Do you sit up in bed each morning and fight all those urges to hide under the blanket again, just because you don’t want to go to the gym? Do you literally drag yourself to the treadmill and is it no longer fun? Do strained muscles and a low energy level make you wish you could just stay home? If yes, then you are one of the many people out there who just lack good performance while working out or doing yoga and it just doesn’t feel good anymore. What happens is that you then begin to feel less motivated and eventually, you start skipping repetitions and you think you’re better off being a couch potato.
A lot of blogs have discussed how one can feel motivated for the gym, but the next step is performing better and how this can be done is by adding a few things to do before and after the gym session. Start off today.
Carry A Water Bottle
If you do not have a gym bag with all your essentials, you are missing out on a great deal here. Do keep a bag with a small sized towel, face wash and most importantly a bottle of water. Why the water bottle is necessary is because your body would tend to feel lethargic more quickly when it is dehydrated and craving for fuel, which is water itself.
Do Not Take Frequent Rest-Breaks
If you are one of those people who are pretty much fond of resting between each set of repetitions, you aren’t exactly letting your body create that stamina. Your body would respond just the way you train it, working out makes you your own coach besides having a gym professional to guide you. Do not take a break unless you really think you cannot go on any further.
Give Yourself Some Change
In order to maintain that stamina, make sure you give your body something new to try, more like a challenge (remember, you are training it). So maybe if you are pretty fond of running on the treadmill, how about for a change you go for a run outside? Or start jogging? A hike is nice too if you’re living near the Margallas (shout-out to all those Islamabad United fans). Try skipping the machines for a while.
Not kidding about this one, yes we are certainly suggesting you to become shokha for a bit. The truth is, not all those gym junkies and Instagram models post their after-gym photos on the social media because they are show-offs. Most of the times, the motivation that you get from all those comments underneath appreciating your bodies is what you need to keep going and to perform even better. The Pakistani khawateen, however, need to think twice about the comments. You know why.
Know When To Stop
Yes, we did talk about creating endurance and all that stuff, but you need to be careful not to over-do yourself with the working out. We don’t want you to not be able to get up next morning due to unbearable burning in your reerh ki haddi. If you work out way too hard for way too long, you might just be going against the gradient of your muscle growth pattern, which is quite damaging.