Sticking to a consistent workout routine can be a challenge. Some days, finding the energy and motivation to move feels impossible— especially if you exercise after work or early in the morning. However, it's essential to push through those days and find the power to perform.
Here are five of the best energy-boosting tips to help you get the most out of your workout.
Use Wearable Tech
Wearable technology has revolutionized how people exercise, especially in an at-home environment. While most people are aware that wearables can track one's heart rate and calorie burn total, there are also wearables that can help increase energy and motivation.
The Hapbee, for example, sends signals to the body replicating caffeine without the risk of a caffeine crash. According to one blog post, it can also send restful signals to help unwind and fall asleep after an intense workout.
The Garmin Fenix is another innovative wearable that's helping athletes monitor their energy levels. This device uses analytics to quantify stamina, warning the wearer how much energy they have left before their performance starts to fade.
At the very least, a wearable can be used to send you reminders that it's time to work out, building a consistent habit that keeps you moving even when motivation is fleeting.
Hydrate and Nourish Your Body
Our bodies are complex organisms, yet, parts of our brain haven't evolved since caveman times. For example, the stress and anxiety response we feel when faced with an impending deadline is the same physical response as when you're afraid something might eat you while you sleep in your cave.
The same pitfalls apply to processing signals about hunger and hydration. Feelings of improper nourishment and hydration are often lost in translation, presenting as fatigue or exhaustion. By giving your body what it needs to perform, you can boost your energy levels for a workout.
Start by ensuring you drink two liters of water, finishing an hour before your workout. Then, introduce some complex carbs to create energy for your workout and some lean protein for satiety. Allow enough time for your food to settle before starting your exercise. Especially if you use any medications or supplements such as pre-workout pills, you should wait at least 30 minutes to avoid any side effects, say researchers.
Do a Dynamic Warm-Up
Dynamic warm-up periods are a must for getting your body ready to work. However, they're also a great way to get into the right mindset. A light warm-up will get your blood and endorphins flowing, boosting your energy levels to push you through.
Your dynamic warm-up should include some light cardio movements, core activation, and targeted mobility work focusing on the muscles you'll be training. Set aside 10 minutes for this preparation; your body and mind will thank you.
Listen to Hype Music
Music can have a profound impact on your mood. Get ready for your workout by listening to your preferred hype music that represents the energy and mindset you want for your workout.
If you're hitting a workout in the middle of your workday, this practice is also a great transitional activity to create a defined line between work and self-care.
Finally, shift your mindset about your upcoming exercise and practice positivity. Instead of saying, “I have to exercise,” say, “I get to exercise.” Look in the mirror and thank your body for what it endures every day, taking the time to remind yourself that you've got this!
Practicing gratitude and positivity with intention will retrace your neural pathways, creating an inherent positive association with exercise.
With these five simple tips, you can get excited and energetic for every workout. Shift your mood and your attitude, and embrace the positive benefits of movement.