Deb Bailey AFPA, MAT, CanFitPro, YMCA

Do you ever wonder where your workout time went? Even with your workout chart right in front of you, somehow the time got away from you. Hints to tighten your timeline:

Cut the chatter. If you see a friend in the gym, say hi, and then say bye! S/he will understand, since a workout is why you're both there.

Pack your workout bag the night before in your down time. You'll do a better job of remembering what to pack when you are in evening mode.

Focus, focus, focus! We need to concentrate on our three sets of 15, not on what's going on around you. A better body is the best thing to take home, not the latest world news. 

Ask your trainer about circuit training. Moving continuously from one exercise to another shortens your rest time, and gets you out of there sooner. Use a timer to monitor your rest times. Without a timer, before you know it you'll have wasted time you could have used to get another set or exercise done.

It's not rocket science - but it is a tried and true method of committing to something. Scheduling your workout in your calendar is essential to success. Pick a time of day ( and day) that you know you have time to get it done. Write it down in ink, or highlight it as a priority in an electronic calendar. 

If you work out better in the mornings, that's when you schedule it, with enough time to get done without other things crowding out your appointment with your health!

When you've done your workout, you feel great - and hungry. But you resist eating a snack because you don't want to undo the good you just did, right?

But you need to have a light recovery snack of 10-15 grams of protein and 20-30 grams of carbs in the 30 minutes after your workout. Why? You will refuel your energy and encourage muscle recovery. 

Consider peanut butter spread on apple slices, a good-quality cheese with dates, or low fat plain yogourt with berries.



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