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The Importance of a Pre-workout Routine


Posted by Dana R. Arevalo
 
Written by Annie Dodson
 
No matter if you have decided to hit the gym to lose some weight or to gain muscle mass, pre-workout and post-workout routines play a pivotal role for the success of your workout. In this article you will find 4 reliable and useful tips and hints on pre-workout routines, along with their importance.

Pre-workout routines aim to prepare your body properly for the workout, to boost the energy levels and to increase endurance. If you prepare correctly, you can workout twice as much and as hard as before, which means that your gym progress will get a boost. Also, these routines aim to reduce muscle damage, to promote faster healing and to reduce the risk of fractures, strains and sprains that are very common at the gym, especially if you workout with heavy weights.

Eat Properly

Food is essential, and you must pay attention to what you eat all the time, not just before you hit the gym. It is very important to consume foods that are high in complex carbs (like fiber or whole wheat), as well as foods that are high in proteins. This way, the glucose levels in the body will be significantly increased and muscle endurance and strength will be considerably improved as well. In other words, you must give your body the fuel it so much needs to perform at the gym!

Workout Supplements

Pre-workout supplements are also a great choice, especially for those who are on a tight schedule yet who want to give their best at the gym. An efficient pre-workout supplement taken half an hour prior to training not only boosts your energy level, but also reduces physical fatigue due to the blend of vitamins and amino acids, which increase agility and endurance.
 
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Increase Your Caffeine Intake
 
Many pre-workout supplements contain high amounts of caffeine, and for a good reason - caffeine is amongst the most popular and most efficient energy sources at the moment. It boosts energy and it is easily absorbed by the body, given the fact that it is a fast acting substance. No matter if you get caffeine from energy drinks, coffee or tea, it will surely increase your mental alertness and give you the energy you need.
 
Maintain Your Body Properly Hydrated
 
If you workout on a regular basis, then it is vital to keep your body properly hydrated and moisturize, since you lose up to 8 cups of water through perspiration during every workout. If you get dehydrating during the training, you will feel dizzy and light-headed, which can lead to lack of focus and injuries. Besides, you won't be able to get the best out of your workout either. This is why it is very important to drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water a day. Hydration is important not only for your training ability, but also for your overall health.
 
In conclusion, the pre-workout routines mentioned here will boost your energy and endurance in a safe and natural manner, so you can enjoy your training session at its fullest!
 
Author Bio: Annie Dodson is a fitness expert and blogger. She has been blogging for over five years mainly about; health, wellness and fitness. Currently, she is contributing to the marketing department at Sporty's Health. In her spare time Annie enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with friends.
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