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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Workout Tips

It's that time of year when the gyms are packed and everyone is excited to get in shape for summer.  Here are a few tips to help you stay on track for your fitness goals!

Drink More Water 

If you're dehydrated you will have less energy.  If you have less energy, you won't want to workout. I find it easier to stay hydrated when I have a full water bottle next to me at all time.  I love the hydraflask brand, because it literally keeps my water ice cold all day long. This seems like the most basic tip and I'm sure you've heard it a million other places, but I swear if I'm feeling like 2:30 slump and drink a bunch of water, it does wonders for my energy level.

Accountability Partner

I recently teamed up with a friend to hold ourselves accountable for our workouts every day.  Not only is it extra motivating, because you don't want to disappoint your friend, but it's always a great way go stay in touch.  My friend lives on the other side of the country so we don't get to see each other and this is a great way to stay in touch! We are currently doing the same workout plan (BBG!) so it's nice to know that someone else is going through my same struggles.

New Workout Clothes

What's more motivating that getting to wear cute clothes?  It's not fun to throw on your old t-shirts and sweatpants from high school so why not invest in something that you'll want to put on in the morning for a workout.  There are so many cute workout clothes out there and I've found I'm really drawn to working out in leggings and a crew neck sweatshirt.  I like to easily work up a sweat and find that's easiest with a couple of layers on.  Here are some of my favorites:


Exercise may not be something that you always enjoy or look forward to so find another aspect that could help get you excited.  I've recently started listening to podcasts while I workout.  I find that they're great for entertainment, but not too distracting that I don't get my workout done.  I can watch TV or videos if I'm just doing a steady cardio workout, but if I'm mixing things up with intervals or weights then podcasts work out perfectly.  I've recently got hooked on 'The Tim Ferris Show' podcasts where he interviews a lot of different successful people.  They are long episodes so I've found that I don't always finish an episode before my workout is over and it gives me something to look forward to for my next workout. Check out the episode with Tim interviewing Arianna Huffington - it's a good one!


Set a goal in mind and have a reward at the end of it.  It doesn't need to be a big goal like finishing a 12 week workout plan or finishing a marathon.  It can be little rewards like working out 5 days in one week and you'll have sushi on Friday night or not having a glass of wine until you've finished your daily workout.  Little goals help to keep you excited and motivated.  While it great to have a big goal like finishing a marathon or a 12 week workout program, that sometimes can seems daunting on a day-to-day basis.  So taking a workout one day or one week at a time feels a lot more manageable.

Hope this helps to get your started and keep you accountable.  Happy Wednesday!


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