6 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Workout

by Carleigh Forrer

We all live such busy lives, but if there is one thing I always make time for it is a good work out.  Whether you’re a student or you work all day, you may not have the time to spend long hours at the gym. But that doesn’t mean your workout routine has to be any less effective or less stylish thanks to lululemon activewear! For me, working out is a great stress reliever and all-around positive part of my day.

If you’re ready to make the most out of your fitness routine I’ve got the scoop on some helpful tips that will help you get the most out of every workout! Plus, you can shop my favorite lululemon activewear pieces.

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1. Power Up With Protein 

Eating protein in bar form or drinking a whey or soy protein shake before and after your workout will promote muscle growth during your strength and cardio workouts.

2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Staying hydrated by drinking water before, during and after your workout is also very important! In addition to water’s benefits to your health (natural cleanser, prevents breakouts, etc.) water will keep your muscles hydrated so they can grow! Water takes a few hours to absorb into your body, so drinking before is just as important as during and after! 

3. Sleep is Key

Obviously, you’re not sleeping while working out, but getting a good amount of sleep the day before you workout is another important factor in your workout. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body stresses, and when your body stresses, you tend to retain more weight.

4. Dress for Success

It may sound silly, but I really mean it when I say you need to dress the part. It’s amazing what good activewear can do for my workout— not only does it help me feel and look my best, but it also keeps me from being a sweaty mess at the end of my routine. Even on the hottest of days, lululemon clothes are my go-to. I can sweat as much as I need to, and my lululemon clothes keep me feeling fresh (and stylish, I might add).

Here are a few things to remember when shopping for workout wear and a few more details about my outfit. 

My Workout Essentials:

A Good Sports Bra

Never doubt the power of a great sports bra. It goes without saying that when you’re working out, you need to feel free to move in every-which-way without feeling like you’re going to fall out of your shirt. This lululemon bra gives me that freedom. I love that I can do literally anything in it and I know that I can feel secure and able to take on whatever workout I choose. Bras are tricky, but if a bra was ever going to be perfect, it would be this one.

Comfortable Shorts

When it’s hot out, the last thing I want is to be in tight, uncomfortable shorts. These lululemon shorts are nice and loose around the legs, which keeps me cool and comfortable. In order to have a great workout, you first need to be comfortable in what you are wearing. These shorts will keep you cool when you’re running, lifting weights, or doing any other workout you choose. Plus, they come in lots of great colors so you can pair them with just about anything!

A Basic T-Shirt

No more borrowing your significant other’s t-shirt when you’re headed to the gym! Now you can have a more sleek and stylish option that is just as roomy and comfortable – plus, it’s all yours. This t-shirt comes in several neutral colors so you can wear it with anything. The loose-fitting tee is great when the weather is hot (or your workout is extra intense) because it won’t stick to your body when you work up a sweat. 

A Secure Headband

I love a great headband when I am working out. If you’re like me, you get lots of flyaway hairs that need to be put in their place. Pick up a lululemon headband to add a pop of color to your workout gear and keep that lovely mane in check. 

Supportive Shoes

Shoes- another super important piece of your workout gear collection. I love these ones from lululemon because they are feather-light and they allow me to move as if I am just wearing socks. They’re unrestricting, comfortable, and look great. They come in several different colors, so you can pick out the ones that fit you best in both fit and style.

A Dependable Water Bottle

Cold water – my favorite pick-me-up before, during, and after a workout. This water bottle from lululemon will keep your water cold for up to 24 hours, so get ready to be refreshed all day (or night) long.

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5. Take It Slow

When doing strength training, take it easy! Don’t go too fast, lift and lower to a five-second count in either direction for maximum results. Before you start a high intensity interval training routine, be sure you know the basics!

6. Don’t Forget Balance

A big part of your success at the gym depends on how you take care of yourself outside of it. The new selfcare line from lululemon helps you to bridge the gap between your daily life and the gym in a snap— and you’ll feel extra cared for because of it. Go ahead, spritz on a little of their new deodorant and their dry shampoo and you’ll be on your way to whatever is next.

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I wish you the best of luck on your workout journey! I want to hear your best workout tips and tricks, so leave me a comment or tag me (@sarahscoop) on Instagram.

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