Working out is hard! If it wasn’t everyone would be doing it, right? There is a way you can make your workout easier and still get the same results. It’s all in how you perceive your physical exertion.
By making a few changes, you can trick yourself into thinking your workout is easier than it is. You may even be able to get better results! You can workout for longer, harder, and faster than you did before.
Here are four ways you can make your workout easier so you can workout harder than before.
They are also great for beginners who may be worried about starting a new workout routine.
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Make your Workout Easier with Music
Music is a great distraction when you are working out. Make a playlist that gets you pumped up and makes you happy.
No one will hear it when you have your headphones on so go ahead and put on a Spice Girls song if you want to. No judgement!
A study showed that music made a treadmill run feel 10-12% easier.
Don’t forget to put on some slower tunes for your cool down. When people listened to calm instrumental music, they were able to recover from their workout faster by decreasing their cortisol levels.
Look for post workout music that has 71 beats per minute.
Have a shot of caffeine an hour before you start working out. It will increase your brain’s excitability and decrease your perceived exertion during your workout.
It has also been shown that drinking a cold beverage before a workout can make your workout seem easier, too. So try to have a cold coffee before your next gym visit.
The next time you workout, take it outside. Doing physical activity outside, gives your brain a distraction from the way you feel.
You can look around, listen to the birds, and enjoy the fresh air. All while still getting a great workout.
Know your Peak Time
Are you an early riser or a night owl? Knowing when you feel at your best can really have an impact on how you feel during exercise.
If you feel your best in the morning, that is the time to do your workout. You won’t be as tired later in the day and feel like you have to give more effort just to get through it.
The same goes for night owls. Workout when you feel more awake to get the best results you can.
By doing these simple techniques, you can make your workout easier every time without having to sacrifice your results.
By perceiving that your workouts are easier, you will be more motivated to stick to a workout regimen and be the healthiest you can be.