If you’re like me, you like knowing you gave 110% during your workout, and then some.
What about when you can only give 50%? It happens.
Your workouts might be suffering for many reasons such as sleep, hydration, nutrition, stress, and over training. Here are some things I evaluate when I have a less than stellar workout.
Sleep- Aim for 6-9 hours of sleep, some people might need more or less. Experiment with it, and listen to your body.
Hydration- Don’t slack on water. Sip it throughout the day, and aim for 8 ounces pre workout, up to 20 ounces intra workout and 8 ounces post workout. Water can help fight cramps, regulate body temperature, and help shuttle nutrients, giving you energy to keep pushing during your workout.
Nutrition- Eating the right foods at the right time can help fuel those intense workouts. Try having a pre-workout meal 1-3 hours before exercise to give you long-lasting energy. Aim for carbs and protein for a pre-workout meal. Carbs will give you the fuel, while protein will help build and repair muscles. Experiment with timing, and see what works best for you. Post workout meals are just as important. Shoot for carbs and protein again to help replenish glycogen levels and repair muscle tissue.
Stress- We all know workouts can help with stress management but being too stressed out can effect concentration, hinder fitness gains, slows down recovery and kill your motivation. Workouts are about YOU. Leave all your stress at the door, and enter with positive vibes.
Everyone has a bad workout here and there, but remember, the only bad workout is the workout you didn’t do.