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Monday, May 23, 2005

6 Tips To Help With Your Workout

by Laura Hickey -

In today’s world of rushing to our next appointment, doing more and often times super sizing our meals, it can feel like there’s no time or energy left to work out. We may at the New Year put in our resolutions what we’re like to work on such as gaining a 6 pack or losing extra weight in other places. But by 2 or 3 weeks into the New Year, we may have lost the excitement and energy we once had when we were writing these goals down. But there are some easy ways to help yourself get back into keeping track of your work out.

Drink Water- Do you ever feel like you’d rather just sit on the couch or lay in bed for hours after a hard day at work? Drinking more water, preferably when you’re not at work to avoid every 20 or so minute bathroom trips can help you look and feel better. Not to mention it flushes out the toxins and leaves you having more energy.

A log- Keeping a log of how many squats, crunches and or pounds will help encourage yourself to move forward with your workout. You don’t need a fancy log book. A simple inexpensive notebook and pen or pencil will do the trick.

Friends- If you tell your friends or work out with one, you’re more likely to keep sticking to your goal. Not to mention your friend could be your cheerleader when times are tough.

Reminders- Putting in one area such as your night stand isn’t enough. The saying of "Out of sight, out of mind" is very true. But if you leave little reminders around the house, working out will constantly be in your mind thus preventing forgetting what your workout plan for that day is.

Shake it out- Often times doing the same workout can become really boring. So shake things up. Change what you do each day and also change your music. Perhaps switch between your favorite radio stations and CDs. Besides being a good change for you, it can also help your workout because your body isn’t getting use to the same routine.

The Look- Do you admire someone’s body that is or isn’t famous? Instead of sucking it in or covering it up, post pictures of the one who admire around where you work out for motivation.

Your workout doesn’t have to stop there. Having self control when eating out is a way of working out. Skip the chocolate cake that you know you’ll regret later and have some fresh fruit with yogurt. To ensure that your workout isn’t interrupting your workout, exercise 3-5 hours before you rest. Doing a last minute workout can tighten the muscles as you sleep causing you to wake up to a sore body. Having a positive attitude will make your workout go by faster since you won’t be in a mindset of hating the activity that you’re doing.

About the Author:

Laura Hickey is a Freelancer and Children's Author of "Mysterious Chills and Thrills for Kids."

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Elliptical Trainers

I like elliptical trainers for a couple of reasons. Elliptical trainers are low impact. They are easier on the joints, especially the knees, than treadmills. Elliptical trainers seem to me to give a much more better workout than treadmills - perhaps it's because you can use the upper body as well as the lower body better.

Physically, elliptical trainers burn about the same number of calories as treadmills. I've used treadmills for years, but since I've also been using elliptical trainers, I've noticed that I seem to get my heart rate up faster and get the same workout in a shorter time.

Low cost elliptical trainers run from as low as $200 or $300. As with anything, though, you get what you pay for. I can't count the number of piece of cheap exercise equipment I've gotten rid of through the years. You will want to balance quality and features versus cost. The best elliptical trainers can cost several thousand dollars, but are basically commercial quality, the sort of equipment that can last for years.

Elliptical trainers are an excellent way to achieve physical fitness at home. They are easy on the knees, give a great aerobic workout, and are at least comparable to good treadmills, maybe better. If you've never used one, I recommend trying an elliptical trainer out at a health club before you decide to buy one. Not a member? Most health clubs will let you come as a guest or buy a guest pass. It's a good way to see if you like elliptical trainers before you make a large investment.

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