Lazy Man’s Guide to Exercise: 8 Fitness Hacks
Everyone needs a little motivation now and then. Whether you struggle to make it to your 6 am spin class, or put off your strength training sessions until the weekend, we all encounter laziness sooner or later. Here are 8 fitness hacks that will make your time exercising a little bit easier!
Keeping a calendar and marking down your accomplishments is quite a satisfying feeling. If you are having trouble sticking to a workout schedule, write down your goals and map out what days you plan to exercise on an actual calendar. Ditch the iPhone planner and use a good ol’ pen and paper. Being able to physically cross off days and visually see your progress is rewarding and motivating!
Grab a Friend
If you have an exercise companion, there is a much higher chance you’ll hold yourself accountable for your workouts. The list goes on when it comes to partner workouts, too. Heres a collection of 35 awesome partner exercises to get you going! Since there will be someone waiting for you at the gym or on the running trial, you’re obligated to not leave them hanging for risk of being a crumby friend.
Watch a Trainer from Afar
Ever go to the gym and see personal trainers telling their clients what to do? Next time you do, watch and listen to the instruction to see if it aligns with your own fitness goals. If you’re lucky, the trainer could have some great exercises and new tips that they share with their client that you could utilize too. Essentially, eavesdrop on what the professionals are explaining, and you could leave the gym with an entire repertoire of new exercises.
Walk Your Dog
It sounds simple, but it is overlooked by so many. If you are lucky enough to have a canine companion, taking your dog out for a daily walk is an excellent form of exercise. Not only is it your obligation, which prohibits any sort of excuse, but it is also a low impact yet efficient way to increase your health. Research shows that dog owners have healthier cardiovascular systems, in addition to a loving and fun-filled life. Even if you don’t feel like getting up off of the couch, your dog will bug until they get their w-a-l-k. Taking your canine companion on hikes, to the beach, or even just around the block, gets you out of the house and on your way to a healthier body and mind.
Eat a Balanced Meal
Especially if you workout in the morning, what you eat the day/night before your workout is extremely important. Whether you’re a morning exerciser or a late night gym rat, eating before your workout can make or break your experience. Items such as toast with banana and peanut butter or oatmeal with berries make great breakfasts before a morning fitness session. If you decide to workout in the afternoon, protein such as chicken or garbanzo beans and brown rice make for a energy-filled meal that will keep you sustained and feeling alive during your workout. Although it is important to nourish your body before any sort of physical activity, make sure to watch your portions and don’t over eat, which could easily lead to side aches and a sluggish workout.
Audiobooks and Podcasts
The same playlists can get boring after you’ve been listening to them for a couple of weeks. The last thing you need on your Saturday long distance run is a mundane list of songs you’ve heard over and over again. To spice things up a bit, try listening to some audiobooks or podcasts. Check out audible.com for a complete collection of over 180,000 titles, including everything from motivational and spiritual tales to hilarious biographies by A-list comedians. In addition to audiobooks, podcasts are also quite entertaining and can keep you motivated throughout a workout. Confused about where to begin? Here’s a list of the hottest 25 podcasts this week: Top Podcasts Chart.
When it comes to working out at the gym, many people are confused about where to begin. Do you start on the treadmill until you see the pounds melting off? Or do you head for the weights thinking you’ll get ripped in no time? While there are many factors that depend on what you should do, for the most well-rounded workout, it is important to combine forces. Meaning, integrate aerobic intervals with strength training throughout the week. Also, keep in mind your fitness goals. What exercises you perform more of coordinates with whether you want to burn fat and lose weight, or gain muscle mass. For starters, however, training your body is all about a balance.
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Take up an Active Hobby
Working out at the gym can get boring. There’s nothing worse than hitting a plateau, and feeling unmotivated to complete your normal workouts. Good thing there’s plenty of outdoor hobbies that are not only fun, buy can help you remain active as well. Snowboarding, paddle boarding, hiking, tennis; the list goes on when it comes to fun activities that also get your heart rate going. Try something new and maybe you’ll discover an activity that will have you on your way to a healthy and balanced life!