It’s Friday at 4:30 p.m. and the clock couldn’t be moving any slower. It’s been a long week and you’re more than ready for the weekend to begin.
The only problem (besides the last 30 minutes feeling like an eternity) is you haven’t gotten your workout in for the day. You’re thinking to yourself, “I’m not in the mood to workout”, and it’s the last thing on your mind with the exciting weekend you have planned. In order to avoid skipping the gym, put a few of these motivational ideas of use.
Take a pre-workout supplement
A lot of avid gym-goers that are faithful to their workout routine take a pre-workout supplement before every workout. Pre-workout supplements enhance your workout with ingredients such as caffeine and creatine, which give you a boost of energy and help you maintain more mental focus.
When looking for the right supplement for you, consider one that’s fast-acting so it will absorb immediately into your bloodstream ,therefore creating rapid energy results. Products can come in powder form and are then mixed with water, while others come in pill or tablet-form. One tablet that I’m a personal fan of is called Yohimbinem – a a potent vasodilator that it increases blood flow to the extremities. This supplement helps raise your body temperature so you can get a good sweat on and actually feel like you’re making progress.
A pre-workout supplement should be taken about 30 minutes prior to a workout. If it’s a drink, make sure to finish it before you begin. Sipping on it during your workout will defeat the purpose.
Get a boost from caffeine
Though taking a supplement is a great way to stimulate your workout, it may not be the right option for everyone due to potential side effects or cost. For a more natural approach, try taking something as simple as a caffeine pill, which will give you a quick burst of energy and increased mental alertness. Caffeine pills can be found in supplement stores and on hundreds of websites. We recommend going to Nutraplanet.com where you can purchase a bottle of 120 tablets for about $6. Each tablet contains 200 mg of caffeine - if you’re not used to taking in this amount of caffeine at one time, cut the pill in half for a few weeks until your body can adjust.
About 1-2 hours before you plan on hitting the gym, make sure you get a small-but-decent meal in your system. The meal should include a lean protein, an essential fat, and a slow digesting carbohydrate.
Working out on an empty stomach is NOT healthy. This meal will also provide energy for your workout. If it’s been several hours since you’ve last eaten, be careful not to overeat on this meal. Do not try and makeup for any meals missed for the day – your body is like a funnel and can only handle so much food at one time. If you give it more food than it can handle, that’s when the food begins to store as extra fat.
The 1-2 hour timing guideline is very important because if you eat too soon, you’ll run out of energy before you even get to the gym. Similarly, if you’re eating too close to your workout the nutrients will not have enough time to get into your system therefore you won’t be receiving the energy you were looking for soon enough.
Getting yourself to the gym when it’s the last thing you feel like doing can be tough. But by following these simple steps, you’ll not only increase your chances of getting yourself to the gym physically, but mentally as well.
September 21st, 2012