What you do in the hours following an intense workout is just as important as the exercise itself. Without taking care of yourself on the inside and out, you can find yourself feeling exhausted and aching rather than healthy and invigorated. To ensure that you thrive and maximise the benefits you receive, make sure to follow our guide below on how to survive an intense workout.
How To Survive An Intense Workout
Start Full of Energy
If you start your workout feeling tired and drained, it’s going to feel even more intense. By eating a nutritional meal around one hour beforehand, your intense workout will feel a lot easier to tackle.
Warm Up Pre-Workout
By gradually increasing your heart rate and circulation and loosening your joints, a warm up will prevent injury during a workout. Once you get through your warm up, you’ll find it both mentally and physically easier to get into the main workout.
Bring A Friend
Typically, if you work out with a friend, you are likely to naturally become competitive towards one another. This will keep you both motivated as you’re both aiming to do better than one another.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
Wearing uncomfortable or impractical clothing during an intense workout will keep you distracted from the exercise, but not in a good way. Choose a comfortable, practical outfit to wear and it will be easier to concentrate and get the most out of your workout.
When you begin a workout, it’s too easy to give it your all and burn yourself out prematurely. Start off by pacing yourself and the end of your workout will be much easier to complete.
Dehydration will not only make it harder for your muscles to recover post-workout, you’ll struggle more during exercise. Having a large bottle of water handy to keep sipping throughout your workout will keep you hydrated and at the top of your game.
Listen To Music
Music can be a great personal motivator. If you create a playlist to listen to during your workout, you can distract yourself from common aches and pains and push yourself as far as possible.
It’s easy to become negative and not put as much effort into your workout once you begin to wear tired. Make a conscious effort to push those negative thoughts out of your head and replace them with positive ones. Staying motivated will give you a serious physical boost.
Don’t Clock Watch
Ever heard the saying, “a watched pot never boils”? It means that time will appear to feel longer when you’re waiting for something to happen. If you keep your eyes off the clock during your workout, you’ll be surprised how quickly time disappears!
During your workout, you’re going to need time to recover and catch your breath. Break up your exercise into short sections and switch between paces once you’ve gotten into the swing of things.
Plan To Treat Yourself Afterwards
If you have something to look forward to post-workout, it makes it easier to push yourself. Whether that’s a protein-rich meal or a hot bath or shower, plan to treat yourself after completing your intense workout.
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