As you all know, I am a total fitness enthusiast. I love to push myself and watch my body get stronger and fitter as a result. When I workout, I mean business. I am running, jumping, squatting, burpee-ing etc. and need my workout wear to keep up with me. One of the items I am the MOST picky about is my socks. I don’t want any slipping and sliding, and I look for comfort, padding, and arch support. So… I was super excited when Feetures reached out to ask me to review 2 types of their socks (the High Performance 2.0 and Elite Collection). Let me tell you, they are amazing. I am wearing the a pair in the Elite Collection below and they are not only super cute and no-show (my favorite) but they are also cushioned, don’t move AT ALL, and provide awesome support for my high arches. (Not to mention, they come in tons of cute, fun colors.)
So I am always asked how I stay motivated to work out EVERY DAY. First of all, I don’t work out everyday but do something active 5-6 days a week. Well, I have been thinking about it and came up with the below tips that keep me not only going to the gym, but excited about it! (I know weird right?)
- Keep Your Workouts Short: I used to work out at least an hour a day. (Anything less and I would think it didn’t count.) I NEVER do that anymore. My longest workout is 40 minutes and I only do that a 1-2 days a week. In case you haven’t seen this post, I am currently doing Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (now on round 2.0) and am still loving it. The workouts are formatted in 4 7-minute intervals and are extremely challenging BUT short! I have found that the most short and EFFECTIVE kind of workouts for ME are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts. This means amping up your heart rate (to a very challenging level) and then doing a less intense activity to lower it, then amp it up again. You can achieve this in many ways. For example, you can hop on a stationary bike and sprint at a high resistance for 1 minute, then pedal more slowly at a lower resistance for a minute, and keep going! This form of working out is incredibly effective because it creates the much desired ‘after-burn’ effect. (This is when you burn additional calories hours after your workout is over.)
- Set a Goal: It is much more fun to work out if you feel like you are accomplishing something (not just hopping on the treadmill going to the nebulous ending that is never). What do you want out of your exercise experience? Do you want to be able to do a full push-up, a pull-up, tone those arms, run a mile etc.? Figure out what resonates with you and set small and specific goals to make it! REMEMBER, progress is SLOW. It usually takes 1-2 months of work for you to notice any small changes, and 3-4 months for others to notice too!
- Do What You Like: Do you HATE going to the gym? Well if you do, telling yourself you are going to go 6 days a week probably isn’t going to be powerful enough to get you there. My cousin hates working out but loves being active. She goes on walks, skis, and mountain bikes and doesn’t set foot in a gym. What do you like? Do you like walks (not on the treadmill but outside), swimming, playing tennis, going to fitness classes, or doing workout videos at home? Choose a couple of activities you like (because even if it sounds great now, it won’t sound great for the 15th time in a row) and do that! Then switch it up with other things you like to do! I love doing BBG and so do that 3 days a week, run one day a week, and walk one or 2 more times. This variety works great for me and gets me excited to move!
What workout do you love?
Have a fitness goal in mind?
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