Four Tips for Better Workouts

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So you’ve decided you want to work out, but some days you’re just not feeling it. Here are a few tips that I have come up for clients to help them reach their goals and have a good workout, every time.

Motivate Yourself. Figure out why you want to work out. Do you want to tone up or slim down? Are you feeling groggy all the time? Are you getting amped up for that 10K you planned on running this spring? Or maybe you just want to be healthier. Whatever your reason is, make sure you have a clear and attainable goal to work toward. It’s important to know what you want your end result to be and when you get there, celebrate!

Set the Mood. You can’t have a good workout if you’re not feeling it. So make a playlist of the best songs that pump you up. Get athletic shoes that make you feel good or wear something that you can really move in. Having the appropriate clothing that allows you to feel comfortable and not self-conscious in is just as important as putting forth effort. If you look good, you’ll feel good and if you feel good, you’ll work harder.

Plan. Having a plan of action for when you get to the gym is always a good idea. It’ll give you a path and a goal to work toward for that day and when you’re halfway through, you’ll be able to see what you’ve accomplished. Bring a small notebook with your exercises jotted down or make a note in your phone. And just because you have a plan doesn’t mean you can’t go above and beyond it too!

Push Yourself, Trust Yourself. Everyone has an edge. It’s important to approach your limit without going too far. Pushing through one last set or running an extra two minutes can make all the difference and set the tone for how you feel post-workout. Being able to know your limits and push yourself a little further each time will make you feel like a champ without spiraling you into an injury.

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