Nothing is more annoying than something getting in the way of an effective workout. Whether it’s a time crunch, a crowded gym, or a visit from “Aunt Flo,” there are steps you can take to ensure you still get the most out of your workout.
Studies have shown purposeful lifting can increase muscle activation as much as 18%. In order to lift purposefully, you need to really focus on the part you are training. I used to train with a girl that talked to the body part she was targeting!
You don’t necessarily have to go that far, but eliminating wandering thoughts, gym distractions, and general rushing is important to getting the most out of your workout. The more you can remove items that cause worry, the better you can focus on your workout. Make sense?
Aside from outside influences, being on my period is another huge threat to my getting in a good workout. Being cramp-y or worried I don’t have the protection I need is a major distractor. Exercise helps with cramps, but who wants to workout during shark week? Especially when you’re worried about “coverage.” Ladies, let me tell you… Auntie Flo’s strength only increases with age.
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I’ve been especially loving the tampons. Not to get too graphic,* but when I use these, I don’t feel like the Super is bigger than a baby’s head. It doesn’t feel like the bottom is going to drop out if I move too quickly or lift too heavy. If you have to wear a tampon, this is the way to go.
*Who am I kidding? Y’all know me
In addition to their effectiveness, these tampons come with packaging that lasts. How many times have you found a tampon rattling free in the bottom of your bag because those flimsy wrappers don’t stay on? Then it’s drama because… do you use it? It’s nasty, but it’s an emergency. OMG.
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In addition to the misery of moving, preparing for knee surgery, and a slew of other less-that-convenient things that have happened lately, I was also surfing the crimson wave. Despite the circumstances, I stayed committed to not missing gym days and to lift purposefully. I wanted to get the most out of every workout before my ACL surgery!
Focusing only on the exercise I am doing and the muscle groups I’m targeting, avoiding distraction, and challenging my body is my goal. If muscle soreness is any indication, it’s working! Below are a 5 things that have contributed to my success.
How to Ensure an Effective Workout
- Choose an optimal training time when you have the most energy and enthusiasm to work toward your goal. I’m not a morning person, so I go for a late lunch. The gym is less crowded and I am fully awake.
- Have a written workout with what machines or weights you’ll use. This allows you to move deliberately about the gym, without wandering aimlessly while trying to decide what to do next. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been sharing my workouts there.
- Wear headphones to discourage others from talking to you, and to drown out distracting gym “chatter.” Use your playlist to motivate your intensity and keep you energized.
- Before beginning a set, think about what success looks like – visualize the muscle group you are targeting, and what good form looks like.
- Use the buddy method – have a friend or trainer assist and motivate you from time to time.
These tips can be applied to running and other forms of exercise too!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of U by Kotex®. The opinions and text are all mine.
I think this wins the prize for the most period references in a post. #sorryimnotsorry
What’s the funniest way you’ve ever referred to your period? “Riding the cotton pony” slays me.
Are you working out with purpose? Since I’m laid up, I need you to allllll workout for me, please. 🙂