Here I am again for your Wednesday workout tip! One thing that I have found on my fitness journey is START SMALL. This is a common theme in my blog. All habits should be formed slowly. Exercise is no exception. Going to the gym can be very intimidating. To relieve that stress, start with exercises you all ready do and know really well. Same goes for working out at home. Begin with the basics and work your way up. Happy Workout!!!
Find a workout buddy! Studies show that people who have people to workout with consistently tend to lose more weight, stick to their goals, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For me it has been much easier to keep motivated when I have someone else to lean on. Reach out to your friends, family, or co-workers to find the perfect partner.
I finally got my cute gym bag in and I am obsessed so I thought I would share with you what is in my gym bag!
- Face wipes and baby wipes.
- Body spray.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Hair ties.
- Hair brush.
- Make Up. Since I try to get some workouts in first thing in the morning I take some make up to get me ready for the day.
- Shoes. I have shoes specifically for the gym. I keep them in my bag at all times.
- Extra Shorts.
- Extra Shirt or sports bra.
- Dry Shampoo. Life saver!
- Hair spray.
- Water bottle.
- Protein bars. It’s important to have a snack on you so before or after you workout you have something quick and easy to eat.
- Clothes. I need to take clothes with me, because I go to school or work right after the gym.
- Sweat towel. It’s so nice to wipe down before leaving the gym.
We all know sometimes working out everyday or even 4-5 times a week can be a daunting task. It also can increase risk of injury and could keep your muscles from recovering. For me working over 40 hours a week, being a full-time student, and building a home…the mere thought of setting time out of each day (or waking up at 5 am) to work out makes me want to cry ugly tears! I have found the best solution to this issue. Start by setting a goal of 90 minutes of physical activity a week. Try to do 45 minutes of strength training and 45 minutes of cardio weekly. You can do it all in one day if you would like. Although, I recommend breaking it up into two workouts if possible. Even if you can work out for approximately 13 minutes a day you will meet your goal! You can make your own schedule just fit that 90 minutes in. (FYI: That is less than a full episode of The Bachelor!) You will see results, especially if you are starting from nothing. Starting small is always the best place to start. After you feel like you can do more, then you can add a third session to your week. I recommend adding a 30 minute high-intensity-interval-training or a 30 minute yoga session to relieve stress! Happy workout!
I’d like to kick off the blog by introducing you to “Weekly Workout Word”. Every Wednesday I will post something short but sweet you can apply to your workouts! I will share what does or doesn’t work for be as I am building, learning, and growing just like all of you!