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It's Life tip tuesday

8 tips for working out

July 5, 2016

Workouts can be so dang hard! Not just that, but it hurts! That’s where the saying, no pain, no gain comes from. However, because of the pain and the effort it takes as well as the consistency, many of us fall short of keeping up with a fitness routine. It only takes about 1.5 hours of cardio a week to make a difference. If you’re finding it hard to keep up with a fitness routine, check out these 8 tips!
1.Get a partner. I have a friend who hates working out unless she has a partner to keep her on track. If you have another person the fitness track with you, it gives you a bit of a fire to keep going. I personally like the challenge. I’m competitive so when someone else is working out with me, it pushes me to not let them outdo me. It makes me have a great and challenging workout. Plus, having someone with you makes it more fun!

2.Just get started. I know this sounds ridiculous but the biggest motivation is just to make yourself start. Once you start, you’ll feel like finishing. This is due to the “happy” effect exercise has on the brain.

3.Build it into your schedule. Make working out a priority like your job. Your health is important and it’s worthy of a set time in your schedule. It doesn’t have to be a lot. Take twenty minutes to jump on the trampoline with your kids. You’re having a blast and getting an overall cardio workout at the same time!

4.Play active games. This may sound silly but there was never a motivation greater than having fun. I have some friends who get together as a family at get togethers and the main highlight of their shin digs is playing the Wii. They sure do get a workout but it doesn’t feel like they are. Before they know it, they’ve been extremely active for two hours! Time flies when you’re having fun!

5.Put a goal on your wall. Ok, it doesn’t have to be your wall but it needs to be somewhere you’ll be reminded throughout the day. I write my reminders on my whiteboard in my office. This is where I spend most of my time and my whiteboard is my life. Therefore, since I’m always consulting the whiteboard, writing my fitness goals there is a huge reminder and encouragement that it’s still an active part of my life.

6.Put a reminder in your phone. None of us are ever without our phones and if we are, it’s not far that we can’t hear it. Put a reminder on your phone for a time during the day that you usually have time to stop and do a quick routine. Make the ringtone a specific one just for your workout reminder. Make it something catchy and inspiring like “Eye of the Tiger” or something. Whatever will get you motivated.

7.Don’t make yourself feel like your workout has to be long and drawn out. If you need to breakup your workout into short chunks, do it! Whatever works for you. For example, I have a friend who sets reminders on his phone for certain workout moves throughout the day. For example, lunch time, 25 pushups. After he gets off work, 50 calf raises. This way, you’re doing the specific moves but it’s not all at once and in manageable spurts.

8.Do a short workout before getting in the shower. Unless you’re super late, everyone has ten minutes to do a quick and thorough workout before getting in the shower. Do something like 20 jumping jacks, 20 pushups, 20 squats, 20 seconds of high knees, and 20 sit-ups. This little routine doesn’t even take 10 minutes but if you do it every day like without fail, you will see a difference. It’s truly that easy.

8 tips for working out

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    Terri
    July 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Great tips. I have to agree with the advice about putting a note on your wall. I have a motivational note right next to my bed so it’s the first thing I see in the morning. I’m motivated to get out there and hit the pavement as soon as I wake up.

    I must say I hate working out with other people though. Working out is my moment to clear my mind, and relax. For some reason I can’t do that with a partner.

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    Jenn
    July 5, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    I have found that shorter work outs work best for me. You are right about that. I’ve never thought about working out before i shower. Makes so much sense.

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    Censie Sawyer
    July 6, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Fantastic tips. Working out is always hard for me. I know it is an excuse but seriously, i run out of time. Between working a 8-5 job, running the kids to and from activities and running my blog I am lucky if i get 5 hours of sleep every night. I do liek the idea of putting reminders on my phone.
    I am focusing on eating better now. Got to get it together!!

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    Melissa Dixon
    July 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Working out always seems like me time and I feel so guilty taking that time out of the day. I need to start putting myself first and start small like going for a walk, it should only take a half hour or so! I need to carve out a little time to do this and setting an alarm on my phone may be the way to do it, thanks for the tips!

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    Bites for Foodies
    July 7, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    What has really worked for me is building it into my schedule! I have certain times and days that are allocated to working out and everything else has to revolve around those days and times. If I ever miss a day, I always make up for it with another!

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    aly mashrah
    July 7, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Putting my goal on the wall has helped me stay on top my goals this month! I wish I had someone to workout with me though, I think it would be so much more motivating working out with someone who shares the same passion as you. But that’s not always possible. Great tips!

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    Aileen Adalid
    July 9, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    These are really GREAT tips! My mantra with working out is that I should stick to a routine too and to always pick actions that can give me benefits (so let’s say stairs vs the elevator). They may be small steps but they come a long way!

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    Louida
    July 16, 2016 at 3:25 am

    I love these tips! I started working out the beginning of this year, and so happy to get back fit again. I have a long road ahead, so these tips will come in handy for me.

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