Preparing for a Workout

There are many different ways to prepare for a workout. For some, they need to meditate first, then they are in the right mindset to accomplish their workout. Others need to get through a stressful day, and that gets them ready to workout. But beyond your mindset, there are other ways to prepare for a workout.

Ways to Prepare for a Workout
  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep. If you had a rough night and didn't get enough sleep the night before, it's recommended that you go ahead and take that day as a rest day. Your body needs sleep to help with recovery, and it won't function the way it needs to if you didn't get a good 7 hours of sleep.
  • Hydrate ahead of time. It's important to rehydrate after a workout, but it's also important to hydrate ahead of time before you even start working out. You need to make sure your body is well hydrated for you to be able to get through your workout with energy and without any injuries.
  • Have a snack. If you ate a late lunch and aren't hungry, don't force yourself to eat, but if you haven't eaten in a few hours, go ahead and grab a quick snack for your body to have some extra energy. This could be something as small as a banana or even toast and almond butter. You don't want anything too big, as that could make you feel too full to workout.
  • Dress appropriately. The last thing you want to do is not wear the right workout clothes for your workout. If you're running, make sure you have a high impact sports bra, and if it's super warm outside, opt for shorts instead of leggings. If you are doing a yoga session, dress with leggings to help keep your muscles warm and limber.
  • Do a warmup. It doesn't matter what kind of workout you're jumping into or how long it is, you need to take a few minutes to warm up ahead of time. This can be as simple as some jumping jacks and light stretching.

After you've gone through this list, you are ready to workout! Your muscles will be warmed up and limber, so you can tackle your workout with ease.