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8 Ways to Keep Up with Your Training Without Stopping

8 Ways to Keep Up with Your Training Without Stopping

Getting into a fitness training regimen can be difficult to begin, but what may be even harder than starting, is in staying with it. After the first couple of days of training, you may experience muscle soreness, fatigue, or tightness, but this is just your body’s response to getting in shape. Pushing your muscles to the limit is what causes them to get stronger, but causes small tears in the muscles that require recovery time. It can be easy to turn that needed rest time for recuperation into a longer stretch, and then into not training at all. Soon, your new found passion for getting back in shape becomes a thing of the past.

The best way to stick with your fitness training, it to keep going.

Here’s how to get and stay in the habit of regular workouts.

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1. Start Where You Are

Don’t wait until you have the perfect training shoes, the gym membership, or have hired a trainer. Start as soon as you can with what you have. Take a walk in your neighborhood. Do some pushups or sit ups. Start right now because taking one action toward your training makes a difference.

2. Keep Active Daily

This does not mean you need to run a marathon daily, but do something active everyday. You can alternate between hiking, swimming, or training at the gym. No matter what, make a point to stay active. The endorphins created during exercise can boost your energy and mood, and can be habit forming. Focus on the habit of increasing those endorphins, and your desire to workout will follow.

3. Get a Trainer or Take a Class

It can be too easy to get away with not pushing yourself when it is just you and your workout. Working with a trainer can keep you on schedule with your workout goals, and can offer you supportive nudges to stick with it. Taking a class can give you the support, kinship, and connection possible from working out in a group. The training will not be as targeted as working with a trainer one-on-one, but the energy of a group can increase motivation.

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4. Do Exercise that You Love

If you workout by doing an exercise that you love, you will be much more likely to stick with it. If you don’t love running, then walk instead. If you don’t love walking, choose swimming. Whatever it is, take the time to find your workout groove. Help stay motivated with music.

5. Focus on Health, And Not on Looks

Working out for vanity’s sake can be a no-win battle. Internal motivation and focusing on how you will feel, rather than how you will look after a workout can support you in sticking with it. The health benefits of exercise are numerous. When you workout, you actually feel like you look better. Rather than just buying more wrinkle creams or getting plastic surgery, exercise can actually help slow the aging process.

6. Don’t Give Up, Even When You’re Stuck

As you progress, you may begin to get frustrated when you hit a plateau and feel like you can’t reach your next milestone. Keep at it, and as you get stronger, you will reach your goal. A good way to get past that plateau is to “confuse” your body by mixing up your workouts.

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7. Don’t Let Lack of Time Be an Excuse

One of the leading causes of people not working out can be the feeling that there are not enough hours in the day to find time to work out. Excuses are just ways to procrastinate and prevent yourself from staying on course. There is no time, unless you choose to make time. Even if its in 10 minute intervals throughout the course of a day, just do whatever you can daily. The use of a fitness tracker can help you count steps, so you can be aware of opportunities to train, just by your everyday activities. Try out these 5 minute workouts.

8. Keep Track of Your Time

A great way to celebrate your accomplishments is to track your workouts. You can use an app on your mobile phone, or even a spreadsheet, but making the choice to track your time gives you  a visual representation and the measurable results to track your progress. If you say you want to work out 5 days a week, then have 5 days a week checked off in your calendar. Stick with it and it becomes a habit. This app makes it fun! 

Exercise is an important part of your overall health. Without it, your body’s systems cannot function properly. Set yourself up with these tips to help you win at the game of your health!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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