When To Switch Up Your Workout And How To Replenish Your Body

If you’re someone who works out on a regular basis, do you make it a point to switch up your routine from time to time?  I used to find it difficult to know exactly when I needed to do this.  However I learned some surefire ways to tell when I need to.  Here are some signs that it may be time to switch up your routine and once you do, check out the best drinks to replenish your body after your workout. 

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How To Tell When It’s Time To Switch Up Your Workout Routine

1. You’re religious about going to your cardio class and if you miss a day, your teacher is concerned. While it can be great to stick to a workout, never missing a day can put you in a rut that doesn’t allow you to try new things.

2. You have a specific treadmill that you use at the gym and a certain time that you use it in order to watch your favorite TV show. This can definitely get you stuck because you’re simply focusing on your TV show and not your workout.

3. You yawn during your exercises. This is a surefire way to tell if you need to take it up a notch with your exercises. I used to use my apartment’s gym regularly until I began noticing that I didn’t feel like I was working my body out much, but instead like I was just going through the motions. The exercises that I was doing used to make me break a sweat but then it just felt routine and I was bored with it.

4. Going to the gym is your time to catch up on social networks. This is no good because you’re not pushing yourself because whatever you are doing is easy enough to do when you’re scrolling through your Facebook feed and reading other peoples statuses. Exercise should be a challenge and the main focus.

5. You don’t feel a burning sensation in your body when you workout different body parts. If you’re going through the motions and not hurting a little bit or feel like your body is working then it’s time to kick it up a notch or two.

The Healthiest Drinks to Replenish Your Body After a Workout

It’s important to stay hydrated during a workout, so as not to get fatigued or have insufficient nutrients. Your body loses a lot of water during and after exercise so replenishing it is key.

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Water

Drinking water during and after a workout works for everyone. Since our bodies are made up of 60 percent of it, naturally it works to replenish the sweat that leaves our body after exercising. According to The American College of Sports Medicine, “drinking water helps functioning of the joints and body tissues, the regulation of body temperature, and the transportation of nutrients.”

Chocolate Milk

Do you believe that chocolate milk can be good for you if you have a really intense workout? For people that exercise for more than three hours at a time, chocolate milk is perfect because it provides sodium, carbohydrates, and calcium. By drinking chocolate milk, you can get the proper nutrition and replenishment that you need after a workout. If you’re not a fan of milk, you can try coconut water or sports drinks.

How Much Water Should I Drink?

There isn’t a set amount of water that someone should drink during a workout. A good rule of thumb is to drink it whenever you are thirsty. If you want a concrete amount to aim for, generally four to six ounces of water every 20 minutes is a good amount to drink.

Be a Bit Cautious

Drinking way too much water can be unhealthy. It’s more of a risk for people who run marathons and triathlons when they drink way too much without consuming enough sodium, thus developing a disease called hyponatremia. A woman actually died of the disease in the 2002 Boston Marathon. But people shouldn’t worry too much because being over hydrated is very rare.

Are You Fatigued?

Being dehydrated can cause fatigue. What is happening is your blood is getting thicker and your heart has to work harder, so naturally it makes you more tired.

 

Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any medical advice.

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