The best way to lose weight is to increase your activity level. But studies show 7 out of 10 American adults don't get the minimum 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity recommended to maintain good health. Of course eating healthily is a key ingredient to lose weight and stay healthy too, but the weight you lose from simply cutting calories isn't going to stay off long term-you'll likely gain it back as soon as you "quit" your diet. But if you make exercise a habit, you will not only lose weight, but also keep it off. For good.
But you've heard this a thousand times. And the truth is, even though we know it's good for us, there are just too many valid excuses for not working out. Chances are you already have a gajillion things on your plate to keep you busy from sunrise to sundown. With the school, job, friends, and family taking up most of our time, working out is often the last thing we want to do at the end of the day.
The problem is that instead of being something we do to make us feel better, working out has become another "chore" we have to accomplish off of our to-do list. And because it's a chore, we don't enjoy it.
So we’ve come up with a few ways to shift the focus of your workout so you can finally get into a routine—and not a rut.
1. Schedule your workout. That’s right, treat your workout like a meeting with an important client. Be selfish about it. This is time for you. If it helps, write down a motivational phrase/quote next to it to remind you that you deserve this time set aside just for you.
2. Make it a date. Literally. Turning your workout into a regular social event, like time to catch up with your friend or significant other, will help you look forward to putting on your workout clothes. It will also help you integrate your workout into a routine, because you will be more focused on the company and less on how [insert negative emotion here] you are.
3. Schedule Variety. Make each workout specific by assigning a particular focus to each day. For example, Cardio on Monday, Zumba on Tuesday, Core workout on Wednesday, interval running on Thursday… and so on and so on. Sit down on Sunday night to map out your week. Owning the planning part of your workout and jazzing it up will make you more excited for it during the day.
4. Treat yourself to fabulous gear. Whether it's a pair of smashing shoes or a colorful tank top, you’re going to look forward to your workout if you like what you see in the mirror.
Check out our suggested outfit to the right. It's one of our favorite outfits and we know you'll love it too. :)
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