It’s always difficult to start a new exercise routine. Especially with the pressure of welcoming in a new year. Every year I feel like I say I’m going to start being healthier, and exercise every day, but now that I’m older, I’ve realized more and more than I do not like traditional exercises. It’s very hard for me to be motivated because I don’t like lifting weights, and I definitely do not like running. There are a few ways that I’ve kept myself motivated and on the right track, that are easy to implement into your everyday life!
1. Figure Out What You Like
I got a cheap pass at my local gym that allowed me to try out all of the different kinds of group classes. It was a great experience because I found out some exercises that I never would have thought of that I absolutely love now. My new favorites are hot yoga, spin class, and boxing! This makes it so much easier for me to want to go to the gym because it is so much fun!
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2. Get A Gym Buddy
I have a co-worker that has been struggling to lose weight, just like me. We decided to start exercising and start going to the gym together! Not only do we go to group classes together now, but we also split the cost for a personal trainer! This makes it easier on our wallets, and we have each other to make sure we commit to our routine.
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3. Find Discounts
Websites like Groupon and Living Social are my favorite because they have major discounts for awesome activities. I have been using Groupon a lot lately and I’ve been able to go on a lot of adventures, that are a twist on exercise. I’ve gone on a group rock climb, a white water rafting trip, and hot yoga for a month for only $20!
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My best advice is to try several different forms of exercise to figure out what you like the best, even if it’s just dancing for an hour every night! You’re burning calories and doing something that you love. It’s not about forcing yourself to exercise, it’s about changing your lifestyle to be more physically active, which you can’t do unless it’s something you enjoy!
Looking to get healthy but don’t know how? Or are you looking to get a good workout in to lose a couple of pounds before the holidays without spending money on DVDs and gym memberships? If you’re looking to shed some weight and tone up, here are some fun, easy, and free workouts you can do!
1. YouTube Videos
Who needs workout DVDs when you can get a great workout from videos on YouTube? Whatever your fitness level is, there are videos that can help you get into shape. Whether you’re looking to shed weight or tone up, the variety of videos are nearly endless.
2. The Prison Workout
These workouts can be done in small spaces such as a dorm room or apartment. Like the conditions of a prison, you have don’t need much room and you only need to use your body to tone up. The workouts are based on repetition and your body’s weight. If you follow this workout, you will definitely get stronger and more toned!
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3. Running Apps
Running is one of the best ways to get into shape! If you’re a beginner and need a push to start running, there are many apps (most are free) that you can download to your phone to help push you. It has set running schedules made to push you into running harder and faster. These apps are like having your own personal trainer. It will tell you when to run, rest, and even push you to run faster. There is a variety of apps ranging from beginner runners to more advanced runners. Whichever level you are at, these apps can definitely give you a great workout.
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These are great ways to kick-start getting towards a healthier you! If these workouts aren’t enough, many colleges have gyms included in their student fees and tuitions. If you’re looking to get fit, you can definitely take advantage of working out at your school’s gym. If you need more help or tips in getting fit, you can also inquire about personal training sessions. A great tip I can give is, ask friends who are into fitness for tips on how to get fit. Most times, they’re willing to help whip you into shape for free!
There’s more to summertime fitness than looking good in a swimsuit. Increasing temperatures mean more opportunities to work out, more ways to mix up your routine, and more reasons to eat popsicles after breaking a sweat. Check out the following ways you can mix up your routine for summer to maximize your fitness:
1. Change Your Workout Time
Avoid the hottest parts of the day by working out closer to when the sun is either rising or setting. It’ll be cooler than noon when the sun is directly overhead. Also, waking up early and working out gives your entire day a boost of endorphins and energy. A new workout time is also a great way to add excitement to your typical routine.
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2. Enjoy The Season
Take advantage of all of the opportunities that are best enjoyed when it’s hot outside: see if your community pool offers water aerobics, take surf lessons, or explore your neighborhood by foot. There are a surprising number of ways to be active outside.
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3. Air Conditioning
If you are not a member already, join a gym. You can enjoy getting your fitness on inside nice air conditioning. Some treadmills even have a built-in fan.
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4. Interval Training
If the gym isn’t your thing, try interval training instead. Short, but intense, workouts that raise your metabolism and burn calories without the additional time in the sun.
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5. New Workout Clothes
Just starting a new workout routine and need a little motivation? My favorite (but least cost effective) way of getting inspired to hit the gym is buying new workout clothes. There’s no better way to show off your new workout sneaks than to wear them, and once you’re wearing them, you’ll want to work out! It’s foolproof motivation. Mostly.
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Do you do anything different to work out in the summer? Let us know your favorite fitness tips in the comments!
Mornings can be tough, but they don’t have to be! Check out my five “morning musts” for a better start to your day!
Stretching first thing after waking up has many benefits. Along with relaxing your body and muscles, stretching in the morning also relaxes your mind and improves your circulation. This allows you to begin your day in a calm and relaxed state.
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2. Eat Breakfast
It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason. Even if you are one of those people who don’t like to eat in the morning, try it! It’s important to start the day off well-nourished. If you do not have time to sit down and eat in the morning, grab something for on-the-go like a piece of fruit, granola bar, or juice.
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3. Drink Warm Lemon Water
We’ve all heard that lemon water is beneficial for our bodies, but have you heard the many benefits of drinking warm lemon water on an empty stomach? It does wonders for your digestive system and flushes out toxins!
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Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed at the beginning of the day if you feel like you have too much to do with too little time. The trick is to make a list, whether it be on paper or in your head, that roughly schedules out when you will complete each task that day. This way you can feel more organized and can calm down knowing you have a basic idea of how your day will go.
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5. Slather on the SPF
Protect your skin! Always remember to apply sunscreen. Wear broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays all year round, especially in the warmer seasons as more of your skin is exposed. For those who wear makeup, you can skip the process of applying sunscreen by using makeup that already has SPF in it.
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Do you have any ‘morning musts” that you can’t go a morning without? Tell us in a comment below!