Look Good: 5 Gym Hacks for Better Results

Look Good: 5 Gym Hacks for Better Results

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Can’t seem to make it to the gym these days, or not seeing the results you hoped for? Welcome to our first Look Good series, where we discover different ways of keeping active and looking good at the same time! Today, we take a look at easy gym hacks for those days when you need extra exercise motivation.

 

Gym Hack #1: Don’t Sit Between Sets

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It is tempting to just stop between sets, but taking a break by being completely stationary between sets have several downsides to your workout. Not only does it hinder optimal recovery, Lou Schuler, author of The Lean Muscle Diet explains that "sitting down makes it easier for your mind to wander". The time between sets should be an opportunity to maximise performance for your next set. Engage in active recovery activities such as foam rolling or even stretching.

 

Gym Hack #2: Change it Up

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Sticking with the same exercise plan for too long can get your body and mind too comfortable. Every three or four weeks, mix up your routine to improve results and prevent boredom. New routines and exercises can also make workouts fun and keep your mind alert, while you get more out of the gym! If you prefer to keep to the same moves in the weight room, why not add on these 6 exercises for strong arms suggested by our very own EnergyOne fitness instructor.

 

Gym Hack #3: Build your Playlist

Sometimes getting motivated to exercise can be harder than the workout itself. But the right playlist could help you get the most out of your workout. Research into the psychology of effective workout music suggests that music changes “people’s perception of their own effort throughout a workout”. Music with a strong beat also allows you to stay consistent during workouts. Make your own high octane playlist and start your workout by being motivated throughout the session.

 

Gym Hack #4: Don’t Starve before a Session

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Do not skimp on the calories before a workout! If you are planning a solid one-hour workout, consume a meal that is filled with carbohydrates and protein about an hour before. This ensures consistent levels of energy throughout your routine and aids in muscle repair. If a carb-meal sounds heavy, try an antioxidant juice like watermelon or eat a few slices of fruit before a workout to lessen post-exercise soreness. You should also ensure that you start refueling after a workout! Check out our top five post-meal workouts.

 

Gym Hack #5: Morning Workouts are the Best

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Is your work schedule hectic? Why not start your day off with an endorphin rushing workout! Exercising earlier in the day not only refreshes the mind, but also prepares the body for the rest of the day. You start the day by being more productive while boosting your metabolism. Studies have also shown that people who wake up early to exercise sleep better than those who routinely exercise in the evening.

 

Whatever your fitness goals may be, use these gym hacks to your advantage. In the meantime, check out EnergyOne Gym and learn more ways to exercise smarter while you are decking out at the gym! If you are prepping for the upcoming SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon, try out SAFRA Running Club’stips to conquer the marathon!


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