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12 Tips For Fitness Success (Part 2)

In Fitness Tips Part 1 we looked at a few fitness success tips such as measuring inches, weighing in less frequently and finding a good workout pal. Here are some more of our favorite fitness success tips:


  1. Try Watching The Tape Instead of the Scale

    Some people find measuring in inches to be more encouraging than measuring pounds. Inches and pounds correspond pretty closely with each other, but you won’t have to be constantly reminded by the number on the scale if you are sensitive about it.

  2. Don’t Set The Bar Out of Reach  

    Even if you wish to lose 40+ pounds or inches (whichever you measure in), don’t set your sights too far into the horizon at first. Start with a modest weight loss goal, and increase it accordingly as you start to see success. Sometimes a large goal can be daunting and discouraging, it can feel impossible (even though it is not). A more modest goal may feel more attainable and therefor may set you up for greater success.

  3. Simplify Your Workout

    While the fancy machines at the gym are great, sometimes it can be more convenient to simplify your workout. Use household items like lunging while carrying bags of flour (or 3 pound weights), doing staircase reps or simple push-ups, jumping jacks and sit-ups for just as effective a workout. It may make exercising seem like less of a hurdle if you don’t have to worry about getting to the gym and getting home and showered.

  4. Don’t Be Your Own Worst Critic

    Everyone falls down sometimes, don’t beat yourself up if you have an off day or miss a workout. Just get back up, dust yourself off and catch tomorrow’s workout. Constantly berating yourself for not doing as well as you want will only serve to discourage you. Just don’t let days pass before getting back on track, that is a common mistake – people wait until next Monday to start working out again when they miss one or two days. You’ll have less to make up for if you get back into it the following day.

  5. Spice it Up

    Many people have a rigid fitness routine, but it can be very helpful to vary this routine to keep interest and target different areas of the body. Maybe try yoga a couple times a week, a new fitness class one evening, walking sometimes, the gym every now and then and home fitness sometimes as well.


  6. Try High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)  

    According to WebMD, you can burn many more calories with short intense bursts than with a steady paced exercise session. Depending on your fitness level, you may work at your max for 30 seconds to 5 minutes, then drop it down to recovery-level exercise for a short amount of time, then repeating this several times. These workouts are shorter in duration, but pack a powerful fitness punch!

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