Working out isn’t always as glamorous and fun as models and videos make it out to be, but it is important.
We’ve joined forces with Quality Home Fitness, a fitness equipment seller, to bring you this list of tips to help you on your journey to better health.
Don’t try to remember all of these tips (or do if you can!) but pick a few to keep with you through the week to incorporate into your life.
- Make sure you move every day. Even if you can’t fit that 30-minute workout in every day, make sure you at least get moving – walking and stretching are great!
- Schedule exercise. Sometimes, if we don’t schedule something, it doesn’t happen. You get busy, that’s okay! But make sure to schedule time in to improve your health too.
- Incorporate muscle building into workouts. Some people are really into their cardio and love to run. But that’s all they do. Make sure to get some strength training in every now and then.
- Find exercise you enjoy! Exercise doesn’t have to be dreadful. Find some fun activities that you enjoy doing to make your work out that much easier to accomplish.
- Use one day each week for active recovery. Take a day to rest, but not the kind of rest where you sit on your couch all day. Make sure you move a little, go for a walk or do some yoga.
- Don’t go more than two days in a row without exercise. Even on vacations, try to keep up the routine.
- Increase intensity slowly. If you’re just starting out, take it slow. Schedule your exercise time for 20 minutes and keep the workouts simple, like walking. Work your way up to more intense and longer workouts.
- Train with intervals. Instead of doing a nice steady paced workout for 30 minutes, do some intervals. Go easy for 2-3 minutes, and then work really hard for 1 minute. Repeat this 5-6 times for a great calorie-burning workout!
- Get a buddy. You need someone to hold you accountable for your workouts.
- Work out in the morning. When your workout is the first thing that happens when you wake up, you’re less likely to skip it.
- Try yoga. Yoga is great for flexibility and strength.
- Train for a 5k. If you can commit to running a 5k, you’ll need to train to make it happen!
- Diet and exercise have to take place together. They’re married, plain and simple. You can’t be healthy with one and not the other.
- Use exercise to empower yourself. Exercise alleviates stress and brightens your mood. And when you look good, you feel good.
- Step off the scale. You don’t need to measure your weight every day to know if you are progressing. If you are working out and eating healthy, the weight will come off. Pay more attention to how you feel as you increase healthy habits.
- Work hard, but be nice to yourself. We get down on ourselves too easily. Pamper your self-image and give all the pushing to your body. You are beautiful!
- Switch it up. Don’t do the same thing for every workout. You. Will. Get. Bored.
- Challenge yourself. If you don’t feel the need to chug a gallon of water or don’t even break a sweat, you might not be pushing yourself hard enough.
- Set small, attainable goals. Achieve little goals along the way to a healthier you. Have one goal each week or every two weeks to help hold yourself accountable.
Have one large goal. Along with the small goals, have one overarching goal that you are always working towards.