A good night sleep re-energizes the body and makes one feel mentally motivated to sweat it out in the gym. A recent study found out that depriving your body of sleep obstructs glucose metabolism and weakens your body’s endurance levels and recovery. It is also linked to stress and appetite change. When you sleep less, your body loses control over the regulation of cortisol and serotonin levels in the body. A drop in the latter can lead to depression. Well, you may not experience these serious side-effects but I deemed it necessary to enlighten you on the risks involved with depriving your body of an adequate sleep.
2. There is no substitute for this Inorganic liquid
The best workout energy drink is water, an inorganic liquid. Drinking two glasses of water just after waking up in the morning wakes up your organs. They start performing their respective body functions and are ready for the muscle building workout routine that you may be going to start in an hour or so. Also when you sweat it out in the gym, your body is constantly losing water and this must be replenished to maintain the optimum hydration levels of the body. It aids in flushing out the toxins, thus helping you lose weight and build muscles faster. Water carries out the work what only water can do. For the same reasons, it is strictly recommended to stay away from soft drinks because they dehydrate by taking away the water.
3. Watch what you are eating before pumping those machines
Food fuels the workout. So, to carry it out without losing energy, you need to eat and in this case, eat well. Start your day with the right meal. This is even more important if you are working out in the morning. For the first meal of the day just before the workout session, pick a mix of carbohydrates and protein. Carbs increase endurance.
Cut sugar completely. It interferes with the growth of muscles in the body. Remember, carbohydrates should come from the right sources and not from sugar. It spikes up the glycemic index of the body. Vitamins, minerals and electrolytes are equally important.
If you think, this is sufficient. You are wrong. A few more things are equally important as do the above.
4. Post workout meal
After all the hard work you put in the gym/training, your body is in dire need of proteins and carbohydrates to retrieve the muscle loss. Keep having small meals after every couple of hours.
5. Drink water
Drinking water all day long to keep your body hydrated. It is a necessary part of muscle repair and regeneration.
and the cycle continues…