As with all forms of exercise, a strength-training rut can lead to plateaus -- or worse, injuries -- but you don't have to spend hours a day to see results. Crank it up with these smart tips for a super-efficient workout.
Don't go into a workout thirsty: A 2007 study from the University of Connecticut found that athletes with less-than-normal levels of body water performed poorly on certain strength-training moves. You don't need to drink after each set, says Christopher Berger, Ph.D., exercise physiologist and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. But keep a water bottle on hand in case you start to feel parched.
Consider eating a small postworkout snack that pairs protein and carbs, too, such as whole-grain toast with peanut butter. It can help your muscles recover by nourishing damaged tissue (skip it, though, if you're trying to lose weight).
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