Now I am in no way a fitness guru, expert, qualified health care person, but these are just some of the ways that I like to get myself ready and motivated while preparing for a workout. This allows me to get through them and stay cool with less risk of injury to myself. I think it’s all about setting or at least knowing your limits and not pushing yourself past them too much to avoid anything going wrong.
Preparing for a workout
So there are a number of things I do to get ready, most of them are actually pretty obvious but really, they are essential as they kinda keep you comfortable, hydrated and in the zone ready for what you have planned, firstly, my biggest prep is clothing, you’ve just got to be comfortable when working out, personally for me its just leggings and a loose t-shirt, not massively loose but I don’t like tight upper clothing, its makes me feel restricted… plus if its got some air around it, it will help you to keep cool as well, the two things I do at the minute are either the HIIT workout or running with the dog, which is a challenge in itself, but I have an awesome pair of fabric Adidas trainers that I bought from a shop last year for about £20 that do just the job, I love how breathable they are and they have done pretty well to last this long, I may need a new pair soon though!
Secondly, I work out what I will be doing and when to take water breaks, I’ll fill up a huge sports style bottle of cold water ready for the session and make sure I drink little and often during the workout to keep myself hydrated, it also helps when you feel you may be pushing yourself too much as you can slow down to a more comfortable pace, give yourself a little rest and top up those all important water levels.
I cannot recommend warming up enough, with the HIIT workout there is a 10 minute warm up session but this includes jogging, high knees, butt kicks etc and is quite a quick warm up routine, for those that are like me and a little less flexible to begin with, simple leg stretches, arm stretches, torso, back, neck etc just to get your body stretched out and moving a little should help improve the overall workout experience, I tend to do a few stretches before I start the actual workout warm up as it helps me to stay focused and means I don’t end up as tender afterwards.
If I am going for a run, I have to warm up my legs etc anyway, I’ll do some lunges, stretches, a light jog on the spot, some squats to get my knees ready as I have a dodgy knee… I’m seriously like a 50 year old sometimes, and this helps me to get my little legs ready for a little running time.
When running with the dog, we have it cracked the two of us, just, I tend to listen to music as unlike the workouts there is no one to tell you what to do, shout at you, keep you motivated, I find fast paced dance music tends to help me stay focused, whether its the quick rhythm or just the fact that I really like 90’s dance classics who knows, but I always find a trusty playlist helps you through it all.
A massive one for me having such long hair is being able to keep it out of the way, I find a ponytail, topknot, bun of some sort always falls out half way round, and unfortunately as a huge headache sufferer I cannot tie my hair up too tight otherwise I’ll end up in bed wearing my sunglasses for the rest of the day, plaits are where it’s at, I know that not everyone can do a French braid but I would highly recommend learning just for the pure amazingness of not having your hair/fringe or flyaway strands pestering you throughout your exercise. I’ll let you into a secret, I practised on my daughters hair first and once I’d aced that I taught myself to do it on my own hair, it aches like mad but when you can do it in about a minute, its completely worth it.
What do you tend to do when preparing for a workout? Any particular routine you follow, clothing you love to wear, music you like to listen to?
– Emma Allen –
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