The best workout: 10 tips to compact your session

The most popular time to exercise is the evening, but there’s no need to let a home workout session interrupt dinner. Once you know the best ways to work out, you can maximise your power and minimise your time. With these hacks applied to your session, you’ll still beat your friends to dinner. 

Map out your movements

Plan your session beforehand so that you can go straight from one move of your workout to another – no hesitation, no detours. Focus.

Take the Hilt

Wondering how to get the best out of your workout? Swap lengthy cardio sessions for high intensity interval training – or HIIT. Alternate 20 second bursts of sprinting on the spot with 10-20 seconds of rest 10 times over. That’s the cardio equivalent of a run – in less than five minutes.

Good tunes

With the right music, you have more in the tank than you realise. Tailor your playlist – with the BPM (beats per minute) set to match your workout – to motivate you. Time for cardio? Load some upbeat dance. Getting tired? Tracks building up to a crescendo will take your energy up with them.

Stay on track

Nothing spurs you on like success. Keep track of every personal best and every achievement. When you can see in black and white how much you’ve improved in fitness, your motivation is fed even more.

Minimise rest

Rest less between reps. Keeping up the work through your session – staying near your ‘lactate threshold’ as the coaches say – delivers the best results. An intense pace needs intense protection – with Shield Men DryOpens in a new window antiperspirant deodorant you’ll keep your cool up to the last crunch.

Switch up your session

Don’t stick to routine. Try it all. Your body can get used to the same strength and cardio, so keep it on its toes. That’s how you’ll see some real changes.

Dress the part

The right clothes make you feel the part, leading to improved focus and motivation. Scientists call it ‘enclothed cognition’ – we call it dress for success.

Feel the burn

Take advantage of the mind-muscle connection. Scientists believe that’s how to get the best out of your workout at the gym. With every move, focus on what you feel: your muscles stretching, contracting and working hard. It works for any exercise involving muscle coordination – from barre ballet at home to bedroom boxing.

Recover right

Finish your session with some light cardio – your muscles will recover more quickly. Remember the cool down period is as important as the rest of the session.

Transform your fitness routine with these hacks.