Thursday, June 18, 2015

How to Prepare for a Workout : Tips

I have had so many people email me asking me to blog about how I prepare for my workouts (like these ones) which was similar during my pregnancy fitness journey preparations and my overall fitness journey. 

I've compiled a list of questions that are most asked via email, all regarding my workout regime. 

1. What foods do you eat pre workout?

I have been working out at a cross fit gym in addition to weight training, so depending on my workout, these can change. If I'm working out in the morning, I skip coffee so I don't feel weighted down. I like to eat a light protein/carb combo snack before working out (like a scrambled egg on a slice of toast) or a protein bar, like the Coco nutty Break Out bar, (my favorite!). Nothing is worse than doing a ton of cardio at a crossfit class and regretting eating something heavy or on the contrast, eating something too light and having several rounds of lifting to get through. So try to eat something rich in nutrients/energy. 

While not pregnant, I started drinking a pre workout, and yes, you can workout without it, but... why would you want to? I'll take any boost I can get to get prepared for my workout! (Especially if I have skipped my coffee!) If you've never tried a pre workout, check out on of the market's cleanest, Eat The Bear Preworkouts. 

2. What music do you listen to during your workout?

Worship music, I have for years! Often, I'm rushing out the door with 3 kids and a list a mile long of things I have to do throughout the day, leaving little time for bible studying/worship time. For that reason, I have my playlist of my favorite worship music. I find that connecting my passions gives me perseverance that is unmatched by any other type of music. The perspective in some songs is exactly what I need to hear/feel when I'm working out, in such a divine way. Just being able to meditate through a song, or pray while I'm working out, or literally raise my arms while I'm running in gratitude for the ability to do so, gives me such an unparalleled boost that once I combined the two,  I've had a hard time working out without my beats and some indie-ish worship tunes.