Stop being tired all the time. All it takes are three 20-minute workouts! A recent University of Georgia study found that after three workouts, people boosted their energy levels by 20%! If you keep it up – even if your workout is only walking – you’ll reduce your fatigue for good. However, if you find yourself avoiding any exercise, try these tricks for motivation. We got this advice from Woman’s World magazine.
- Drink a cup of coffee on the way to the gym. It takes 20 minutes for the caffeine to kick in – and once it does, you’ll be able to swim, bike, run or row faster, longer and farther than if you didn’t have any caffeine. That’s according to a Scandinavian study. Contrary to popular belief, the caffeine won’t dehydrate you. It’ll stimulate your body and mind, giving you the energy to stick with your workout. That’s according to Dr. Chris Eschbach, a professor of health and sports science at Meredith College in North Carolina.
- Another trick to increase your energy and help you stick with your workout: Exercise with friends. People who go walking with a friend typically go 14% farther than those who go solo. It’s simple psychology. Being with a friend makes exercise more enjoyable so it’s easier to pick up the pace and workout for a longer period of time. In fact, people who exercise with friends workout for 20% longer.
- Another way to motivate yourself for a workout: Music. When overweight people listened to music while walking, they lost twice as much as a similar group who walked in silence. Why? Because it’s natural for your body to try and match the tempo of the music you’re listening to.
- Get some zinc to make your workout easier. Exercisers who don’t get at least 15 milligrams a day are more likely to lose their breath while working out. Why? Because zinc buffers acids in the bloodstream, allowing your body to burn off carbon monoxide, which keeps you from feeling short of breath. So, talk to your doctor about taking a zinc supplement – or simply eat more mushrooms, pumpkin seeds or soy products - which are all rich in zinc.