Tips to Stay in the Game

Fall is approaching, and that means life gets a little more active when September hits. Parents getting their kids ready for back-to-school, traffic is a lot busier in the city, classes start for university students and work picks up again from the summer holidays. Here are some tips to make sure you don’t fall out of your fitness routine or ideas on how to get back into it.

1. Mix it up

Do different types of workouts to keep things interesting. You can do this by exercising different muscle groups, take classes or even change your gym routine. If you usually bike to warm up, try the treadmill. If you usually use machines in the gym, try to focus on different exercises using free weights. You do not have to reinvent your routine every session, simply add in a couple new exercises. By switching it up, you will learn what you really love working out and stay motivated in the gym.

2. Don’t be your own drill sergeant

Once one gets motivated to start back up at the gym, they want to go from 0 to 100, real quick! PAUSE. You don’t want to get injured or fall out of love with working out before even starting. Take a class that best suits your fitness level. Not one you wish you could do. With patience, you will gradually get there. You want to love feeling good about yourself after working out and during your fitness journey. Working out should not be a chore, it should be your escape from the real world.

3. Bring a buddy

When your inner demons order you to hit the couch with a family size bag of potato chips for the rest of the evening, a workout partner can steer you back in the right direction as both of you are accountable for one another. It’s easier to bail out on the gym than on the friend who you told to meet you there. Working out with a partner will also teach you new exercises and have you feeling motivated in the gym.

4. Get used to it

Working out should be just as much of a habit as brushing your teeth or eating throughout the day. Experts say you should exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. It is never easy starting off, but once you get through the first couple of weeks and make it a part of your routine, fitness will become a regular feature in your day.

5. Focus on your present

So you missed a week at the gym or you only made it in twice and had a terrible workout. On top of that, you indulged in munchies every evening that week. Leave the guilt in the past. We all have times where we need a break. Mentally and physically. Take this opportunity to get back into your routine TODAY. Start with running twenty minutes or do an outdoor workout in the park while the weather is still nice.

#StayMotivated #LIVaBetterLife

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