10 Tips and Tricks for Getting the Best Workout Ever
You put in the time to get fit, but are you setting yourself up for success?
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Make sure all the hard work you do in the gym pays off by following these 10 strategies to do before, during, and after a workout. And if you're looking to change up your workout routine, check out Denise Austin's moves to blast your five fat zones in the video above.
Pencil It In
Consistency is key when it comes to seeing results, so don't let your workout be the first thing you drop off your to-do list when life gets busy. An easy way to keep yourself accountable is to schedule your workouts for the week into your calendar.
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Go in the Morning
Want to burn more calories during your workout? Set your alarm — exercising in the morning can mean you have more energy throughout day, and making it the first thing on your to-do list means you may be more apt to stick with it as well.
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Get More Sleep
Overtraining and overworking can lead to fatigue, injury, and burnout — all things you definitely don't want to impede you when you've got a workout goal. That's why getting enough sleep is important to your workout routine: if you're tossing and turning throughout the night, read our tips on how to get more quality sleep here.
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Drinking enough water every day ensures you stay properly hydrated so you don't feel fatigued and lethargic during your workout. Drink water throughout the day, not just right before you exercise, to make sure you can give your workout your all. A good rule of thumb is to drink enough water to turn your urine pale yellow; read more about how much water you should drink here.
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Always do the same workout for the same amount of time? You may not be challenging yourself. Try increasing your workout by a few minutes by adding another set or a few more minutes of cardio. Need more motivation? Read just how much more calories you'll burn with just five more minutes of exercise here.
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