For some people, the challenge isn’t that they don’t spend enough time at the gym, it is that the time that they spend isn’t producing the results that they want. If that sounds familiar, making a few small changes may be all you need to see big results. Here are a few suggestions:
Cover the basics – Your body needs three things to function optimally during your workouts – food, water and rest. If you are not getting enough of any of the three of these, you are not getting the best workout possible. The solution is to get a full night’s rest each and every night, take a multivitamin to cover the essential vitamins and minerals, don’t exercise on an empty stomach, and drink enough water to keep your body hydrated.
Optimize your cardio workout – If you are using miles or the calorie counter to quantify your workouts, you may be missing out on the fundamentals of good cardio training. The key is not to workout longer, but to work your body smarter, using interval training. By training at low, medium, and high levels of exertion, you will raise your metabolism and teach your body to use energy more efficiently.
Feed your metabolism – Many people who want to lose weight will restrict their calories and even skip meals during the day. When they do that, they are in fact, sabotaging their results. To raise your metabolism and keep it high, you need to give it a steady source of fuel by eating five balanced meals throughout the day.