Before we start, let us say we do not advocate losing weight for your wedding (unless you want to). But we advocate looking after your health and wellbeing at any time. You tell us that you want to look good at your wedding, and that you want to be fitter and stronger. This can include more walking, yoga and of course hitting the gym. But what happens when you’ve finished at the gym? What can you do to make sure that you get the most out of your exercises and that they are as effective as possible? Here are some practices you should start using to ensure that your training sessions are truly beneficial.
If you’re going to the gym for a specific reason, such as your wedding, you’ll need to adjust your diet accordingly. Now we don’t mean eating less – we mean eating differently. Eating fatty meals will have no beneficial effect on your health, no matter how much time you spend at the gym. In order to gain a lot of muscle and strength, you need to consume plenty of protein, which is the most effective way to increase muscle mass and strength in your body. Of course, healthy greens, seeds and nuts are also a great idea.
Supplements are another option for ensuring that your body receives the nutrients it requires to maximise your workout. Whether it’s a protein supplement or anabolics, make sure that everything you’re using is appropriate for the goal you’re hoping to reach. A vitamin supplementation programme is pointless if you aren’t going to put the nutrients you consume into action throughout your workout.
Staying hydrated helps your body retain water lost via activity. Make a conscious effort to consume the required two litres of water every day. To get the most out of your water intake, consider drinking it during the most optimal times of day. That is, prior to, during, and following your workout. If you don’t want to drink tap water, consider obtaining a water filter jug, which can improve the flavour of your water. If all else fails, invest in an infuser to infuse fruit into your water for a super-nutritious beverage.
Resting, believe it or not, is a vital element of maximising the effectiveness of your workout. Every session to the gym should be followed by a period of rest for your body, mind, and muscles. This is because your muscles need time to rest and recover before you start a new workout. While the phrase “no pain, no gain” is true, you still need to give your body the chance to recover. Try to get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep per night; this should be sufficient for your body to recover from its exertions.
So there you have it: some tips on how to make your workout more successful while you are not at the gym. By incorporating all of these suggestions into your daily routine, you will significantly improve the results of your workouts, allowing you to look fantastic in time for your wedding.
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