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Exercise Tips

Some of us know a lot about the ins and outs of exercising and some of know that Netflix and a bowl of popcorn look much better than sweating it out at the gym. Whether you’re fitness junkie or you’re simply trying to get an exercise routine going, tips on exercising can equally benefit both sides.

1.       When a workout gets tough, change up your counting routine.Some of us like to count from 1 and on, and some like to count down. Changing this up in your workout will seem to make the clock tick a bit quicker. Sometimes I like to count in intervals of ten or twenty. Example, I may be doing step ups, performing 30 in each repetition. I will count, “1, 2, 3, 4 ,5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. 1, 2, 3, 4 –“ until I count to 10, 3 times, equaling 30 reps. It sounds confusing, but once all your focus is on your counting and your workout while you’re in motion, it’ll seem much clearer. However, this counting technique may not be for you if you have trouble remembering where you left off or how many intervals of 10 you have left. If you have a good memory, this could really change up your workout!

2.       The art of breathing correctly. Your breathing could determine if your workout went well or not. It seems so simple because breathing has always been involuntary for us, like blinking. Although, during a tough workout, it becomes harder to breathe because your heart rate is higher. Do not forget to breathe. It’s a really, really easy mistake, even though it may sound stupid reading it now – but if It hasn’t already happened, it will. You probably won’t even notice you’re holding your breath because your adrenaline will be pumping so hard. Just ask yourself a few times during your workout if you’re breathing correctly. The correct way to breathe during a workout: It always depends on your personal preference, but during cardio, it may be easier to breathe through your nose first and out through your mouth, very deeply. This will not burn your throat and provide more oxygen to your lungs. During strength training (when it’s super easy to hold your breath), exhale on the exertion phase of the exercise and inhale on the easier phase. Say you’re doing push-ups. During a push-up, exhale as you press down and inhale deeply as you come back up.

3.       Cardio comes first. My biggest mistake, when I started to workout, was to start with full on toning exercises. My body wasn’t ready for definition in my abs or legs because I still had fat to get rid of! I’ve always been thin, but we all have that layer of fat covering up our abs or triceps. We were all born with fat and that’s 100% okay! Some of us have more to lose than others, but that only makes for a killer bod in the end. A simple 10 or 20 minutes on the treadmill 2-3 times, a week will easily get rid of excess fat. You don’t even have to run either. Walk at a quick pace and simply keep your heart rate up. Once you start working out, I would recommend doing this for a few weeks. After that, try jogging or walking at a fast pace 1 – 2 times a week, with 3 or four toning exercises the days you’re off cardio.

4.       Use a guide or a pre-planned agenda. Whether it’s printing the fun Blogilate free calendar every month or buying that wonderful guide from Kayla Itsines, use it! A planner keeps us motivated and you’ll always have workouts planned. I have used both of those guides and there’s more out there, just find what works best for you! Having it all planned out makes it easier and takes away the stress of having to come up with a workout routine yourself. Pretty much, using a guide means you have little excuse to work out because it’s all there, planned out for you.  My favorite guide is Kayla Itsines’ because it challenges me and I’ve seen the most results from using that one. It just depends on your body type and finding the right guide that is fun for you!

5.       Find a new area to work out. Try bringing your yoga mat outside for a change – in your backyard or patio. Or, work out in your room instead of the gym. Simple changes keep you from becoming bored with this whole fitness trend. So try jogging next time instead of a cardio routine – it’ll really change your workout routine out and you’ll be more inspired the next time you get moving.

6.       Take a break. When I began working out, I never wanted to stop. I don’t mean during the workout but in terms of the entire week. I wanted to have hour-long workouts every day because I thought that would benefit me. Once I started using guides, there were days specifically set aside to take a break. Every Sunday I usually take a break from working out. This actually benefits me, because my muscles have a longer period to repair and my body can easily recover without stressing out. It actually improved the overall look of my body, because it was actually speeding up my muscles and everything if that makes sense. So, take a break at least once a week and remember that thirty-minute workouts could be even more benefiting than a whole hour or 90 minutes.

Words by Emilia O. // Photography by Brianna Sharma.


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