It’s that time of year where the gyms will once again be crowded with New Year resolutioners which I think is a great thing. If you are one then you want to keep reading this. If you aren’t used to working out as a routine it can be a little tough to get your energy up on a regular basis to keep it going after the initial excitement and motivation are gone. For those of us who are regular gym-goers and train consistently year round, there are tips to get and keep our energy up for tough, high-energy workouts which burn tons of fat calories. Let me share some of them with you.
Get at least 7 hours of sleep the night before
I can’t emphasize this enough. If your body is not well rested you will not have much energy to perform high-energy and tough workouts. You will feel sluggish and tired and will be more prone to injury. If you are tired you won’t be burning many calories because you simply won’t have the energy. Consistent gym-goers know we must get our rest so record your favorite late-night television show and watch it another day.
Drink plenty of water before starting your workout
Water or H2O is comprised of oxygen and your body needs oxygen for energy. Oxygen feeds the muscles which will be hard at work so you want to supply them with as much energy as possible. I typically drink at least 16 oz of plain water 30 minutes before beginning any workout whether it be an endurance run, weight lifting or attacking the stepmill cardio machine for 30 to 45 minutes of intervals. All gym-goers keep water nearby because they know when their strength begins to wane, water will help them get their strength back up.
Get your chew on
Many folks take a pre-workout which typically contains caffeine to help them get the energy when they can’t muster it themselves alone. There’s now a caffeinated gum, Alert Caffeine Gum, with 40 mg of caffeine which is the same amount of caffeine as a half a cup of coffee and comes in two flavors – Mint and Fruit. Both flavors taste really good and don’t have an aftertaste. If when you drink caffeinated beverages it keeps you in the bathroom at the gym, then caffeinated chewing gum preempts all of that.
Alert Caffeine Gum is for adults 18 and older and not recommended for pregnant women, people sensitive to caffeine or nursing moms.
You can pick it up at WalMart or on Amazon. Learn more about it here.
Bonus Tip: Prep the night before
The less you have to do before heading out for your workout the better. That means you can focus your energy on what you’ll be doing once you start working out vs. running around spending energy getting ready for your workout. Since I head to the gym I like to keep my gym bag ready and equipped with my earphones, heart rate monitor, water bottle and Alert Caffeine Gum since it is easily portable.
I’d love to hear any tips you use to optimize energy for our workouts. Just leave them in comments below.