We’ve all been there: You wake up excited about your workout, but then you realize it’s already afternoon and you’re not ready to go. Luckily, there are ways to prepare yourself so that you can get in a solid session at the gym before anyone else even gets out of bed. Here are three tips for doing just that:
- Drink up. You’ll need to hydrate before, during, and after your workout. The best way to do this is with water. If you’re more inclined toward alcohol than juice or tea, go for it! Just keep in mind that exercise will make you sweat more than usual—so if you’re planning on drinking too much, maybe consider cutting back on the drinks and saving some energy for your next workout (which should be an easy day).
- Eat something healthy before bedtime. If it’s not already part of your routine, eating a healthy meal at least two hours before bedtime can help encourage better sleep quality and improve overall health status by increasing serotonin levels in the brain, which helps calm anxiety throughout the night.*
Here are some foods you may want to consider eating before bed: -Chicken and turkey -Lean beef (such as sirloin tips) -Pork tenderloin or chops
Try a supplement
Getting enough sleep is essentially important for your health, but sometimes it can be hard to get enough when you’re training for an event or traveling for work. Taking supplements before a workout may help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
If you have trouble sleeping on those long flights, try taking melatonin before bedtime. This hormone will help regulate your body’s natural clock, so it knows when it’s time to start relaxing. You should try and consider taking an iron supplement with vitamin C if there’s not much iron in the food served during your flight—vitamin C helps absorb iron better right before bedtime!
Lay out your gear
The night before you’re about to get in a workout, it’s important to ensure you have everything you need. This includes your headphones, water bottle, and any other equipment (like an ab-roller or yoga mat) that may be needed.
If possible, lay out all of your gear so that it’s ready for use when it’s time to hit the gym floor.
This will essentially help you to be less distracted so that you can focus on your workout and not worry about what’s next. It also helps to ensure that nothing is forgotten and left behind at home.
If you’re going to be at the gym for a long time, plan out each part of your workout in advance. This will essentially help cut down on wasted time and ensure everything gets done. If you don’t know what you’re going to do yet, it might be best to wait until later in the day when you’ve had more time.
So, there you have it. We hope you feel empowered and ready to take on your next workout challenge!