Perfect Effective Workout Tips for Successful Entrepreneurs

I know how real the hustle can be. However, managing your staff, clients and then controlling your body correctly can be a hack. It’s for this reason that I’ve taken out time to put these simple steps to managing your body, thereby improving your fitness, together.

You are familiar with the term “work smart, not hard .”Seeing as you are a successful entrepreneur, I bet it’s worked for you. Well, the same applies to your workout regimen. It’s not okay to exert yourself in the gym, or at home, without any clearly defined workout regimen. By the time you are done reading this article, you can be the manager you are, not just to your staff and clients, but also to your body.

Effective Workout Plan for Busy Entrepreneurs
Working out in the gym

Let’s look at some interesting ones:

  • Drink water: This is as important, if not moreimportant, than the actual workout. Your body is made up of up to 60% water. If you’ve ever made Akamu before, you’ll agree with me that it is predominantly water. So how did we get here again? Back to water. Water is life! This isn’t a cliché. It truly is. The body needs to be hydrated all day long as we tend to lose this water content. Yes, even when you work out. So ensure you drink ½ to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day.
  • Eat meals rich in carbohydrates: I’m begging you; please don’t skip your breakfast! Before hitting the gym, please ensure you eat meals rich in carbohydrates. Carbs are the body’s primary fuel for any high-intensity workout. So, if you want to put invaluable minutes in your workout, you’ll need to fuel your tank. Cereals, Rice, Yam, Potatoes, Garri, Akpu, Pounded Yam – you name it, we are blessed with enough carbohydrate-filled foods to choose from in these parts of the world.
  • Eat protein: Protein helps you repair and build back up your muscles after a good workout. So, get a plate of beans in, and if you are not the bean type, try Eggs, Yoghurt, Milk, and other Protein sources. Just see it as your muscles needing quality time at the body workshop
  • Lift weights: Now that you’ve gotten some much-needed nutrients in, it’s time to do some weight lifting. Resistance training builds muscle to increase your metabolic rate and reduces your tendency to gain abdominal fat. Simply put; you want to move from one-pack to six-packs? But, first, try lifting some weights regularly.
  • Do intervals: there is a reason why footballers, during their warm-up sessions, just before they take to the pitch, do high-intensity but short runs at intervals. The answer is that they get to work their cardiovascular systems more than when they embark on long runs. So, why not try it out?
  • Listen to music: after a good round of workout, your body is going to need some rejuvenation. We all know that music is food to the soul. Unfortunately, it is food to the body as well. Listening to music immediately after a workout helps your body recover faster by boosting the body’s serotonin and dopamine levels. I recommend you try slow music. It works like magic!
  • Use free weights: if you are only just starting to work out,weight machines are the way to go. Conversely, if you’ve been working out for some time now, you might want to move to free weights. This is because, for more significant hormonal responses, exercises using free weights like dumbbells, kettlebells, and barbells edge out similar exercises performed on exercise machines, according to a 2014 Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research study. That’s mainly because free-weight exercises tap a wider range of muscles as nothing is guiding/supporting you, unlike with weight machines.
  • Quality night’s sleep: Turn off your phone and keep it far from you, if you must. Now, turn off the lights and go to bed; after reading this, of course. Quality sleep (seven to nine hours) can never be overemphasized if you want to get the most out of your time spent working out. And that goes for every night of the week.
  • Indulge in a massage: who doesn’t love to have a good massage? Massaging your muscles after a good workout influences genes in your muscle cells to decrease inflammation and increase their number of mitochondria, which help power exercise and recovery. Okay, enough with the biology. Just enjoy the soothing that comes with a good massage and let your genes do the rest. Deal?
  • Drink chocolate milk: try taking a glass of chocolate milk after your workout sessions. It’s a win-win. The taste is excellent, and it also helps your body to recover well due to its 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio. The protein stimulates muscle repair, while carbohydrates deplete your energy stores and even help the protein get into your muscles. Like I said earlier, it’s a win-win.
  • Switch things up: It’s very easy to get bored of the same routine. I struggle with training. Varying the exercises you do ensures that different muscles are put to work from time to time. It also ensures that you don’t get bored at the gym. For example, you can jog for a distance, sprint a bit, then speed walk when you go jogging. Just do all you can to spice up your.
  • Get an exercise partner: there’s a lot of safety in it. We all have those days when we don’t feel like doing anything. Heck, getting out of bed will be a miracle of some sort. It’s in those days, more than ever before, that we will need someone to keep us on our toes. Someone to push us the extra mile, literarily. You can call the person your accountability partner. Together, you can measure your workout gains. I recommend you get someone very motivated for the fitness cause and not someone who isn’t sure why they are on this fitness journey.

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