Tried And True Workout Tips To Get Summertime Fine

June 3, 2013  |  

Not everyone is an expert when it comes to working out and exercising. However, there are tons of tips, tricks, and secrets that will make working out one of the best things you’ve ever done for yourself. If you are looking to learn more about physical fitness or if you have decided that now is the time to lead a more active lifestyle, here are 15 workout tips that are sure to make your experience worthwhile.

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Have realistic goals

Are you looking to lose 50lbs? Do you want to tone up and put on some muscle mass? Once you have a main goal in mind, you’ll want to divide it into more realistic and attainable goals. While you can lose 50lbs eventually, it’s a lot easier and much more self-pleasing to have mini goals, such as losing 5lbs each month. Make sure you have mini goals that lead to your main goal, or else you’ll have a hard time feeling like you’ve accomplished anything.

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Be consistent

No matter your overall physical goal, you want to always stay consistent with your exercise routine. While it’s okay to slack off once or twice throughout the month, don’t make it a routine occurrence. Stick to your diet, drink plenty of water, and push yourself to work out, even if you really don’t want to. You’ll feel better about yourself later on and in the end you’ll see results.

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Have a quality routine

Having a poor workout routine can be detrimental to your physical fitness goals. No matter if you want to lose weight or get stronger, you want to have a routine that is dynamic and allows for plenty of growth and changes. Don’t become a treadmill bunny and do nothing but run each day. Incorporate stretching, strength training, cardio, and even interval training.

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Workout with someone

Even if you’re steadfast on meeting your physical fitness goals, it’s always better to have someone who you can workout with. No matter if it’s a friend, a coworker, your neighbor, or a family member, nominate someone as your workout partner who will hold you accountable, and vice versa. Having someone to share your goals and progress with makes the process a lot easier. Plus it’s always nice to have someone to push you to go harder.

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Commit to a lifestyle change

You’ve seen the stories and maybe you have a personal experience, but when it comes to living a healthier and fit lifestyle, it has to be a long-term change. There are too many people who set forth to lose weight or tone up, and then once they hit their goal, they stop, and before you know it they’re back to their original lifestyle. Make a commitment to make forever changes, not temporary ones.

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Ask for help when needed

You’re ready to take up a new type of physical activity, but you aren’t exactly sure if you’re doing things right. When you’re trying something new, it never hurts to ask for professional advice. In most gyms you’ll find a professional who can answer any questions you have. It’s best to ask questions so that you are able to prevent injury. This is especially true for those who are new to weightlifting, which can cause an injury if you are using the wrong form.

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Listen to your body

When your knees and hips start to ache or when you feel your legs giving out, that’s your sign to stop. It’s important to listen to your body and know when you are doing too much. Make sure that you are giving yourself enough time throughout the week to allow your body to rest. Don’t workout every day of the week and if you’ve injured yourself, give your body time to heal.

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Challenge yourself

Exercising and seeing results is all about being able to push and challenge yourself. You won’t see much change in your body if you are going for the same mile long walk at a pretty slow pace, just as you won’t see changes lifting nothing but 5lb weights. Once you get comfortable with an exercise, push yourself to do something a bit harder. Run instead of walk or use heavier weights if you want to keep seeing results.

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Do something you enjoy

Working out doesn’t have to be something you hate, and there is nothing that says you have to become a cardio bunny or a gym rat. If you hate running, then don’t become a runner! Exercise isn’t this or that, but instead it’s anything that gets your heart pumping. If you don’t like cookie cutter exercises, try dancing, swimming, and even yoga, which will all help burn calories.

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Don’t always rely on the scale

The scale isn’t the end all to weight loss and changing your body. In fact, if you are looking to lose weight, it’s best to avoid the scale as much as possible. Instead, focus on the mirror, your clothes, and yourself. How do you look in the mirror? Is your face thinner? Are your jeans fitting a lot less snug? Do you feel more confident? The scale isn’t the only factor in measuring weight loss.

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Change your routine

Having the same routine for months on end will not only get boring, but it doesn’t allow you to challenge your body and your mind. Doing the same workouts over and over is repetitive, and eventually you will hit a plateau that you won’t be able to break unless you switch something up. Don’t be afraid of change when it comes to exercising. Add in new types of cardio or even add in a yoga day. Any change is good change.

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Drink as much water as possible

Water and working out go hand-in-hand. Whenever you’re breaking a sweat, you want to have water near by. You should also be drinking water throughout the day, even when you aren’t very active. Drinking the recommended 8 glasses of a water a day is ideal. This way your body remains hydrated. Not drinking enough water throughout the day can leave you dehydrated, tired, and at risk of cramps.

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Eat plenty of protein

When living a physically active life, protein is an important foundation for a healthy and strong body. A lot of people, especially women, do not eat enough protein throughout the day. Not only does protein allow for stronger muscles, it also allows your body to heal and adapt to a more strenuous and active lifestyle. Protein will also keep you satisfied throughout the day.

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Make note of your progress

Aside from progress in the mirror and on the scale, you’ll want to note your progress in other ways. Have a daily or weekly log of your exercises and keep track of them. One week you may find that you’re running a mile at 3.0 while the next week you ran a mile at 3.5. Or maybe one week you’re lifting 20lbs and two weeks later you’re able to lift 25lbs easily. Having tangible progress in your hands makes it much easier to see your goals come to life.

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Eat healthily

At the end of the day, working out won’t matter if you’re eating a poor diet. While junk food is okay here and there, your diet should mostly consist of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy carbohydrates, such as whole grains. Making sure your diet is in check will also ensure that your body is getting enough fuel when you do exercise. Without a proper diet, you won’t see as quick or noticeable improvements in the mirror or on the scale.

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