If you have been wanting to make some healthier choices and get fit, but just don't know where top start, here's a great list of 15 workout hacks that will help you get on track in no time! Be sure to "Like" our Facebook page for more tips, tools and how to's on getting fit fast with GoXercise.
Pack up and get in bed early.
Have your clothes, shoes, socks, gym bag, earphones...whatever you will need...packed and ready to grab and go first thing in the morning. If you work out at home do the same thing. Do not leave anything to chance, this derails your momentum and you DO NOT want that.
As soon as the alarm goes off, reach up and turn on your bedside lamp.
Don't rely solely on your alarm. If you have trouble getting out of bed when it's dark out then turn your light on ASAP and get yourself out of bed!
Plan your breakfast and have it ready to go or to take with you.
Whether it's a smoothie, oatmeal or a protein bar that get's you going, make sure you have it on hand and ready to go!
Keep the alarm away from your bed.
On the other side of the room if necessary. Whatever it takes to get you to ditch the snooze button and get you out of bed.
Give yourself a cold water facial.
Something about splashing or using a washcloth to clean your face with icy cold water, right after you've hopped out of bed, get's you going...fast!
Keep hiking shoes or a packed gym bag in your car at all times.
Schedules change, things get bumped...take a no excuses approach and fit in whatever you can, whenever you can.
It didn't take you a day to get in the shape that you are currently in and it wont take you a day to get out of it. Be patient with yourself, day by day consistency will get you there.
Increase your intensity and time spent...gradually.
DO NOT schedule yourself for a 5k one week after you embark on this new way of life. It is a way of life, not a temporary fix. Baby steps will get you there. Try a site like Running for Beginners to give you a realistic roadmap to work with, if a 5 or 10K is your goal.
Try new things.
Don't be afraid to shake things up. You may be all about jogging for a while and then decide to take a body sculpt class and think "That's fun!", then you may want to try out Pilates, Yoga or swimming. It's all good!
Keep trying new things...different times of the year and different times in your life will set you off towards various interests...just go with it.
Especially in the beginning, but really always...plan when and where you will get your healthy movement in and knock it out!
Keep going until it becomes a habit.
You don't have to remind yourself to brush your teeth, do you?
Keep at it until it becomes a part of who you are. There is no question that you are going to work out because that's just a part of who you are. And it may sound crazy now...but trust me...if you stick with it and start to experience the results (in all areas of your life, not just your weight, energy and fitness levels) you will NEVER want to go back to your old life. You will start to crave movement instead of junk food or whatever bad habits you had. It will wake you up to a new way of life, the benefits of which, you will never want to be without.
Forget about weight loss.
Eat clean and move your body each day...the results will follow. Don't get obsessed with the scale, go by how you are feeling.
Reward yourself for sticking with it.
Maybe it's a new workout outfit or pair of shoes, a manicure or pedicure...whatever it is that motivates you, create a little slush fund and treat yourself!
Join an online group.
One of the best motivators is having to report successes and failures to a group of people. Sparkpeople is a great resource for success stories, groups about every type of workout you can imagine, recipes and more. You can post your results, meet new people who are traveling on a similar path as you; and get some wonderful information and support in the process.
Keep a journal.
Keep a journal of your progress. Include how you are feeling...good and bad. You are making a major lifestyle change, documenting your progress will help you understand the triggers that may make you overeat or want to quit. Don't quit...your Journal may be a great asset to keep you working towards your goals.
Eat a healthy diet, listen to your body and Make It Fun! .
This is not a temporary plan of attack, but rather a lifestyle overhaul. Stay focused and committed; and your results will speak for themselves.
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