Going to the gym regularly is a great way to look after your mind and body, but if you are not careful, you could be adding an extra level of stress to your lifestyle. A key point to remember is to take rest days in between workouts, but on the days that you are at the gym, you need to treat your body with respect. To help you get the most from your workouts and take better care of your mind and body, here are six self-care tips for active men who like to hit the gym on a regular basis.
1. Hit the gym in the morning
Visiting the gym in the evening often means waiting around to use machines and a busy environment that is not conducive to an effective workout. If you can get to the gym before work, however, you are more likely to find a quieter gym where you can work out at your own pace and use the machinery that you want to. Early workouts also help to boost your energy for the day ahead, kickstart your metabolism, and clear your mind.
2. Warm-up before a workout
Too many people skip the warm-up portion of their workout, but this is never wise. Taking the time to stretch and warm your muscles before you start exercising can prevent injury, but it also helps to focus the mind on what you are about to do. A few minutes of slow stretches and gentle movement can prepare your body and mind for an even more productive workout.
3. Listen to a podcast while you work out
Music can be an effective motivator for some people, but if you find yourself stuck in a rut, try listening to a podcast while you work out. Listening to an amusing or interesting podcast can focus your mind more effectively and distract you from your worries or your fatigue. You could even try listening to a fitness podcast to see if you can pick up some tips.
4. Quality over quantity
Some people have a tendency to rush through their workout, especially their weightlifting sets, in an effort to achieve more in a shorter space of time. In reality, it is often more effective to take your time and focus on controlling and perfecting your form. Concentrate on what you are doing at that exact moment, and how you can push yourself a little bit further, rather than rushing onto the next activity.
5. Visit the sauna/take a long shower or bath
Arguably the best part of a workout is the time you take to recovery and regroup afterwards, and the best place to do this is a sauna. A steamy sauna will open your skin’s pores, clear your airways, and relax your muscles to prevent tension and cramping. It can also be a great time to take a moment to yourself before the day ahead and practice mindfulness. If you do not have access to a sauna, a long shower or bath with some Biotherm Homme cleansing products can work just as well.
6. Refuel and rehydrate
Now your workout is done it’s time to ensure that you rehydrate by drinking plenty of water, and you should eat food that will keep your metabolism ticking over. Research the best foods to eat post-workout, depending on your goals; for example, losing weight or building muscle mass.