It’s no secret that over the past few months my workouts have increased in intensity. I’m programming my workouts to be more taxing, both physically and psychologically. When you push yourself, completing a set or workout is not only about physical strength, but it’s about mental strength as well.
There are so many important factors when it comes to being able to perform well each workout. Some workouts just won’t be winners, but learning from mistakes is key! When it comes to heading into each workout on point, there are various factors that all play a key role. Some, like nutrition help you recover that day and allow you to head into the next day feeling good & strong and not weighed down.
For me, my biggest factor in getting a quality workout in is quality sleep. That means being in bed around 8, and asleep by 9 at the latest. Sometimes that means you have to stop talking to the cute new guy you’re chatting with earlier than you want to, and if that’s your situation, just know that you can always talk to him/her the next day, and if he gives you crap for it, well then he is a loser and you can go to bed knowing that you dodged a bullet.
Another important factor is nutrition. Make sure that you’re making healthy choices when it comes to eating, especially your 3 main meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner. I will typically have protein loaded oatmeal for breakfast, a tuna wrap or chicken & veggies for lunch, and a healthy stir-fry for dinner. This allows me to enjoy healthy but delicious snacks so that I don’t feel deprived. This might be a banana with peanut butter, a protein bar, or anything else! I track my macros, and by doing my best to hit my assigned macros each day, this better allows me to fuel my workouts and work towards my goals.
Tastes like summer!
Mobility/stretching! We can never forget this little guy. Something I all too often workout until I literally need to leave for work, not leaving 10-15 minutes to stretch and foam roll after workouts. Not good Allie. When I do my mobility work, I love my foam roller, lacrosse ball, and Stick!
And a little secret weapon that works wonders, whether you’re a runner or putting yourself through a strenuous leg workout… compression socks! Tiux sent me a pair of their badass black and neon green socks to try out, and dang these are comfy & helpful! I will sleep in these the night before a big workout/run/race, or after when my legs need a bit of extra love. These socks even tell you which foot to put each one on… something that I failed to do the first time, ha!
I’ve tried several brands of compression socks now, and Tiux’s impressed me the most. 200% fact. The first thing that I noticed when I pulled these on were just how soft they were. I could live in these all day long; they are THAT comfy!
And in case you need some adorable motivation to run & go!
Remember that all of this factors all work together to help you get the best out of your workout. Don’t sabotage a killer workout by not eating nutritious meals, something that I sometimes fail at, or not stretching. You don’t want to burn out or get injured. And also, protein shakes post workout help too! 🙂
How do you prepare for a big workout?
What are your recovery tips?
*Tiux sent me a pair of compression socks in exchange of a review. All opinions are my own, and yes, these socks are THAT awesome. 🙂