5 Things You Should Definitely Do Before A Workout

Food

Food

Not everyone wants to eat right before a workout. Some of us find that our digestive systems don't like this idea while others find that it boosts a workout. Generally though, you should eat something an hour beforehand, so that you have the energy to get through it. If you are hungry you might not have the strength and if you have a full stomach you might be a little sluggish.

A good mix of protein, complex carbs and fat is perfect. Bananas, apples, or even toast with peanut butter are good choices. A protein shake or bar will also do the trick.

Hydration

Hydration

We all know the importance of water but some people still don't drink enough before a workout. Then there are others you see chugging it down right before they start. Both of these are bad. The amount will depend on a bunch of factors like age, weight, and the intensity of your workout. It's the way in which you take it in that is universal.

If you chug before you start you will end up visiting the bathroom enough times to disrupt your workout as it tends to go straight through. Gradual hydration throughout the day and perhaps just elevating that a little in the lead up to your workout is the way to go.



Plan Your Workout

Plan Your Workout

It is a great idea to know where you are up to so that you can track your progress - it's a great motivational tool and will ensure that you're working towards something. There are plenty of apps available that can help you or, if you're a little more old school, you can use a good, old-fashioned exercise book. Either way, it's the best way to keep yourself honest, too.

Warming Up

Warming Up

It is absolutely amazing how many people skip the warm up and get straight in to the workout on account of the fact they are time-poor. It's understandable but ultimately, a little counter-productive. Warming up increases the temperature of your muscles and core, as well as increasing the blood flow. You really only need to spend five or ten minutes at low to moderate pace on the treadmill, bike, or rowing machine to get an adequate warm up.



Playlist

Playlist

Some people train without music and I have absolutely no idea how. But that's just me.

Some studies have shown that tunes which range from 120bpm to 140bpm were the best for working out. Whatever you have cranking in your headphones, it will serve two purposes; it'll rev you up to get the best out of you, and it'll drown out the crap they have playing over the gym speakers.