Exercise Tricks: Tips and Techniques for a More Effective Workout

It makes sense to want to get the most out of the effort we put into our workout routines. In this article, we will show you some exercise tricks for getting more noticeable results.
Exercise Tricks: Tips and Techniques for a More Effective Workout

Last update: 19 July, 2018

There is so much information on the Internet and elsewhere about exercise tricks to improve your workout performance and energy levels, it can be hard to know what to believe. In this article, we present the best exercise tricks for a more effective workout. Get a pen and paper and let us get started.

What are the most useful exercise tricks for a more effective workout?

This question is obviously subjective, as the best techniques for you will depend on the kind of results you want. Even so, we have focused on the basic goals people often set when working out: losing weight, burning fat, and building muscle.

Have some caffeine before you exercise

You can find caffeine in its natural form in cocoa, tea, coffee, and mate. As a stimulant to your nervous system, it will allow you to be more awake and reduce drowsiness. This will ensure you will not succumb to lethargy when it is time to start working out.

Woman drinking coffee

It also has a stimulating effect on muscle contractions, thus improving your performance. This is especially true for workouts lasting more than one hour. As an added bonus, it works like a charm against fatigue.

If you do not drink coffee or consume other foods and beverages containing caffeine, you can always take food supplements instead. They are available at your local sports stores and herbalists.

Make the switch to coconut oil

A few years ago, coconut oil gained an undeserved bad reputation. Today, however, we all know about its benefits, including those related to athletic activities. One main benefit is that it contains healthy fats that the body needs. Used in moderation, it won’t cause you to gain weight. In addition, it is thermogenic, which means that it helps burn a considerable amount of fat.

Moreover, coconut oil helps to repair and generate muscle mass. Its fatty acids are immediately metabolized by the liver as energy obtained from ketone bodies. This allows your metabolism to burn fat more quickly, while also increasing muscle mass.

Take L-Carnitine before working out

If your primary goal is to burn fat, L-Carnitine is the perfect supplement for you. It is a substance that our body has the ability to create, but which can occasionally be in short supply.

Taking this supplement will give you more energy. It will also help to transport the fatty acids from the body to the mitochondria–responsible for producing cellular energy. We create these from our body fat.

Cardio exercise before working out will activate its effects, which will continue later when your are lifting weights.

Protein shakes

Protein shakes should be consumed after your workout. They are perfect for helping the body replenish the nutrients it loses during exercise. They should never be used as meal replacements. However, if you feel satisfied around 10 minutes after drinking the shake, you can wait to eat your next meal.

Combining L-Carnitine and protein shakes can help you to lose fat, gain muscle mass, and tone your entire body.

Stretch before and after exercise

Stretching is every bit as important as working out. Not only do stretches help you to avoid injury, they will also prepare the body for what follows. Your result will be optimal if you dedicate a few minutes to stretching, especially after working out.

Woman stretching

Pay attention to your breathing

Breathing is an essential part of exercise. When done correctly, your physical performance will greatly improve. Why? It is due to the fact that when your body fills with oxygen, it works more efficiently, and it obtains the energy it needs to keep moving.

Have you already taken note of these exercise tricks for a more effective workout? If so, you have probably noticed great results much sooner than anticipated. If not, put them into practice and let us know what happens.




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