Preparation, preparation, preparation. It might be boring and time-consuming, but great preparation can make us more likely to succeed at a huge range of things, from exams and presentations at work, to a flawless bridesmaid look and a magical holiday. When it comes to exercise, some solid preparation can also make a world of difference.
If you’ve ever found yourself flagging halfway through a workout, or contemplating a looming fitness session with dread, getting in some preparation the night before could be the answer. To help you have an amazing fitness day tomorrow, we’ve rounded up some tips which you can put into practice tonight…
1. Get Snacking
There’s all sorts of contradictory advice out there about snacking close to bedtime, but if you’re exercising regularly and gradually increasing your distances or repetitions, you need to keep on top of nutrition to give your body the fuel it needs to recover and get ready for even more action! Going to bed without the right nutrients can even affect your sleep, making it difficult to get your shut eye, plus harder to wake up in the morning. Try a small carb-based snack with plenty of protein before bed to help you sleep better and wake up with energy. Greek yoghurt sprinkled with nuts and grains is a good option.
2. Get Hydrated
Dehydration is the ultimate energy killer, making us feel tired and irritable like little else. While drinking water before and after any workout is essential, downing a big glass of iced water two hours before bedtime will also help with your hydration levels, while ensuring you sleep better too. That’s because the cool water lowers your core body temperature, great for preparing your body for a good night’s sleep.
3. Get Some “omm”
Feeling stressed can double your chances of sustaining an injury during exercise. That’s because stress can take a real toll on our bodies, leaving our hormones in a mess and our energy levels running on empty. To help reduce stress, why not try a meditation app or gentle yoga routine (there are lots to be found on YouTube) to help you calm down and prepare for a brilliant, energetic, injury-free day tomorrow?
Do you have any “night before” exercise preparation tips? How do you make sure you get the best possible workout? Have your say below.