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4 Tips to Actually Get a Workout In

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t always come easy, and if you’re anything like me, making time for a good workout is one usually one of the first things to be sacrificed when my schedule gets busy or I’m just not feeling it. That’s why we’ve put together 4 pieces of advice for incorporating exercise into your routine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Start at a Good Pace for You
 
Starting a workout routine can be daunting if you’ve never practiced the habit before, or even if you’ve just taken a week or two off! You might be anxious to see results or to go up in weight, but don’t get too ahead of yourself. Your body is going to ache, you might get winded easily, or you might mentally be ready to give up. So we recommend starting off with a simple plan—maybe you just do 3 sets of 10 with a light kettlebell, or alternate jogging and walking every 30 seconds. Start with something simple and build up a little more each time you workout. Before you know it you’ll be on the path to where you want to be!
 
 
Find a workout buddy
 
Having a committed workout partner does wonders for accountability and encouragement on the road to creating good habits. So make sure you choose someone who will rise to the occasion and encourage you to reach your goals, not try to get you to skip the gym for a Netflix binge. And don’t forget to pick someone you like to hang out with ;) because choosing the right buddy can make working out so much better and easier!
 
 
 
 
Mix it up!
 
Doing the same exercise over and over again can get pretty mundane and lead to quick mental burnout. So instead of growing bored with the same workout each day, try switching it up! If you’re really focused on cardio, alternate between different machines like the stair climber, rower, and elliptical. Or maybe instead of hitting the gym, take your workout outside! Keeping it interesting will help to keep you motivated and help fight boredom.
 
 
 
 
Create a plan and STICK. TO IT.
 
I know I just said to mix it up, but right now I’m talking about your schedule - plan, plan, plan! If you wait until there is a convenient time to workout, you might not ever get one in. Each week, block off time for each day you plan to workout. Make sure you have enough time to get to where you’re going, get a full workout in, and to shower afterwards. Making a plan will also help you coordinate with your workout buddy - it makes it a lot harder to hit that snooze button if you’ve already committed to meeting someone at the gym!
 
 
 
 

 


In the end, we all know that keeping up an active lifestyle will benefit our health, both mentally and physically. While getting into a routine may be difficult, it's so so important! In times when it's rough, practice positive self-talk and remind yourself why you wanted to get going in the first place. Forming a habit can take two weeks of dedication, so hang in there, that will be the toughest part!

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