This question might make you squirm, but I’m going to ask it anyway… (No, I’m never going to give up!!)
How effective are your workouts? Really? Honestly?
Do you regularly push yourself to the limit? Do you feel the burn with each rep? Do you have nothing left to give when it’s over?
Or would you describe your workouts more like a comfortable trot? Do you coast along, breaking a respectable sweat while doing the same old, same old routine?
Since you are spending a portion of your valuable time working out, I assume that you desire to have a slimmer and more toned body. And I also assume that if you had the option to achieve that slimmer, more toned body even faster you’d say, “Yes, please!”
So, given you have answered yes to the above 2 questions, I am going to show you how to spend less time exercising, while achieving quicker, more noticeable results. Sounds good, right?
- Be Focused. It sounds obvious, but this crucial requirement for an effective workout is often overlooked. Don’t be one of those people who exercise their jaw muscles (from chit chatting) more than any other muscles. When you’re lifting weights, focus on that specific muscle group. Researchers have proven significant increase in muscle activity when people focused on what they were doing, compared to thinking about unrelated topics.
- Be Confused! Er, more specifically your muscles should be confused. Do this by changing up your routine often. This helps to avoid plateaus and serves to continuously challenge your body. Try new exercises at new intensities and use different weights.
- Be Nourished and Hydrated. Stay on top of your food and your hydration levels. The best results are achieved when you’re drinking enough water and eating real, wholesome foods.
- Be Strategic. The time of day that you workout makes a huge difference in your results. And no, I’m not going to say that there’s a universal ‘right time’ to workout. Your job is to figure out when your body is at its best and to make that the time that you consistently exercise. If you’re not a morning person, then don’t force yourself to wake up at 5am, try working out after work instead. Alternatively if you are a busy mum, get a 15 minute workout in when your baby is taking and nap and then nap yourself! 15 minutes on focused exercise will go a long way to helping you regain your pre-baby figure.
- Be Watched. There’s a benefit to working out in a group setting. Researchers saw a significant increase in strength and endurance in the people who had an audience versus those training on their own. You are accountable!
- Be Caffeinated. Caffeine has been shown to help burn fat and to increase endurance. If you don’t have any medical conditions that would otherwise make moderate caffeine intake unsafe, then drink a caffeinated beverage one hour prior to working out. So, if you train 3 times a week, that’s only 3 caffeinated drinks per week.
- Be Pumped Up. Check this out: researchers found that energetic music motivated weightlifters to complete two more repetitions on average than those who were not listening to music. That’s a great reason to listen to upbeat music while you exercise.
- Be Comfortable. Not only will you be happy to put comfortable workout clothes on, but you will also be able to focus better on your workout, rather than wondering if your trousers will split when you squat!
- Be Smart. If you’re not already one of my valued clients, then now is the time to become one! Working with a professional ensures that you’re being challenged and are seeing results. And that’s just smart, right?
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise, I’m here to help. This is what I do every day of my life and I love to do it!
It’s my passion to make exercise a part of your life that you look forward to and are rewarded by. Wouldn’t you like all of the healthy rewards of being fit?
Call or email me today and we will get you started on the exercise program that completely transforms your body – and as a result – your life!