Perhaps you’ve already said goodbye to dreams of joining the Olympics or being part of your favorite basketball team. However, this is not an excuse for you to stop improving your athletic abilities. Even if you’re not competing with anyone but yourself, it’s good practice to always concern yourself with your athletic performance. How are is your balance? How about flexibility? Are you slowly but surely improving with every gym session?
Even if you do not participate in competitive sports, you still need to improve your functional movements to make everyday tasks much easier for you. This is even more important as you get older. You need to work on taking care of your body to avoid injuries and accidents.
It’s not always about losing more weight or building more muscles. You should also focus on ways to maximize your workout and increasing your athleticism to help you move better everyday, even outside the gym.
If you want to help your body achieve peak performance, here are 5 hacks that can help:
What fuels your workouts? Are you stuffing your body with sugar to get the energy you need? Are you getting enough carbohydrates to help you hit your peak? Food and nutrition are important aspects of health and fitness. You need to make sure that you eat right if you want to help your body reach its optimal performance. Nowadays, it’s easier to make healthier choices because there are so many options available in the market (and most of them taste good too). To save money and to ensure that there is no bad stuff hidden in your meals, you can try cooking your own meals at home.
So, you go to the gym at least thrice a week? That sounds great! But do you actually have goals? Do you have a strategy that will help you achieve them? Don’t waste your time by going to the gym without a strategy. Try to research and come up with a workout plan that will help you achieve your fitness goals. If you can afford to shell out extra cash, you can hire a personal trainer who can help you.
Unless you’re a professional athlete, you probably don’t have the luxury of allotting your days for intense training sessions. If you are just like most people, you probably need to juggle your gym time with other responsibilities at your work or at home. And it’s definitely not as easy as it sounds. Sometimes, you need to pick your top priorities because there is simply no time to accomplish every single thing.
Keep in mind that sleep is just as important as exercise. Your body needs to be well-rested if you want to achieve optimal performance. Exercising without proper sleep might even be dangerous. Try to achieve the perfect balance. Make time for exercise but also make sure to make time for sleep as well.
Even a slight dip in your water intake can affect your performance. Dehydration has serious health consequences and it’s definitely not something that you should take lightly. Don’t just think about water during the hours when you are actually training. It is important to drink before and after as well. In fact, even when you are not going to the gym regularly, you should always be mindful of hydration. If you think it will help, you can bring a bottle of water with you wherever you go to help you develop the habit of drinking more often.
Overhydration can cause a problem too, so don’t drink too much. Depending on the specific conditions, an average of more than a liter per hour can be harmful. Don’t overdo it. Listen to your body’s needs.
Rest is an important part of training. Some of the world’s top athletes take it very seriously. Fight the urge to drop by the gym and lift again when your body should be recovering. Find other ways to spend your energy. Better yet, take this as an opportunity to pamper your body with treatments that can help you perform better - just let go and relax.
One secret that you might want to try is taking a relaxing Epsom salt bath. Epsom salt is made from Magnesium and Sulfate, which helps the body relax. Epsom salt is also useful if you want to detoxify your body.
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