Gym rat, gym bunny, muscle head, fitness guru, these are just some of the names used to describe and categorize the devoted congregations that attend their church of fitness everyday...or every other day.
So how do they do it? How do they make it, each and every day?
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO "HIT THE GYM"?
- The right gear
On the gear front, you need to keep it simple: be comfortable, have workout gloves, and your music. The motivation to drag your butt out of bed every day is your own. We can't help with that one. Time...yeah, another we can't help with. However, here is a small simple step you can take to not only make the time but to find the motivation. Start with a 15-minute workout. That's it! Take it slow and build the habit. Unless you are 20-years old, no family, no kids, no job or a part-time job, you will not be hitting the gym in 2-hour blocks. Small successes lead to big changes. Knowledge...heard of the internet? Boom!
So what about energy? If you are anything like me, not only does 5:30 AM come too soon, but I shrivel from light like a vampire. I need a little pick me up, and coffee is the perfect alternative to your super sugary and all too caffeinated energy drinks. Plus, let's be honest, you have been thinking about your morning coffee since you went to bed.
Caffeine has its pros and cons. Like anything, if used in moderation, you might just see your workouts hit another level.
Probably the most important positive effects of caffeine are its ability to:
- Enhance mood
- Enhance mental performance
- Enhance physical performance
Yes, there are some cons, but not many though:
- Caffeine cannot directly help with weight loss. (Gotta hit the gym.)
- Caffeine can keep you from sleeping. Yeah, only if you drink too much, too late.
Doesn't coffee dehydrate the body? NOPE!
It was long thought that caffeinated beverages were diuretics, but studies reviewed last year found that people who consumed drinks with up to 550 milligrams of caffeine produced no more urine than when drinking fluids free of caffeine. Above 575 milligrams, the drug was a diuretic.
So even that grande coffee with 330 milligrams of caffeine will not send you to a bathroom any sooner than 16 ounces of pure water. Drinks containing usual doses of caffeine are hydrating and, like water, contributing to the body’s daily water needs.
Coffee is the perfect supplement to aid in your quest for the perfect bod.
Have a cup to boost your energy, and you will find your motivation to hit the gym as well as extra power. Be prepared for your routine to move to a new higher level.