Fitness tips to get the MOST out of your workouts

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English: Exercise work zones (Fox and Haskell ...

English: Exercise work zones (Fox and Haskell formula between 20 and 70-year-old): red zone (VO2Max), anaerobic, aerobic, weight control and warming up. Français : Zones d’exercice de travail (selon la formule de Fox et Haskell entre 20 ans et 70 ans) : zone rouge (VO2Max), anaérobie, aérobie, perte de poids et échauffement. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1.     Get comfortable. Make sure that you have the right clothing and shoes to perform your exercise routine.

2.     Buy a heart rate monitor with a calorie counter to help motivate you and keep your heart rate at 80-85% of your maximum heart rate while working out.

3.     Set goals so that you can measure achievement and make a contract with yourself that is posted someplace you see daily. This will serve as a reminder to keep you on track.

4.     Schedule your daily workouts and stick to it.  This is non-negotiable! If you are asked to do something at your scheduled workout time, say, “Thanks for thinking of me, but I already have something scheduled then. Can we do it another time?” If there is no getting out of it, then find another time that day to workout.  Morning workouts are the easiest to stick to and make sure they are at least 30 minutes long.

5.     Have a support system of like-minded people that will motivate and encourage you. That’s why my challenge groups have been so successful.

6.     Mix up cardio and resistance training

7.     Ramp up the music. You will move faster and burn more calories.

8.     Make sure you are well hydrated before working out so you don’t get a muscle cramp.  If you don’t like to drink water before your workout make sure you get at least 80 ounces through the day.

9.     Eat a mix of protein and carbs for energy and record your nutritional intake in a log. I love myfitnesspal.com.

10.    Exercise needs to be a daily habit. No excuses.  Vary your workouts to keep your body guessing and keep your mind engaged. Find workouts that are fun for you to do and log them. Beachbody has a great system to keep track of these.

11.    Have some caffeine 40-45 minutes before working out.  I like energy and endurance because there is less than 200mg of caffeine in it. This can help stabilize your blood sugar, mobilize fat stores and heat up your metabolism.

12.    Find a way to reward yourself when you reach a goal. But, skip unhealthy rewards that may get you off track, such as junk food.

For more helpful information, tools, programs or motivation check out http://www.homefitnessjunky.com or Facebook me at http://www.facebook.com/homefitnessjunky

About anitakellam

Wife-Mom-Health Care Provider-Fitness Junky- Gluten/Dairy Free Foody, Aspiring Techno Geek My name Dr. Anita Kellam, DNP, FNP-C. I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and maintain a practice in rural Montana. When I was a kid I was a competitive swimmer and even swam at the master's level until I had my first child. I have spent the past 15 years pursuing my professional degrees, raising 3 children and devoting myself to my family. Over the years I saw the pounds slowly creeping up. Once I completed my doctoral degree I made the decision to improve my health and fitness. Beachbody has provided excellent tools that helped me turn my house into a gym. It has been an amazing resource to help me achieve my goals and I am addicted to the products. I would love to help others on their journey to be in the best shape of their lives no matter what age or fitness level. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or like me on my webpage www.anitakellam.com.

2 Responses to “Fitness tips to get the MOST out of your workouts”

  1. Great advice.

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