smart and check with yours before you begin any exercise program. And you may want to check with a trainer, too, just to make sure you’re doing things right.
15-Minute Warm Up
According to researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Otago in New Zealand), a 15-minute warm up improves your range of motion and primes your body for top anaerobic performance. Just be sure to keep the warm up intensity moderate. Shoot for a six or seven on an intensity scale of one to ten, in which “one” is kickin’ back on the couch with some chips, and “ten” is an all-you-got, flat-out sprint like you’re running from a cheetah with a steak tied around your neck.
Everyone knows it’s important to drink plenty of water immediately before, during, and after your workout. But you needed to stay hydrated all day long for top performance. So each day, try to drink at least one ounce of water for every two pounds of your bodyweight. For example, if you weigh 180 lbs, you should drink 90 oz. of water. Make sure you drink another 16-20 oz. for every hour you workout, too.
To get the most out of your workouts you need to crank up the intensity, and that means doing more work in less time. If you run, run faster. If you lift, increase the weight, or take less time between sets. Just make sure you follow the first tip and warm up. Also, be careful to keep proper form. If you can’t safely handle the workload, dial it back a bit. Better safe than sidelined.
Dress for Success
If you’re going to up the intensity of your workouts, you’ll need clothes that can handle it. We suggest Dri-Power shorts, shirts and sweats from Russell Athletic. The Dri-Power line of athletic wear features moisture-wicking technology, which pulls moisture away from your skin and helps you stay cool and dry even when you’re sweatin’ it out.