This is usually the time of year when New Year’s resolutions start to lose steam and, at the other end of the spectrum, people begin dreaming about having the perfect beach body. Even if you do not always eat the healthiest foods or indulge with your favorite snack, regular exercise plays a huge factor in both healthy living and weight loss. Many people don’t actually enjoy exercising, but here are a few tips to help you boost your fitness routine and keep you on track with your goals.
- The Perfect Playlist
Music is a great distraction and motivator during your workout sessions. However, if you choose songs that you listen to while relaxing or music that is new to you, it may not be the most effective choice for your workouts. Choose songs to match your pace and that will boost your heartbeat, or choose music that has a faster pace to amp up your workouts. It is a good idea to create a new playlist every few weeks so your workouts don’t seem so repetitive.
- A Foreign Flair
Instead of counting your reps in English, try using a different language. This trick from the fitness editor of “SELF” has been proven to keep your mind occupied, which is especially important during those last few reps to help you finish strong.
- New Training Gear
You would be surprised what a new pair of sneakers or new exercise gear can do to boost morale and confidence. This is a good way to reward yourself after achieving a fitness goal and motivate you to continue towards your next goal. Whether it is new workout clothes or a new pair of sneakers, indulge a little.
- Setting New Goals
It is a good idea to have both short and long-term goals for your new healthy lifestyle, but make sure to mix things up with your workout routines, so they don’t get stale or cause you to lose interest. Try taking a new class or try a new style of a favorite workout to keep things fresh.
- Caffeine Boost
Too much caffeine can be a bad thing, but a boost 20-30 minutes before you exercise can increase your energy and provide extra stamina. This extra boost can help you to push past the desire to slow down or give up.
Working out doesn’t have to become routine. Try some of these tips and take it from routine to enjoyable.