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5 Ways to Power Through A Tough Workout

by FIJI Water on May 10, 2017

Whether you’re a fitness newbie or a seasoned athlete, it’s no secret that physical fitness requires dedication and effort. It’s important to remember that no matter who you are, no workout is ever the same. Some days you’ll soar while others you’ll struggle, encountering workouts that are tougher than you expect. So how do you set yourself up for success?


Warm Up, Warm Up, Warm Up!

Even on days when you only have 20-30 minutes, it’s still important to realize the value of a good warm-up. Ramping up too quickly may cause injury and could set you back before you even begin.

You Can’t Run on Fumes

The right fuel can help you power through a workout. The NCAA recommends eating a small carbohydrate-rich snack within one to two hours before exercise. Proper hydration before, during, and after a workout is also essential. For workouts lasting an hour or less, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking 500 mL of water or sports drink two hours before exercising, and drinking at regular intervals during exercise. Keeping FIJI Water on hand can help you stay hydrated. If a workout lasts for longer than an hour, consuming a carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drink is also recommended.



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Prepping your mental game is just as important as warming up. Here are some tips to keep in mind for those unexpected off days.

Visualize

Think about that moment of crossing the finish line or completing the last rep. Your mind is your best ally when it comes to generating that last bit of motivation to reach your goals.

Know Your “Why”

Are you prepping for a 5k? Marathon? Do you want to lose weight? Improve your health? Whatever the reason, you need to internalize it. It doesn’t have to be groundbreaking, but having that anchor to go back to can help re-engage your mental focus.

Break It Down

Even seasoned athletes can feel overwhelmed when facing the workouts they’ve planned out. When that workout gets tough, break it down! Whether it’s running, spinning, or yoga, divide your workout into increments – by miles, minutes, or even poses! Focus on the smaller sections individually. Set achievable goals for the remainder for your workout for consistent positive reinforcement and motivation.


Now that you’re armed with information, get out there and get moving! And remember to always keep a bottle of FIJI Water on hand for a quick water break no matter where your workout takes you.