3 Easy Tips to Maximize Your Exercise
In the throes of summer, most of us have a natural instinct to want to get outside and move our bodies as often as possible. And while we may dream of fitting a workout in, busy schedules often take priority and can end up zapping our energy and positive intentions. Don’t get down on yourself or blame lack of willpower—have a strategy instead. Here, we’ve shared three simple habits and nutritive tools to unlock the energy you need to get moving. Especially since exercising actually gives us more energy, you won’t want to miss out on this virtuous cycle.
1. FUEL WISELY
Putting the highest quality gas in the tank is critical when getting your car to run smoothly; the same mentality can be applied to your body. The macronutrient combination you eat right before or after a workout can be the jet fuel that gets you to squeeze in more reps and repair the muscles you’ve just activated… or the thing that stands between you and your best workout plan. Expert consensus says to eat carbohydrates before cardio or short bursts of exercise, to help burn glycogen stores, which are your body’s main source of energy in the liver and muscles. Before a high-intensity workout with lifting involved, incorporate protein and carbs to help promote muscle synthesis and recovery.
2. ENERGIZE INTENTIONALLY
We encourage you to get your sweat on. Sweating does equal water loss, though, as well as the loss of important minerals like sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Meaning, plain water doesn’t necessarily cut it when it comes to replenishing your body before or during your workout. Enter, Yuzu Pineapple Energy Multiplier, which merges mind and body energy with 2x faster hydration than water alone. Not only does it check the boxes of hydration and electrolyte replenishment, this proprietary blend also helps multiply your energy for that full charge feeling. There’s a few ingredients we can thank for that: Coffeeberry® Energy Extract provides a natural, organic source of caffeine for a physical energy boost; CognatIQ™ Coffee Fruit Extract offers nootropic support clinically shown to help support mental functions such as memory and alertness; and L-theanine, an amino acid that helps support brain function, mental clarity, and focus for a cognitive boost without the crash— great for pushing through the mental hurdle of multiple sets. Long story short: shake up a bottle of Yuzu Pineapple for a refreshing kick of mind and body energy plus hydration, before or during your next workout.
3. KEEP YOUR PROMISE
Your mind and body operate best on consistency. Even if you don’t have more than seven minutes, figure out what time of day works well with your schedule and make a recurring appointment in your calendar to move your body every day. Do it enough, and this practice will be your body’s cue to perk up with energy and get moving. It will train your body to want to move before you mentally want to. It doesn’t have to be anything intense or take you outside of the home. Working in two minutes of jumping jacks, sit-ups, or practicing chair pose might just do the trick.