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For many of us, being able to fit exercise into our busy lives is high on our priority list. We feel good when we can get a workout into our schedule, and even better when they become a regular part of our week. But there are ways we can benefit even more from our fitness routines.

Finding that important balance between exercise and basic self-care can create better overall results from your workout schedule. Nutrition, sleep, dietary supplements and even things like whether you’re mixing up your fitness routine all play a part in the quality of results you can see.

Let’s take a look at a few simple ways you can be getting the most out of your workouts.*

Have A Healthy Diet

You might think that because your workout routine is solid, it means you can eat whatever you want. You’re burning off all those extra calories, right? But skipping breakfast, grabbing coffee and a bagel for lunch, then heading to the nearest drive-thru window for dinner is not doing your exercise routine any favors, no matter how hard you are hitting the gym. Your daily diet is the foundation for any effective fitness plan. Healthy eating means you are taking care of your body and setting the stage for your next great workout. Here are a few things to remember if you need to retool the way you are eating:

  • Make fruits and vegetables part of your food choices at each meal.
  • Avoid eating at restaurants on a regular basis.
  • Choose a lighter option for some of your meals. If you have a heavy lunch, opt for soup, salad and fruit for dinner.
  • Use fresh ingredients in the meals you cook at home.
  • Do meal prep for at least 3 dinners a week.
  • Pack and take your lunches to work.

Choose a nutritional supplement that works for you. Nutrilite™ Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables can help fill in the gaps as you work to get yourself on track with a healthy diet. Made from whole food extracts, this supplement is rich with phytonutrients – the nutrients that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors and health benefits. Each daily supplement provides the phytonutrient equivalent of more than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.

Remember To Drink Water

Some people are starting off on the wrong foot before they even begin their workouts. Staying hydrated is important before you start exercising. Being mildly dehydrated can make your workout actually feel more difficult. It can mean you’re moving slowly or feel sluggish, and can hamper your body’s ability to recover. But if you are moderately dehydrated, the symptoms can be more serious. These can include dizziness and even confusion.

You want to drink water before, during and after your workout. To make drinking your water a little more fun, try adding an XS™ Sports Twist Tube flavor like fruit punch or lemon-lime to your drink container. It turns your regular water into a refreshing sports drink that contains a unique blend of B vitamins and selenium designed to help your body fight unwanted free radicals.

Opt For Free Weights When You Can

Those weight machines at the gym can be really convenient, but to amp up your workouts, make it a point to use free weights when you can. Dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, hand weights or flexible weighted poles all allow you to use a larger range of muscles when you are working out with them. These freestyle weighted workouts allow you to cover more ground muscle-wise than using stationary machines, which are designed to target specific muscle groups.

Because your body is not being supported by a machine, more of your muscles are in use with free weights. These muscles are helping you move through your exercises and stay balanced. Free weights are also much less expensive. A set or two of them at home, paired with your commitment to solid workouts, can give you muscle-building results just as good as you’d get from a pricey gym membership.

Shake Up Your Workout Routine Once In Awhile

Maybe you feel like you’re in a great, highly-scheduled workout routine. You work your arms certain days, your legs on others, and you’ve developed a predictable rotation of cardio, weights and yoga sessions. But all this rote scheduling might not be doing your fitness goals any favors. You want to shake up your routine to keep your body guessing.

When you make it a point to do multiple variations of an exercise, it changes how your muscles are being used. It can also change the results. For example, squats are a great exercise that uses your legs, glutes and core muscles. But add in a variation – a heel lift or some hand weights, and it will lead to greater fitness gains than if you had just done regular squats month after month.

Get A Good Night’s Rest

One answer to squeezing more out of your workout can be found in your bedroom. Poor sleep can affect your exercise performance and your body’s ability to bounce back after a workout. A good night’s sleep gives your tired muscles and body time to recover and get stronger. If you struggle falling asleep, consider a supplement like Nutrilite™ Sleep Health. It features a blend of lemon balm, valerian and hops to help you relax so you can fall asleep.

Eat Protein

Protein is not only the building block of muscles, but food and drinks containing protein can help your muscles recover after a tough workout. Protein also helps you keep lean muscle longer. Consuming protein helps build your muscles back up after a workout.

There are lots of specially-packaged protein drinks and nutrition bars you can grab after a workout. Choices range from XS™ Sports Protein Powder, made with high-quality whey and casins, to Nutrilite™ All Plant Protein Powder, which is dairy and lactose free. Another convenient option is BodyKey by Nutrilite™ Meal Replacement Shake Mix, formulated to help people lose weight and keep it off.

Getting more out of your fitness routine means you might have to get a little creative with your workouts. Start by taking a close look at your daily nutrition, consider what vitamins and supplements you might need to bolster your diet, and make sure you are getting enough sleep. When your body is prepared, the difference will show up in your results.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.