5 Easy Ways to Make Your Workout Better
ARTICLE BY | Michele Olson
Whether you love to workout, or you dread it like trying on swimsuits, there are those days when you just can’t wrap your mind around your motivation. Here are five ways to boost your workout enthusiasm and get back to your typical “let’s do this” self!
- Wear red
Yes, you read that right! Sounds crazy, but research shows that wearing red is stimulating and causes a higher probability of winning. Green? Blue? They are calming colors, so if you are a little wild in your workouts that may be a way you want to go. However, when you need that extra charge to get you going, wear red. Orange may also work, but when in doubt, choose red. (It may be your new super color!)
- Move after you move
Everyone is busy, so when your workout is over, you may be sitting in your car leaving the gym or sitting at a desk. First, you have to do some stretches that you hold for 15 seconds each. This cool down technique brings your body back to a resting position. You’ll find a better recovery and less soreness if you take that extra five minutes to do a cool down. (Don’t forget your warm-up too, to raise your body temperature and range of motion.)
- Think, drink
Water! When should you drink water in a workout? Before, during, and after. If water is not your thing, then make a game out of it. Buy a container you really like, or use one of the many apps that help you count your water. Add some fruit into your water and change it up. Have a contest with a friend to see who can fit the most water into their life. Never discount the importance of hydration in your workout. Imagine a car that never gets oil—that would be a disaster! You’re a person, and you need to stay hydrated! So, think to drink. (Water, that is.)
- Take a break
Muscles need time to recover; in fact, a 24 to 48 hour break is best to allow tissues to repair and not cause injury or fatigue. That’s why many people vary their workouts and concentrate on upper body one day, and lower body the next—allowing for the rest in between. Going full tilt on your entire body every day is not a good idea, variation is better. Think of it as a partial day off! (Seek balance in the break!)
- The safe answer For after workout muscle pain*†
Ever hear of Curamin®? Sometimes you don’t want to work out because you are sore, and you’re tired of that feeling! That’s the time for Curamin—it stops muscle pain, all while providing safe relief.*† Curamin is non-addictive and doesn’t cause any kidney, liver, or intestinal damage. It’s a product you can count on for multiple mechanisms of action to relieve occasional muscle pain due to exercise or overuse.* And, Curamin contains four proven nutrients, including highly absorbable curcumin with turmerones from turmeric essential oils. Think of turmeric essential oil as a curcumin absorption booster. Bottom line? Unlike plain curcumin extracts, your body gets those beneficial compounds your muscles need. (And that’s your answer plus a little science lesson along the way!)
So, there you have it. Five ways to get over the hump of wanting to skip out on workouts—wear red, keep moving, drink water, take a break, and use Curamin for pain.*† You got this!
ABOUT | Michele
Michele is a mom, wife, and grandmother who has been writing about the world of natural medicines for over twenty-five years. A professional voice talent, watercolor artist, and author, Michele enjoys conveying all that is possible in natural health through multiple communication styles—including a good laugh.
†Occasional muscle pain due to exercise or overuse.