Your Workout Routine
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Itís Spring cleaning time
again! How about adding some new areas to your clean-up routine? While sprucing
up your house also consider doing the same for your fitness and wellness
routines. Spring is a great time to both toss out and replace workout gear and
even mental attitudes.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Your workout plan: Clean it out. Start with an examination of your weekly
fitness routine. For example, if you have been doing the elliptical trainer
religiously for several months or longer, take a break from it and replace it
with an comparable workout, like running or cycling.
Fitness Attire: Stick stuck in the 80s or 90s with your workout clothes? Treat
yourself to one or two new outfits that put you into the 21st century. Got
up-to-date workout clothes but you still donít feel comfortable or confident in
them, give them away and find clothing that you actually enjoy wearing. It
doesnít have to be a strain on your wallet. Discount retailers offer great
variety these days or consider a local consignment shop.
Exercise Equipment: Got a room or corner in your home piled high with the
latest, ineffective trendy fitness gadget? Get rid of the clutter. Replace them
with pieces that actually work. This does NOT have to be expensive. You can
achieve goals with inexpensive items like dumbbells, fitness ball, resistance
bands and a jump rope.
Unhealthy food choices: Take a look in your pantry and refrigerator. Small
changes can result in big results. Toss the fatty milk and replace with skim.
Ditch the soft drinks and replace with no calorie flavored water options. Stop
eating white breads and adopt whole wheat varieties. Avoid high sugar yogurt.
Instead take plain yogurt and mix with fresh fruit.
Sneakers: Write the date of purchase somewhere inside your shoe to help you keep
track of when it is time to toss and replace. Your shoes should be replaced at
least every year, more often if you log many walking or running miles.
Weight Training: Stop using weights that you can perform more than 8-12 reps
with. Every time you get to that point, itís time to increase the weight size to
ensure your body is not adapting to your workout causing it to be ineffective.
Replace quantity with quality: Starting to feel like a hamster on a wheel as you
spend hours and hours performing cardio. Cut your time in half but make sure
that every second counts. Choose quality over quantity. Interval training and
high intensity interval training can help you achieve that.
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