Fitness

8 Simple Fitness Hacks to Make the Most of Every Single Workout

Optimize your workouts to up your results.

By: Emily Freeman

No one wakes up early, gets motivated, and fits a workout into their busy schedule for mediocre results. So how do you make every sweat session count? Pressing play on your favorite FitOn workouts is a start. But to really maximize your results, there are some really simple fitness hacks that can take your workout from “meh” to “heck yeah!” Today we’re sharing eight of them that you can start implementing immediately. 

8 Simple Fitness Hacks to Help You Make The Most of Every Single Workout  

#1 Have a Plan to Create Consistency 

It’s what you do the majority of the time that counts. So creating a consistent workout schedule is the main ingredient to creating results you can be proud of. A plan ensures you know exactly what you’re going to do when you set out your mat or lace up your shoes. 

So, open up your FitOn app and select your workouts for the week when you’re lounging around on Sunday night. You can plug in your workout selections and set workout reminders to help you stay on top of your fitness schedule during the busy week — this is a workout hack that may be game-changing for the days where you may just need that gentle push to keep working towards crushing your fitness goals one workout at a time. 

#2 Always Warm up to Reduce Chance of Injury 

A warm-up is a little nudge to your muscles that they’re about to get worked. This heads up gives them the chance to loosen up and prime themselves for activity. About ten minutes of light cardio and/or some dynamic stretches will help gradually raise your body temperature, heart rate, and range of motion so you can push yourself harder in your workout while staying injury-free. 

#3 Up The Intensity to Maximize Your Time 

If you’ve ever tried HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), you know how powerful it is at getting you quick results. However, doing HIIT workouts every day can put a lot of strain on your body, potentially resulting in burnout, or even worse, injury. Plus, you simply don’t need that much intensity all the time to get the results you want. 

Instead, if you want to make the most of your workouts every day, cut back on your rest time between sets or exercises by including supersets and circuits. By doing a number of exercises back-to-back before resting, you cut down on the time you spend working out and increase the speed of your results. Sign us up! Are we right?

#4 Find Your Mind-Muscle Connection To Sculpt Head-To-Toe 

Strength training is only as effective as your mind-muscle connection. Your body likes taking the path of least resistance. Been squatting to try and get a booty with no such luck? If you’re prone to using your quads in a squat, your glutes will be missing out on the action. 

Make your workouts intentional by deciding which muscles you want to activate in each exercise. Then use deep focus to make sure they’re engaging correctly in the workout. 

#5 Lift The Right Amount of Weight

Let’s bust some myths! If you’ve avoided heavier weights over fear of getting bulky or injuring yourself, hear us out. We’re not saying you have to become a competitive powerlifter to get results. Choosing the right weight that makes the last two to three reps of a set feel difficult will help you get that toned body so much quicker. It takes much more than a couple weight sessions in the gym to look like a bodybuilder (that’s why they have to work so hard!) and, in fact, the more muscle you have, the more fat you’ll burn. With the right form, you’ll get stronger and actually reduce your risk of injury. 

#6 End With a Stretch or Foam Rolling to Recover Quicker 

Your muscles take a beating when they get worked. Be nice to your body and take the time to do something nice for yourself and cool down. Stretching after a workout helps you gain flexibility and range of motion, improves your posture, reduces muscle tension and stress, and improves blood flow — all necessary parts of making sure your muscles feel good enough the next day to get back at it! 

#7 Get Enough Beauty Sleep to Boost Muscle Repair

Along the same lines, when you work out, you create micro-tears in your muscle fibers. These need to be restored through enough recovery, including at least one to two rest days per week and enough sleep

When you rest, your body rebuilds your muscle fibers, making them stronger than they were before. We can all take it for granted, but this is why rest is such an important part of your progress! 

#8 Don’t Forget About Your Nutrition! 

Your nutrition is the peanut butter to your workout routine’s jelly (yes, we went there). They’re incomplete without each other. Eating the right amounts of the right foods gives you the energy to crush your workouts, provides your muscles with the nutrients to repair and helps you keep a healthy body fat percentage.  Want guidance to help you reach your fitness goals faster without counting calories? Get a personalized meal plan you’ll love with Nutritionist-developed recipes in FitOn PRO. 

Results Are Right Around The Corner 

Get excited because, with these eight simple fitness hacks, you’ll take your workouts to the next level. Getting satisfying results (both mental and physical) is what will keep you motivated to stay on track and continue showing your body all the love it deserves with movement, proper nutrition, and enough rest. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started on these simple but powerful workout hacks!