Lockdown 3.0 has given us a chance to redefine our comfort zone and what this means to us. Many have taken up baking, some may have reignited their creative flair and taken up art, whilst others may have upped their fitness game and taken on a new challenge.
This could be taking part in a triathlon when lockdown is lifted and rules allow or simply getting involved in your local parkrun for the very first time, it’s time to lace up and start preparing for your sessions.
Whether you’re preparing for a personal best or taking part in a virtual competitive event, Aqua Optima has shared five top tips you need to incorporate into your training.
1) Preparation is key
Before you start lacing up your shoes and going for a walk, jog or run, the first thing you need to do is prepare. But what does this mean?
Preparation is key when it comes to training – this includes prepping your meals and drinks to mapping out how many times a week you’ll be exercising.
When you don’t plan, your workouts can become unorganised and not focused, your meals that you’ll be eating to help you recover won’t be nutritious, and sporadic eating will start to creep in.
Focused workout sessions and planned meals are the perfect combination when you’re working towards a competitive race or personal best. We recommend mapping out what days of the week you will be working out and how long for. Once this is set, plan your meals around these days – meal prep on a Sunday to ensure you have all your meals ready throughout the week, so on busy days you can just stick them in the microwave for a few minutes and not have to spend hours chopping and cooking.
2) Drink a little water and then drink some more
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated. Not only does it help your skin glow and deter headaches, but it’s also vital for our energy and concentration levels.
But, did you know it’s also vital for preventing muscle cramps?
Our muscles are made up predominantly of water, around 70% in fact. Drinking plenty of water will help to keep your muscles functioning effectively, meaning you can exercise more and achieve your fitness goals faster.
Make sure to drink before and after exercise to prevent any form of dehydration.
3) Don’t be hard on yourself
This is important, especially if you are quite a competitive person.
Sometimes training doesn’t always go to plan – you can stick to focused sessions and fuel your body with the right food but not reach a PB, or even get an injury that sets you back.
It’s important to remember that it’s okay! It’s okay if you haven’t met a goal or reached a PB. When this happens, don’t be hard on yourself, pick yourself up and carry on.
During these times, it’s hard to motivate yourself to continue, but don’t give up.
4) Remember to warm up and cool down
It’s so easy to lace up our trainers and go out for a quick jog, especially if we’re limited on time. However, it’s important to warm-up our bodies correctly before we take part in any form of vigorous exercise.
Warm-ups help to reduce muscle soreness and lessen your risk of injury, whilst cool downs allow for your body to receive a gradual recovery, by bringing your heart and blood pressure down.
5) Set weekly goals
One part of staying on top of your training game, is to ensure you have a goal that you’re working towards – this will help keep you on track and stay motivated, even during the toughest days.
Why not set up a Whatsapp group with friends and you can all write down your goals? This will help you all spur each other on, as well as, celebrating each other’s mini successes.
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