Working out is as difficult as it is important! Sometimes it’s not even the workout that intimidates you from going to the gym… it’s the going to the gym that does!
Once you get into a routine, going to the gym or working out in your home becomes second nature – you don’t even hesitate, it’s just what you do right before dinner or right when you wake up! Just like brushing your teeth.
Workout Tips That Turn Your Workout into a Workout Routine!
1. Start Slow
There’s nothing worse than pushing yourself too hard, feeling faint and exhausted, and waking up achey and tired the next day. There’s a fine line between the ache that makes you feel productive, and the ache that makes you never want to work out again!
Pushing yourself too hard is counterproductive and will often require you to take a cool off period of a couple days… you can’t get into a routine like that!
2. Don’t Think
Sometimes when we’re debating whether or not we should go to the gym, we find a reason why we can’t. Well, I already showered today, or I have to check my work e-mails, I don’t want to be tired for my meeting tomorrow etc. The list of excuses goes on and on.
Next time you think you should work out, clear your mind and just go! Don’t give yourself enough time to reason your way out of the situation!
3. Mix it Up
Do different workouts throughout the week. You usually hear avid gym goers say, “it’s leg day” or “chest day” – do the same! Workouts get boring very fast so do cardio one day (go outside if you can), strengthening another day and maybe focus on stretching on days where you’re a little tuckered out.
4. Buddy System!
Through and through, it is more fun to workout with a partner. Not only can you chat, encourage and spot each other during exercises, but there’s a whole plethora of additional exercises you can only do as a pair! Learn an interactive routine with a buddy and challenge each other!
5. Keep Track
It may seam strange, but keeping a log of your workouts will help you understand how your body is reacting to your routine. Workout logs should contain the work out that you completed each time so that you can see your progress.
Maybe at the beginning of the log you could only do the plank for 30 seconds, and a couple weeks later you can do it for 2 minutes! Your log also allows you to reflect on physical changes, weight loss, muscle formation and more! Every time you spot a change in the mirror, jot it down! Trust us, later on, when you’ve reached your goals, it will be amazing to look through your log!
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