When it comes to your fitness routine the time you spend sweating it out in the gym tends to get all the credit—but it shouldn’t. “The workout is actually the easiest part of a fitness routine,” says Jay Cardiello, celebrity trainer and Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute member.

“Whether you walk, jog, lift weights, or do CrossFit, an hour is only four percent of your day, and you can’t [make that more important than] the 23 other hours.”

Things like good nutrition and quality sleep matter too, and smart pre- and post-workout rituals can ensure you’re recovering properly, fueling your efforts, and crushing it in every single workout. Here are the eight things that should definitely be a part of your fitness routine if you want to maximize your results.

On Tuesday I'll post an article that lists 8 things to do before and after your workout for the best possible results.

UPDATE: here's the link to that article!

Chad