Yes, it really is a thing. You too can be one of those sickening people who spend the whole day in their running shoes and upload endless screen grabs of routes they’ve conquered.
Making small changes to your daily routine will have you fluent in fitness speak before you know it.
1. Get up earlier!
Right this minute, go set your alarm and lay out everything you need for your morning workout. Exercising at the same time every day may help you improve more quickly, a study from the University of North Texas found. Other research has shown that people who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick with their workout for longer.
2. Find your niche
So you tried spinning and you hated it, or you hurt yourself on your first day of CrossFit. That certainly doesn’t mean that all forms of fitness aren’t for you — so get back out there and try a different one! Find something that makes you tune out and gives you a release from your daily grind whether that means focusing on the ground ahead of you on a trail run, or following the instructor in a Zumba class.
3. Hire a trainer
Whether you’re a total newcomer to the fitness scene or you just need a little motivation and guidance, a personal trainer can help you set goals and develop a plan to make them happen. It could be that little bump you need to get you over the hill.
4. Join a club
Working out is more fun with friends — and it’s a lot harder to bail when you’ve got other people relying on you. Your exercise club could be an entire gym full of people, a regular fitness class where everyone knows your name, or just one workout buddy who makes sure you get out of bed.
5. Make it convenient
Think about when, where, and how your workout can best (and most easily) fit into your daily routine. For some people, a gym near the office will help them squeeze in a workout before work or during their lunch break; for others, working out at home or at a nearby gym is more convenient. (And don’t forget about where you’ll work out on the weekends!)
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6. Pay for it
If you can afford it, joining an upscale gym or splurging on boutique fitness classes could be just the thing you need to force yourself to actually go. Or, bribe yourself with smaller investments—treat yourself to a new pair of running shoes or a new GPS watch, for example.
7. Don’t overdo it
One way to put a stop to your new exercise habit before it even gets off the ground? Getting hurt. Beginners need to be careful about trying to do too much, too soon, which can leave you sore and exhausted — or worse yet, with a real injury that will keep you sidelined for even longer. It’s normal to have some muscle aches and stiffness a day or two after working out muscles you haven’t used in a while, but if you start to feel sick or overly tired, you could be training too hard.
8. Get techy
If you thrive on statistics and numbers, you may find that using apps, computer programs, or wearable pedometers and fitness trackers can help you stay on track with a new routine. Whether you’re counting your daily steps or the number of calories you’ve burned, technology can help you challenge yourself to new personal bests every day.
9. Hold out on yourself
Trick yourself into looking forward to exercise by making it the only time you treat yourself to something special. Maybe it’s a podcast or a playlist of songs that you only listen to you while you run or a special dessert you only allow yourself on days you’ve worked out. When you associate exercise with positive experiences you’ll start to look at it less as a chore and more as something fun and rewarding.
10. Get goofy
Fitness competitions may sound pretty boring to some people; why pay money to wake up early and run around in circles, again? If a regular old 5K doesn’t quite do it for you, grab some friends and sign up for something with a bit more personality. From mud runs to military-inspired obstacle courses to costumed and “colour” races themed fun runs are certainly having a moment.