7 Energy Boosting Pre-Workout Tips To Help Intensify Your Workouts

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7 Energy Boosting Pre-Workout Tips - To Help Intensify Your Workouts

Are you running out of energy before you can finish your tough, intense workout?

Before you go and buy those energy drinks, look at better alternatives.

Pre-Workout Energy Boosting Tips

Don’t depend on supplements for energy or weight loss.

– Depend on whole, natural foods for your nutrition and energy. Whole, natural foods have one ingredient, the food itself. So, fruits, nuts, vegetables and lean meats would fit this bill.

Avoid foods in a box or bag which are loaded with trans fats and calories.

If you make a pre-workout Vi-Shake for yourself, use whole, natural ingredients.

Supplements are just that—supplements! Burn fat and lose weight primarily with regular exercise and a healthy meal plan. Its also been proven that you won’t be mentally sharp if your nutrition is lacking.

Don’t become too caffeinated. Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system, too much of it can make you tired.

Cheryl Forberg, a registered dietician says, “a once-a-day dose in the morning in tea or coffee is fine. But people can create a vicious cycle when they keep ingesting more caffeine to counteract the exhaustion they feel after the previous dose wears off.

And, she adds, “the cumulative effects of the day’s caffeine—such as increased heart rate and a rise in blood pressure—can also keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.”

Here are 7 Energy Boosting Tips for a More Intense Workout

1) – The Timing of Your Exercise Selection is Important.

High intensity exercise such as speed work, interval training (high intensity to low intensity rotation), one-legged exercises, etc. should be performed at the beginning of your workouts when you are fresh. One-legged exercises are more intense than two-legged exercises.

Your body’s neuromuscular system is highly fatigue-prone at high intensities. Performing these exercises in a fatigued state will compromise what you are trying to accomplish.

2) – Perform Compound Exercises Early in Your Workout.

Exercises such as squats, deadlifts, lunges, bench press and bent-over rows require intense focus… do them early before exhaustion begins to set in.

Compound exercises work multiple joints and major muscle groups. You need to be fresh to do them properly. Single joint, less demanding exercises such as bicep curls and calf raises should be done later in your workout.

3) – Eat Properly During the Day

Consume a healthy snack or meal at least 1-2 hours before your workout so you’re not running on fumes. This is especially true if you are doing a strength training workout.

You might also be dehydrated. “Water serves as a medium for the body to perform its life-sustaining functions, such as regulating body temperature and eliminating waste,” says Toby Amidor, a registered dietician in New York City. “If you don’t ingest enough water to help these metabolic reactions occur, you’ll become tired or lightheaded.”

Drink about half your weight in water each day. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink about 75 ounces of water each day.

4) – Make Sure to Get Enough Sleep.

If you are sleep-deprived, you won’t be able to adequately complete a demanding workout. And, your metabolism won’t work as it should.

5) – Keep Your Workout Time at 50 Minutes or Less.

You don’t need marathon training sessions to have effective workouts. You will get better fat burning results with short burst circuit weight training workouts of 50 minutes or less and interval cardio sessions of about 20 minutes.

If you are pressed for time, try a bodyweight cardio workout to get dual strength/cardio benefits. Just choose bodyweight exercises such as squats, pullups, pushups, inverted rows, planks and mountain climbers. A 30-minute bodyweight cardio workout will get the job done.

Related Article: 10 Equipment-Free Exercises to Build Your Muscles

6) – If You are Diabetic…

Be sure to bring a snack to eat during and after your workout.

7) – Don’t Take on an Advanced Exercise Before You are Ready For It.

For instance, you may have to “work up” to being able to do high intensity interval cardio sessions.

Energize your day and your workouts with these common sense tips!

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  1. Andy Nguyen says:

    With me, I think that is okay when you use supplenments with balance ratio. Don’t use too much, and only use it when you go to exercise.

    • J Engle says:

      Hey Andy,

      You make a very good point… of course, which supplements you use are what’s important.

      Of course, it is always a good idea to seek advice from a nutritionist or doctor prior to taking supplements.

      Thank You for stopping by and commenting…

      John Engle

  2. Steph says:

    Thanks for giving some beautiful energy boosting tips. We should get an early sleep and workout at least for one hour for a day so that we are benefited to a fitness life.

    • J Engle says:

      Hey Steph,

      I completely agree with you… sleep is an important factor to help with those energy boosts.

      Thank You for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

      John

  3. The consumption of some dietary supplements may also help prevent cancer. A number of essential vitamins, including vitamins A, C and E, act as antioxidants in the body. They work to neutralize chemicals called free radicals that cause oxidative damage within your cells.

    • J Engle says:

      Hey EVL,

      That is some good information to know… thank you for sharing.

      I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment…

      John

  4. Brodie says:

    Great post! I especially like the point you made that supplements are just supplements; in other words, they should not be used to replace entire meals! I think a lot of us (myself included) get caught up in the day to day and don’t take the proper time to feed our bodies the right nutrients.

    As a side note, I recently started working out early in the mornings instead of after work and have noticed a big difference not only in my workout intensity but also my energy levels throughout the day.

    Brodie

    • J Engle says:

      Hey Brodie,

      I agree… we all get caught up in our fast-paced lives and neglect what is important… taking better care of ourselves.

      I’ve heard the same thing about working out in the morning as apposed to after work in the evening… it’s nice to hear actual testimonial for this subject.

      Thank You for stopping by and commenting…

      John

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