So, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to live a healthier lifestyle and workout more. Are you ready to kick your workout routine into high gear? With the new year upon us we thought it would be helpful to share some tips to help you improve your athletic performance and nail your New Year’s resolution, no matter what your favorite sport or activity is.
- Stretch it Out & Activate those Muscles.
Having overly tight muscles and knots can hinder your ability to move properly. Be sure to stretch out your target muscle groups to avoid hindering your movement when you are actively engaging in your activity. Tissue release with a roller or ball can also prove to be very helpful in releasing tight spots prior to your workout. Bands can also help you activate and release muscles. Doing this after your stretching routine can be a great way to activate the muscle groups you will be engaging in your workout.
- Rest and Recovery. Get Good Sleep.
Recovery between workouts is critical. You will do yourself harm if you work out too often and at high intensity levels. Be sure to rest between sets, and between workout sessions. Based on your chosen sport or activity, this will vary as to the exact recovery time necessary. This is important: don’t forget to sleep! When you are asleep your body is in an optimal state for muscle growth and recovery. Aim for a minimum of 7 hours of sleep to get the most out of your zzz’s.
- Get More Water.
Drinking enough water is critical for your muscles to function optimally during exercise and sports. For high-performance athletes, multiply your body weight times 0.6 to get the number of ounces you should drink in a day. Example: 150 lbs. x 0.6 = 90 oz.
- Buddy Up!
Training with a partner or in a group facilitates a “get it done” attitude, and it helps you stay accountable. When you commit to training with others it is harder to skip your workout. It can also foster friendly competition, which pushes you to train with more intensity.
- Gear Up.
Be prepared for your workout with the right tools. Something as simple as buying new workout clothing or a new SmartCells Cushioning Technology performance mat can improve your confidence and help you achieve your fitness goals. SmartCells also offers performance insoles that cushion and support your every step, jump or run from the ground up.
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