Hitting the gym shouldn't feel like a chore. Spice up your regimen and take your results to the next level with these tips as told by GIFs. We've taken into account safety, efficiency, and enjoyment, so you'll be able to get the most out of your workouts while having fun and remaining injury-free. From precautions like staying hydrated and stretching to helpful suggestions like keeping a progress journal, even the most dedicated gym rats can learn something here. So, stop spending your days laying at the pool, cancel those drink plans for tonight, and prepare to get fit with The 20 Best Workout Tips of All Time, in GIFs.
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No. 1 – Switch it Up
Mix up your routine with new exercises, classes, and activities to keep things fun and exciting.
No. 2 – Stay Hydrated
Be sure to have a sports drink or water on hand to replenish the sweat you’ll be losing.
No. 3 – Know Your Limits
Don’t overexert yourself trying to flex for the ladies (or gentlemen), stick with what you can handle.
No. 4 – Get the Technique Down
Knowing the proper way to use equipment and machines will help prevent injury and result in a more efficient workout.
No. 5 – Fuel Up on Carbs
Don’t hit the weight room on an empty stomach, be sure to fuel up beforehand for energy and better results.
No. 6 – Stretch it out
Stretch before and after your workout to get your muscles nice and relaxed.
No. 7 – Ramp up Intensity
Once you feel comfortable, pump up the volume on weights and cardio to reach the next level.
No. 8 – Don’t Skip Muscles
Be sure to dedicate time to each muscle group, including your legs, back, shoulders, arms, chest and abdominals.
No. 9 – Mix it With Your Everyday Routine
Finding a way to add physical activity to your everyday grind might be easier than you think.
No. 10 – Keep a Journal
Keeping track of your progress in a journal or chart can do wonders for motivation.
No. 11 – Set Attainable Goals
So, you want to be the next Arnold? Not so fast. Take it easy and set goals that make sense for you.
No. 12 – Bring a Buddy
Hitting the gym with a friend makes working out fun and competitive. Plus, you won’t have to ask strangers for a spot.
No. 13 – Turn Up the Music
The right gym soundtrack will get you moving and keep you motivated. We recommend these.
No. 14 – Get the Right Gear
Don’t be the dude wearing jeans in the gym. Not only will you look ridiculous, but the wrong gear can slow you down and increase the risk of injury.
No. 15 – Skip the Trends
Workout trends are everywhere. Feel free to give ‘em a try, but don’t get caught up in the hype. Stick with what works best for you.
No. 16 – Make it Fun
Not a fan of traditional cardio? Try playing basketball or biking instead. Adding a competitive or themed edge to your workout will make time fly.
No. 17 – Invest in a Gym Membership
Unless you have a well-equipped home gym, it’s best to take the plunge and actually go to the gym.
No. 18 – Consult the Pros
Need an extra boost? Consider a personal trainer to take your regimen to the next level.
No. 19 – Recovery
Adequate rest and recovery is necessary to allow your body time to adjust to the work you’ve been putting in.
No. 20 – Reward Yourself
When it’s all said and done, reward yourself. Go grab a giant burger, a cold beer, or a pint of ice cream and indulge. You’ve earned it.