Ways to Perk Up Your Workout

BY VICTORIA VIDAL
Working out and training can easily become monotonous, but USA Fit has a few great tips to help perk up your workout.

1. Listen to music. Music post workout has been shown to aid in the muscle reparation process, and it is also a great source of encouragement. Scientists have discovered a metronome aspect to music that suggests that the beat matters to the intensity of your workout. There are even several websites dedicated to creating the right playlist for the particular exercise you’re going to participate in (www.songbpm.com, www.motiontraxx.com, and www.WorkoutMusic.com to name a few). While some of the beats you like to listen to may be a bit too fast or too slow, it can’t help to have some music going to lighten the load of a particularly difficult training day. For more information regarding the ways that music helps you to repair your muscles: http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/listening-to-music-enhances-post-workout-recovery

2. Get in the right mindset. Most athletes are successful because they know that the physicality and the mentality of fitness have to be balanced in order to achieve goals. In other words, it’s not all about what your body is doing, but what your mind is doing as well. Focus is important, staying calm is imperative, and being in the right headspace is invaluable. Once you put on your workout gear it should be a cue for you to leave your other problems behind. Celebrate reaching your milestones, but don’t become so attached to your goals that it’s all you think about while you exercise. Goals are important, but stressing out about them may deter you from reaching them. Relax. You’ll get there. For more mental training tips: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-joann-dahlkoetter/sports-psychology_b_2062354.html

3. Psychology of teams/social aspect. Work out in a group setting. Fitness can create strong bonds, and these bonds have been shown to drive people to perform better. When people who train hard surround you, it pushes you to train hard as well. When you’re part of a team you tend to be committed as everyone drops the ego in order to work toward quantifiable goals. Simply put, working hard, sweating, and pushing yourself, is a lot easier when you know you’re not doing it alone.

4. Motivate yourself. Find your incentive and remind yourself of it daily. Do you work out to lose weight, tone up or increase your strength? Do you train for the endorphins and peace of mind? Whatever your reasons, dig deep before each workout and use that inspiration as fuel to push you forward. Be positive and be present. If you’re having trouble with motivation, there are a few podcasts that can breathe new life into your workout: http://wallstcheatsheet.com/life/5-fitness-podcasts-that-will-change-the-way-you-work-out.html/?a=viewall