Simplify Your Workout Routine
It seems like everyone has their own version of the perfect workout routine. With so many people striving to lose weight and get in shape, finding what works best for you can be a chore. Some folks may be so worried about doing the wrong thing, they never even get started. The answer to all their concerns is to keep things simple.
Here are a few steps that you can start with.
- Make Time We all have lots of demands on our time. Trying to put an exercise routine into a full schedule can be difficult, especially when lots of routines recommend a certain time of day for a workout. Remember that any time spent exercising is better than no time at all. Even if you only have 15 minutes to spare a few days each week, that’s a good starting point. And once the time is set, try to stick to it as closely as possible.
- A Basic Routine- In addition to finding the time, keep your workout routine basic. If you have trouble remembering what you’re supposed to do or how many reps or sets to work on, it’s probably too complicated. A basic routine will focus on one specific goal and stick to that goal until it is reached. Once you’ve accomplished that, you can move on to a different goal, transforming your routine in the process. A good measure for a simple routine is whether you can continue doing it while you’re traveling. If it requires expensive equipment or a specific environment, it’s probably not simple enough. Having a routine you can essentially take with you on the road will help you maintain it as part of your schedule
- Do It For Fun – A fairly easy way to simplify your workout is to pick something you enjoy doing. If you’re not a fan of lifting weights but find a nice morning jog entertaining, stick to jogging. If yoga isn’t your thing but you like a ride your bike, go cycling for your exercise. As health and fitness company Nu Skin says, if you dread your exercise routine, you’re more likely to find ways to leave it out of your schedule. Don’t feel like you need to force yourself into doing something you don’t like.
- Use Technology – While working out, make technology work for you. There are plenty of effective apps available for your smartphone that can help you decide what exercises will be good for you. They can also keep track of your progress while providing daily reminders and some motivation. You can also find a treasure trove of resources on social media sites like Pinterest where fellow workout enthusiasts often post their own routines. Find some simple ones that work for you.
Whatever results you’re looking for, finding the time to exercise often requires a simple approach. As with any routine, once it is established, it’s much easier to stick to. Following these simple steps will go a long way toward making exercise a normal way of life.
About the author: Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty and fashion. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym. Connect with her @PaisleyHansen.