Have you ever been just about ready to workout only to remember, “Oh damn. I forgot to charge my iPod.”?
Whether you forgot to print our your workout sheet, or didn’t get enough sleep the previous night, the resulting outcome makes working out that much more stressful.
Working out is a pain in the ass as it is; There’s no need to make things more stressful than they need to be by forgetting to do something pre-workout, or forgetting to bring something to your workout.
To make your workouts less stressful, here are 8 things that you need to do before you workout. Doing these 8 things will allow you to start your workouts in a good mood.
#8 Charge Your iPod.
Chances are, you listen to music when you workout. There’s also a good chance that you have gone to the gym and pressed the ‘ON’ button on your iPod only to find that your iPod was dead. This is extremely frustrating. The night before you workout, be sure to charge that iPod.
#7. Get to Bed Early.
Have you tried working out on 4 hours of sleep? It’s not a lot of fun, I am going to tell you that right now. If you’re going to have a good workout tomorrow, it’s important that you get to sleep early tonight. The earlier you get to bed tonight, the sooner you will be able to finish your workout in the morning.
#6. Drink Enough Water.
If you’re feeling sluggish in the gym, or you feel like you’re just not that strong sometimes, there’s a good chance that you’re dehydrated. Be sure that you’re getting more than enough water in on a daily basis. I know for me, Monday’s are the worst days, because I am bad about drinking water on the weekends. Also, if you’re into partying, Monday’s may make you feel especially sluggish. Be sure to drink enough water on the weekends, and think about kicking bad drinking habits.
#5. Eat Your Meals.
Working out on an empty stomach sucks. If you workout in the morning, be sure to eat breakfast. Also, on the days before you workout, you will want to be especially sure to eat all of your recommended meals. It’s extremely important to have the required energy from the foods that you put in your body, if you’re going to begin a stress-free workout.
#4. Have Your Post Workout Meal Prepared.
From reading Muscle Monsters, you guys should know that your post workout meal is one of the most important meals of the day. Without this meals, you’re not going to build muscle, and your workout will be dubbed pointless. Be sure to know exactly what you’re going to eat after your workout. Also, be sure that this meal is accessible. If it’s going to take you more than an hour to access this meal after your workout, then you should consider packing foods that are portable.
#3. Have Your Workout Routine Prepared.
This is one of the biggest mistakes that I used to make back in my gym days. I would go to the gym without a plan. I would wing it. There’s a reason pro body builders and even guys who are averagely built have a plan each time they hit the gym; That is, you need to know what workouts you’re doing, how many sets of each, and with what weight.
#2. Print Your Workout Sheet.
A workout sheet is a great way to track your progress. If you go to the gym without a workout sheet, how are you going to know what you did that day, so you can improve in the gym the next time around? If you’re going to build muscle, print your workout sheet, and bring it to the gym so you can track your progress.
#1. Make Your Workout The First Thing You Do.
I am guilty of this myself. I will go to sleep at 3 in the morning, wake up at 12 in the afternoon, and then I won’t do my workout at all. The longer you wait to workout, the more likely you will be to not workout at all. If you wake up at 8:00 in the morning, workout at 8:30 or 9:00. The longer in the day that you wait to workout, the more likely it will be that something will interfere with your workout plans.
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