Pinterest and Facebook make it seem like everyone is working out all day everyday. Looking through the posts and photos of your friends can make you feel like you aren’t doing enough for your health, and maybe that’s a good thing. But don’t let those posts fool you: getting fit doesn’t have to mean spending all day in a gym or on a treadmill. These simple fitness tips will have you in shape in no time!
Prep the night before. It’s much easier to get going in the morning if you have everything put out and ready to go the night before. Get your workout clothes together as well as a gym bag, shoes, water, and anything else you may need before you go to bed. That way in the morning you can sleep an extra 10 minutes and you won’t have to stumble around getting your things together. If you really have a tough time, try sleeping in your workout clothes – no excuses then!
Set goals before each workout. Each workout is its own beast, so make sure you set both long-term and short-term goals. While you should strive to work towards a bigger goal, setting small goals for each workout can keep you motivated as well as help you track progress from day-to-day.
Do lots of bodyweight and compound movements. Moving your whole body is the best way to effectively use your time. By working out your entire body at once, you don’t need to hit the gym 5 days a week to do it all. Pushups, pullups (even assisted), air squats, and burpees are all great bodyweight exercises that will get you fit without taking up too much of your time.
Change your environment. We get it – running the same route or doing the same routine everyday can get boring. If you are a runner, try hitting the trails at least one session a week. If you prefer a gym, go to a local playground once a week to do bodyweight workouts. Changing your environment is a great way to stay excited about your workouts.
Give yourself small rewards. Even if it’s just a gold star, be sure to work some rewards into your system. For example, if you run a 100 meters faster today than you did a week ago, reward yourself with a movie you’ve been wanting to see or a new top you’ve been eyeing or head over to Crystal Lake III for a nourishing shake. Just be sure to make the rewards as healthy as your lifestyle is now – no bacon cheeseburgers just because you ran a mile today.
These tips are just to get you started. Once you begin a workout routine, you’ll be able to experiment more and find the workouts that work best for you. Remember that fitness doesn’t have to take up all of your time or cost an arm and a leg. It can be as simple as going for a walk each night, which is both quick and free. Getting started is the hardest and most important part, so start putting these tips into action today!