7. Eat Some Beets
Whether whole or in juice form, beets contain nitrates to help more blood and oxygen reach
your muscles with every breath.
8. Cool Down Before You Warm Up
Downing an icy beverage before you work
out can boost how long and hard you can exercise before hitting “the wall,”
especially when you’re sweating it out in hot and humid temps, per 2016
research in Gait Posture.
9. Down a Sports Drink
Sports drinks are part physical, part
mental. While in one 2015 Nutrients study the carbs and electrolytes in sports
drinks fueled people to help them run 16 percent longer before they zonked out,
a previous Psychology of Sport and Exercise study found that just looking at a sports
drink or water bottle made people feel like they could exercise longer.
Get a Light-Emitting Alarm Clock
Waking up to bright light does more than
help you drag yourself out of bed in the morning. According to 2014
research from the University College London, exposing your eyes to light 30
minutes before your alarm goes off and throughout the morning hours helps
increase oxygen flow to your muscles, boosting physical performance big time.
Time it Right
Some of us are morning people. Others,
not so much. Know which one you are. You’ll perceive any workout to be easier
if you perform it during your own peak hours, suggests 2014 research from the
University of Cape Town in South Africa.
12. Have a Pre-Workout Snack
eaten within a couple of hours makes workouts feel so much tougher, per 2014
research in Sport Sciences for Health. Plus, it makes you get less out of every
a Warm Bath
Forget the ice baths. Soaking in a hot
bath after each workout isn’t just more enjoyable, it makes subsequent
workouts, especially in the heat, feel easier, per 2015 research from Bangor
University in the U.K.
14. Check Your Iron Levels
In one University of Melbourne study looking at
women of reproductive age, those who increased their iron intake were able to
exercise more efficiently and with a lower heart rate.
15. Get Better Sleep
Exercise makes it easier to sleep, sure.
But sleep makes exercise even easier. It turns
out, the longer it takes you to fall asleep and the less time you spend
snoozing tonight, the less time you’ll spend at the gym before you’ve just got
to call it quits, according to research in the Journal of Clinical Sleep