Working out is hard, it takes a lot of well.. work, and definitely isn’t something everybody does (but should, in my opinion). If you’re just starting to workout and create healthy habits, GOOD FOR YOU, these are great tips for making those habits into a lifestyle change. Or if you’re a workout aficionado, consider these friendly reminders for when you’re in the zone and maybe not realizing you’re constantly working out on 4 hours of sleep..
Be cautious of what you’re eating – Eating healthy is SO important when you’re trying to get leaner, faster, stronger, or just healthier overall. Think about the foods that you eat and how they make you feel.. Now think of how you’d feel if you tried working out after: grilled chicken, vegetables, and sweet potato versus a double cheeseburger from BK.. Seems like a no brainer to me. Choose wisely and pick foods that fuel your workouts; lean meats, healthy carbs, fruits, and vegetables. You get the idea.
Get enough sleep! – I completely understand the peer pressure of “It’s Thirsty Thursday, come out to the bar tonight!” or “Let’s stay up tonight to finish that movie,” ..movie ends at 12:00am. I’ve been there, I’ve done that, but let me tell you, it’s not worth it! If you have a workout scheduled at 6:00am or just need a full 8 hours to function at work and still get to the gym later that night.. GET THE SLEEP YOU NEED. Will you feel like an elderly person some nights when you have to get to sleep by 9:30pm? Absolutely. Will people judge you for going to sleep so early? Probably. BUT will getting enough sleep that night lead to a great workout the next day, motivation to get out of bed in the morning, a sense of accomplishment? MOST DEFINITELY. Moral of the story, whether you need 6, 8, or 12 hours of sleep to ensure a kick ass workout, do it.
Have a schedule – You have a work schedule right? So why not have a schedule for your workouts too? Knowing when you need to workout and what workouts you have for that day keeps you on track and allows you to plan ahead. SO many people lose the motivation to workout because they don’t have allotted time dedicated to those workouts. Create a print out calendar, a calendar on your phone, or add *GYM TIME* to your work calendar. Just make a schedule; you’ll thank me later.
H2O – It’s so simple to do, yet so many people do not get enough H2O in their system on a daily basis. Drinking water will keep you hydrated through your workouts, your skin will be radiant and glowing, and your metabolism moving at steady pace. If you’re unsure of how much water you actually need, take your body weight and divide by 2, that’s the amount of water in ounces you should be drinking.
QUICK TIP: add lemons to your water for a more refreshing taste and metabolism booster.
Listen to your body – This is probably one of the most important tips I can give, but honestly, sometimes the hardest advice for even myself to follow. You know that schedule you made? I’m that person that follows it to the T, even when I’m not feeling great. THIS is where you break the rule. If you have a scheduled workout after work but you’re A) falling asleep at your desk, B) so sore already that it hurts to walk, C) just all around feel like crap.. It’s OKAY to skip a workout and ‘re-schedule’ it for another day, or just use that as an extra rest day. Sometimes we get so dedicated to our workouts that we neglect to listen our bodies, in most cases this will hurt you more than help you. With that being said, I’m definitely not telling you to skip multiple workouts every week, but if you truly don’t feel like you can put 100% into your workout then listen to your body.
Workout with a friend – As I mentioned earlier, we all know working out is hard; having a friend by your side is beneficial for the both of you. Sometimes you need more than just self motivation and having that friend hold you accountable will make a huge difference.
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