April

26

7 Tips to Get You Exercising Regularly

A bottle of water, joggers and a sports towel

  1. Buy and wear clothing specific to your sport or exercise regime. There is a noticeable difference when you wear yoga pants for yoga and running shorts when you jog. Consider ditching the old sweats or cotton shorts and invest in appropriate clothing. It really does make working out or playing your sport so much more enjoyable. One of my favorite shopping websites is www.athleta.com because they make it so easy to search by sport. I never go wrong when I shop with them! Next time you are in a sporting goods store, pay attention to which sport section you’re standing in while you browse.
  2. Gym bags can make or break your workout. Pack it the night before so there’s no chance you’ll leave something behind in your hurry to get out the door. Keep a supply of travel or sample size toiletries in your bag – it’s the perfect way to use them up. Things will get lost at the bottom of your bag, so clean it out and replenish toiletries weekly.
  3. Do you find it hard to make it to the gym or fitness center? Think through your day the night before. What could you cut out or replace with a workout? Maybe it’s sleep? Your lunch hour? TV? Another hobby? Or simply relaxing on the couch? Look at your workout as a way to relax instead. You’ll feel better about yourself and gain confidence as you continue to get healthier and more fit.
  4. Keep all your workout clothing organized and stored in one to two drawers. Don’t mix it up with other clothes. Treat it as special and different so you can find it quickly when you pack your gym bag.
  5. Be flexible. Sometimes weather, work, or family interrupt our exercise routine or time. For example, if it’s raining out, postpone the bike ride till tomorrow and try the pool instead. Or if you’re pressed for time, run from home instead of going to the gym. It takes no time to throw on your running shoes and head out the front door for a twenty-minute walk or run.
  6. Do you like to tear out and collect workout routines from magazines? Make good use of them by actually looking at them when you are working out. Corral them in a binder with sheet protectors and keep the binder somewhere handy at home or in your locker at the gym. There’s no point in keeping the tear-outs if you won’t be able to access and use them.
  7. If your health is important to you, chances are you take supplements, vitamins, protein drinks or protein bars. This stuff often lands on the counter top cluttering up the kitchen. Move things around in the kitchen to make room for these important things that add to your health. Which cabinet could you clean out to make room? What could you consolidate or move out? Where did you used to keep the cookies and snacks? Try replacing that storage space with your new vitamins or protein supplements.

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