5 Unexpected Ways To Slay Your Workouts
How's this for unexpected? Here are a few simple workout tips that will help you keep up your excitement while working towards that summer body! Follow the workout tips below to stay motivated, prevent injury, see results, and most importantly—enjoy yourself!
1. Throttle your intensity.
Keep your effort level at “challenging, but not grueling” for the first month, says women's strength training experts—about a six or seven on a scale from one to 10. “You’ll actually see bigger, better, faster results if you start more conservatively.”
2. Work out every other day.
It can be tempting to want to exercise every day to try to form a habit, but an every-other-day routine will actually boost your results. After a workout, your body needs time to repair your muscles and re-up the stored energy (known as glycogen) in your cells.
3. Warm up the right way.
A good warmup is essential to preventing injury during a workout, Molly Galbraith, CSCS, cofounder of Girls Gone Strong, tells SELF. To prime your body for exercise, a warmup should include big movements like Downward Dogs, body-weight squats, and glute bridges, Galbraith says. These exercises activate large muscle groups like your core and glutes (butt muscles), increase your core temperature, and take your joints through a full range of motion.
4. Gear up
A new piece of apparel can also give you a boost of motivation. “Even an inexpensive piece of athletic apparel or footwear does wonders,” says, a strength training expert. “It’s such a silly thing, but a new tank top really can boost your confidence and excitement.”
5. Be an underachiever for once.
Goals are great and all, but you know who doesn’t give a crap about your lofty goals? Life. “The most important thing to consider when starting a new fitness regimen is that nothing rarely ever goes as planned,” fitness and mind-set coach Neghar Fonooni tells SELF. “I see a lot of people go all in and set super high expectations for themselves, only to fall short and drop off because hey, that’s life!” Once you have a goal in mind, do a reality check and adjust your expectations accordingly.
Remember to always stay motivated!