Hydrated During Your Workout

STAYING HYDRATED FOR YOUR WORKOUT

Staying hydrated during your workout is extremely important. Dehydration adversely affects your performance, energy level, and even your coordination. Severe dehydration can even cause muscle cramps, headaches, and dizziness during your workout.

The more intense your workout, the more fluids your body loses. But that doesn’t mean that a light workout doesn’t require proper hydration. As your body loses fluid, your blood volume drops, making it more difficult for your body to get the oxygen it needs from your blood and to remove toxins from your cells.

Tips for Staying Hydrated All Day Long

Proper hydration begins long before you ever hit the gym. Drink plenty of water all day long. If you have trouble getting enough, consider adding flavor with a dash of fruit juice. Eating lots of fruit can also help you maintain hydration during the day.

Avoid caffeinated or sugary beverages, which don’t hydrate your body as effectively as water. And remember that it takes your body at least twenty minutes to absorb any fluid you take in, so simply drinking during your workout isn’t enough.

Hydration during Your Workout

During your workout, you lose fluid through sweating. To ensure that you stay hydrated, drink a ½ cup to a full cup of water every fifteen minutes or so. Most of the time, water is the best choice for re-hydrating. But if your workout is particularly long or intense, you’ll want to supplement water with a sports drink; these beverages contain electrolytes, which your body also loses as you sweat. Meanwhile, embrace that sweat! It’s part of your body’s way of cooling itself. When you finish your workout, drink plenty of water again, and pick up your daily hydration routine right where you left off. By staying hydrated, you’ll notice that your body feels better and your performance stays stronger.

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CREATING ROUTINES WITH WEIGHT LOSS COLUMBUS

Most of us approach weight loss pretty ambitiously. We decide to clean out the pantry and resolve to hit the gym six days a week. Or maybe we resolved that a few months ago and our weight loss efforts have petered out. Sometimes, starting out slowly is really the way to success, and that’s certainly true when it comes to losing weight and establishing a healthy routine.

Our Bodies Love Routine – Use It To Increase Weight Loss Columbus

As humans, we develop habits because they make life easier. When you have a habit, you don’t have to think about that component of your life anymore—you just do your usual routine. For example, if you always go home, feed the cat, and turn on the television, you no longer have to think about what to do when you get home from work. But what happens when you change that routine? First, your body and mind may feel confused, and it’s easy to drift back into your regular routine. Change too many things at once, and your body can go into a total tailspin!

Introduce Change Gradually

Rather than completely upending all your routines, opt to change one element at a time. This strategy will allow you to focus wholly on each change and really make it a part of your lifestyle.

  • Commit to two days a week at the gym. Two days a week is a reasonable place to start, and it’s enough activity to jump-start your weight loss Columbus.
  • Once that’s done, start making dietary changes. Again, introduce one change at a time to avoid shocking your system and undermining your own success.
  • As you get more comfortable with a healthy routine, up your days at the gym over time until you reach the desired number of workouts per week.
  • Eventually you’ll also get comfortable even with your fitness routine itself. When this happens, you’ll want to shake up your routine with new activities or a different approach to fitness.

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WHO NEEDS THAT CORE WORKOUT, ANYWAY? YOU DO!

You do! Most of us aren’t so fond of core workouts: they’re really challenging, and we don’t usually see immediate benefits from them. But working your core is such an important part of your fitness routine! If you’re not already hitting your core when you visit the gym, here are a few reasons to start:

Your Core Workout Helps Flattens Your Belly

You can’t “spot treat” areas for weight loss…but you can tone the muscles to create more definition as you lose weight all over your body. As you get closer to your weight loss goals, you’ll notice a difference in the way your muscles look—not just the size of your body. Tight abdominal muscles also reduce that belly pooch that so many of us are looking to banish at the gym.

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Other Physical Activities Get Easier

Our core muscles do so much for our bodies, and most sports call on our core strength pretty consistently. As you strengthen the muscles of your core, these other activities will get easier. Who’d have thought that your gym workouts would make those recreational soccer games easier, right?

Posture Will Improve

You may be wondering why posture matters, but great posture helps keep our bodies healthy and happy. Most of us spend all day slouching forward, throwing off our alignment. Over time, our shoulders get stooped, and some of our core muscles may even atrophy. Core exercises can help reverse this, preserving and encouraging your body’s natural alignment, which prevents a wide variety of injuries.

Stability & Balance Will Improve Too

The muscles in your core are true workhorses, holding your body up all day long and enabling most of our movement. If they’re not all strong, they can’t work together as effectively. So incorporate exercises that target your hips, pelvis, back, and abs. Improved balance and stability means we’re less likely to hurt ourselves during a wide variety of physical activities, from simply walking down the street to doing a challenging weight lifting session.

Many core exercises don’t require special equipment. If you travel often or simply don’t always have the time to hit the gym, a core workout is the perfect solution. Your personal trainer can recommend moves that target different core muscle groups. Before you try flying solo, however, ask your trainer to watch you perform each exercise. Getting your form correct ensures that you get the most from your workout.

Not sure where to start? Your personal trainer is the best person to recommend a core workout that will help you reach your fitness goals. For the best results, you’ll want to integrate core training with strength building and cardio.

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5 FITNESS MOVES TO DITCH AT THE GYM

If you watch people at the gym, it seems like there’s an endless variety of moves and exercises. That’s certainly true, but not all fitness moves are created equal. Some workout moves are tricky to perform because they require precision form. Without that, your workout is less effective and you even increase your risk for injury.  If you’re a fan of these moves, you’ll want to rethink your routine and talk to a personal trainer about correcting your form or finding alternative exercises.

  • Lazy leg presses: Leg presses are actually a fantastic exercise. That is, when they’re performed correctly. Most people put their feet too far apart and bend their knees too deeply. Both of these mistakes throw off your alignment, placing more stress on your knees and back. During a leg press, your knees should never bend deeper than 90 degrees, and keep your feet about shoulder-width apart or slightly less. Ask your personal trainer to watch you do some leg presses and correct your form if necessary.
  • Any and all upright rows: This move requires you to pull something up close to your chin. Anytime you perform that action, you compress the nerves of your shoulder. Instead of this move, try front lateral shoulder raises. For these, you bring the weights either out to the side of your body, or out in front of you. If you start with the weights at your sides, never lift them above your shoulders. Your personal trainer can also recommend other effective moves to replace upright rows.
  • The treadmill slouch: The handlebars and console of the treadmill and other cardio machines simply beg us to lean over them—especially at the end of a long workout. But once you slouch, you reduce the effectiveness of your walk or run because your body no longer has to support its own weight. You also pull your spine out of proper alignment, placing undue stress on your vertebrae. So do like your mother said, and stand up straight!
  • Lat pull-downs behind your head: Most of us don’t have the shoulder mobility to perform this move correctly. As a result, we end up compromising our stance and our spines to do the exercise. Meanwhile, we also increase our risk for shoulder impingement and torn rotator cuffs. You can still do lat pull-downs, but bring the bar down in front of you, no lower than your breastbone. Keep your grip wider than your shoulders. You can similarly adapt military behind-the-head presses.
  • Squats on the machine: Many people use the Smith machine for their squats. But the bar doesn’t have any give, which often forces our bodies out of alignment. And chances are, your stance is also too wide on this move. Squats are just as effective without the weights, so learn proper form without the machine. Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and your back straight. Sit down and move your hips back as if you’re sitting down in a chair. Keep your weight directly above your feet throughout the exercise.

For answers to your questions about these and other fitness moves, talk to your personal trainer. Before you start any workout routine, or even if you’ve been working out solo for a while, it’s a great idea to get insight and guidance from a trainer.