Assault Your Senses
You can’t possibly get bored on the treadmill when you’re watching TV, chatting with your beaux on the phone, listening to your fave jam, or reading a magazine. One activity not enough? Combine forces for extra stimulation. Start Slowly. If you start an exercise routine too fast, it’s easy to get discouraged–or end up with a dumbbell on your toe. But if you start off exercising slowly, and then gradually add difficulty to your workout, you’ll feel challenged, not defeated. That’s much more motivating.
By writing down your daily workouts (how long you run, how much you lift), you can literally see your progress on the page–often before it shows on your body. Plus, you won’t have to play guessing games with the equipment every time you hit the gym, ensuring you the best sweat possible.
Wear the Right Gear
Not only does the newest workout apparel make you look and feel good, it can battle blisters, wick away moisture, and keep you feeling perky. All that makes for a better workout.
It’s important to stay committed to working out regularly, but if you are hitting the gym for hours every day, you might be overtraining. When you exercise, you create tiny tears in your muscles. When they build back up, you add muscle mass and strength. But that’s not possible without adequate recovery time between tough workouts. The cure? Take a step back from your schedule or create a rotation of muscle groups to work on throughout the week. That way, you can work out every day while still giving your body a rest.
Set Mini Goals
Dropping 20 pounds or running a 10K can be daunting, but when we set mini goals, we make progress more attainable. Try to lose five pounds or clock in 30 minutes on the treadmill; then go from there. Accomplishing our goals keeps us moving forward and challenging ourselves to meet even bigger ones in the future–like that marathon.
Celebrate your victories with healthy treats. Instead of going out for dinner, try a high energy indoor sports activity. Instead of buying a new TV, buy a new gadget to compliemtnt your journey to health.
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