Tricks to Get the Most from Your Workout

Tricks to Get the Most from Your Workout

Great men are known not only by what they do, but, more important, by when they do it. So it is with your workout. All of us live by the clock, and in order to succeed with style, we need to sweat by it as well. We consulted the timeliest experts to help you set your agenda. Because the best time to look great and build muscle is right now.

 

Work in a Workout When You Feel the 6 p.m. Burn

The American Council on Exercise recommends working out between 4 and 6 p.m., when your body temperature is highest, making your workouts more productive. But that’s not an ironclad rule, says MH fitness director Lou Schuler. “It’s much more important to exercise consistently than to focus on a particular time of day,” he says. “Some guys can’t get motivated in the morning, and others are too burned out after work. So pick a time that’s right for you and stick with it.”

 

Warm Up 15 Minutes Before the Main Event

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Otago in New Zealand found that a 15-minute warmup at an intensity of 60 to 70 percent of your full capacity improves your range of motion and enhances your anaerobic performance.

 

Wear Cross-Trainers When You’re Walking the Dog, Lifting at the Gym, or Hanging Out on Weekends

But when you hit the long road, opt for running shoes instead; cross-trainers are too heavy and don’t provide enough cushioning to keep runners injury-free.

 

Listen to Your MP3 Player When You’re on the Treadmill

Music will motivate you and keep your mind off the monotony of running indoors. The editors of Runner’s World recommend that you never wear headphones outside, even on running paths, lest your groove distract you from potential dangers like rottweilers, traffic, and Ned Beatty.

 

Replace Your Running Shoes Before You Log 500 Miles

After that, the midsoles are bound to have deteriorated, says Runner’s World deputy editor Bob Wischnia. Most quality running shoes will last anywhere from 300 to 500 miles. Heavier guys should replace shoes more often. Lighter guys can let the mileage run up a little more. And since shoes don’t come with built-in odometers (yet), write the date of your first wearing somewhere on the inside with a permanent marker. It’ll make it easier to figure out when that pair’s reached the end of the road.

From Men’s Health

 

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