Exercise…I didn’t always love it, but that’s because growing up, I didn’t have to incorporate it into my day—it was simply there. Sports kept me active day in and day out. Whether it was basketball practice, a game, or gym class, I was always participating in some physical activity that didn’t provide me with an option to “opt out”. I had to be there as part of the team and group, and therefore, exercise was naturally part of my day.

Now fast forward to college. All of the sudden, it became my responsibility to excersise on my own time. There was no coach to make me practice, and no teammates to push me. I’d say a few too many drinks and pizza nights caught up to me, and by Christmas break of freshman year, I didn’t feel good about myself. I needed a change, fast. My twin sister had actually lost weight that first semester, and after jean shopping with her, I was inspired to get back on track. I began to make excercise a priority, not an option. Here’s some tips that helped me back then and help me today:
1) Work out when you’re most alert:For me, that’s in the morning, right when I wake up. Running in the morning clears my head, boosts my metabolism, and helps my overall mindset when I think of the workday ahead.
2)Set goals before a workout: I plan my workout in my head on my way to the gym. This keeps me on track, and makes it much harder for me to waiver from my plan, since guilt will ensue if I don’t follow thru.
3) Look forward to exercise: Easier said than done, I know, but if I think to myself “I’m so excited to have a great run today”, it’s much easier for me to complete a workout than if I entered the gym dreading the workout in the first place.
4) Make your gym time “me” time: We all deserve to take time out of each day for ourselves, so lose the guilt, and forget the stresses of your job and life during your workout. Trust me, I’m still guility of thinking about work and what’s ahead of me that day while I run, but I’m starting to force myself to remember: work and life will still be there when I leave the gym.
5) Have a workout buddy: My favorite person to work out with in the world is my twin sister. On college breaks, we both looked forward to working out because we knew we could do it together. Unfortunately, we now live 2 hours apart, so now we work out by communication. Example: We both picked up Jillian Michael’s 30 day Shred videos, and now we share which level we tried on a particular day, how much we sweat (ew), and what steps we’re going to continue doing (I love the sliders and supermans!). We let each other know about our workouts on a daily basis. Believe it or not, if I hear Kimmie got a good AM workout in, and I skipped out, it makes me want to hit the gym more the next day! My roomie Ali (love you!) is also a great workout buddy. We motivate each other to hit the gym in the morning before work by walking to the shuttle together.
6) Change it up:I have a serious addiction to the elleptical. It’s easier on my knees than the treadmill, and it gives my legs and my arms a great workout. The thing is, I get reallllly sick of the elleptical. I started to incorporate some treadmill action (10-15 minutes run or incline walk) after a solid elleptical workout, or 10 minutes of the stairmaster, to hit some different muscle groups. It changes it up, and makes my workout less repetitive. On the weekends, I no longer run. Instead, I change it up. Thanks to Exercise TV 🙂 I discovered a plethora of Jillian Michael’s videos, cardio and ab workouts,etc. Seriously…take a peek, you won’t be disappointed!
7) Set out your workout clothes before bed: If I pack a bag before bed, 99.9% of the time, I’ll make it to the gym since virtually, all I have to do is brush my teeth, slip on my clothes (grab my lunch and coffee!) and off to the shuttle I go! It makes it an easier process to get motivated in the morning if I prepared everything the night before.
8 ) Purchase a new fitness item once a month: Okay, I admit, once a month might be a bit much, BUT this could range from buying a new headband to hold back your bangs/wispies, (literally $2.00 at Target for some really cute ones!) to buying a new Sports Bra(as little as $5.00—love you TJ MAXX!) Having something cute or new to workout in keeps it fresh and motivates me to hit the gym.
9) Hungry before the gym? Some mornings I am, others I’m not. On the days when I’m raveous, I’ll grab a piece of fruit to eat on my way there–could be 2 clementines or a sliced apple, or a small grano Kla bar. My favorite is Cliff Kid’s Bars (love you chocolate brownie!)
10) Update your Ipod often: I don’t know about you, but a new playlist always makes a workout FLY by for me. I always keep some of my old favorites (love my Britney), but new songs keep me guessing and anxious to see what tune will come next.


2 Responses to “Fitness Tips”

  1. 1 Terry Rowden February 11, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Great fitness tips…you nailed it!!

  2. 2 Fo Diddy March 17, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Thanks for the tips, I need to find a work out buddy…

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