Did you know that as little as 30 minutes is enough to give you a great, high intensity, calorie-burning workout? With the right preparation and after workout habits you can maximise even the shortest workout times!
Before Your Workout
Drink lots of water throughout the day to keep hydrated, feel vital and keep your concentration levels up. Drinking lots of glasses of water just before your workout will make you feel heavy and the water will not have had time to absorb and travel through your body.
Have a protein shake 20mins before your workout to increase amino acids in your muscles and improve your training.
It may sound obvious but remember to stretch! Many people still think its ok not to stretch, but a body, which is limber and warm, will deliver better results and reduce the risk of injury.
During Your Workout
Technique is a must and the right technique will make a huge difference to your workout. Quality bicep curls at a slightly heavier weight, carried out slowly on the way up and down will certainly burn more calories than lots of reps at a lighter weight.
Intensify your workout! Sprint for 60 seconds, slow for 60 then ramp it up again on the treadmill. If you are on the spin bike, really load your legs up for short bursts. Flush your legs out for short intervals in-between then ramp it up again for a high intensity workout, which will get the heart pumping and the fat burning.
After Your Workout
Have a small protein and carb meal after a workout. The carbs will refuel your body and the protein will help rebuild muscle.
Cool down properly to avoid injury, even if you are short on time a quick stretch while you are in the shower is good enough.
Whether you are paying to go to a gym or using some home gym equipment follow these simple rules to get the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to working out!