My Top 5 Work Out Tips:
1. Quality not Quantity
I use to work out 5 days a week and now with three kids, managing editor of Nobleman Magazine and LIFE, I just don’t have the time!
So now in my life, I work out three times a week, and have been doing that for about a decade! I noticed my body actually got stronger as I cut my workouts to only three times a week. Instead of going almost everyday and not giving my workouts my all, I now leave everything I have at the gym. I push myself hard and I get a great workout every time.
2. Do Something You Love
It’s not fun unless you love it. Period. Getting motivated to work out is hard enough so set yourself up for success and do things you love! Working out doesn’t have to be a drag. I love working out and look forward to those moments to challenge and push myself. Some people love running outside, others love a good Bootcamp. Try different workout classes until you find something that is fun for you. Invite a friend or workout with your spouse. A good instructor can also make all the difference. Once I find someone that I love I tend to sign up for their classes.
3. Keep it fresh. Change it up
It is not fun doing 8 bicep curls, 8 lunges, and jump on the bike for 20 mins for a set of three times. Day in and Day out. That is BORING! If you find you are getting bored, you need to change it up. Exercise should push you, challenge you, i shouldn’t be a time of dread.
4. Make it your lifestyle
You aren’t going to get to your goal weight or size and be done with working out. You train because you body is a gift and it is your responsibility to take care of it. I love to exercise and view my body as strong and beautiful. If we take care of our body, it will take care of us. This isn’t about getting to your goal weight and going back to your life. This now is your life. You are an active and healthy, fit and strong person.
5. Actual exercises I do every week:
Every week I work out 3 times a week. 45-60mins is my routine. Once a week I will do cardio. This may be a Soul Cycle class or 45 mins on the stair climber. I am not a runner so I turn my headphones up and get lost in my music. I always like to read a magazine and I just zone out. I’m not a fan or the treadmill or the elliptical so I stick to the cardio machines that I like. Working out doesn’t have to be a miserable experience! Everyone is different. You may love to run. Run your little heart out my friend.
I weight train. Typically twice a week, each time focusing on a different body part. Lifting weight doesn’t bulk you up. That is an old school train of thought. Muscles need more fuel then fat so a strong person is a person who feeds their muscles. Weight training is how you get muscles, how you tone. At the 12 movement they have book camp type classes that focuses on a different body group every day. I love leg day and ab day so I find myself going to those classes a lot.
I also love pure barre. This is a Pilates type class that lengthens and stretches. This is great to throw into the mix if you feel right from your weight training day. There are so many options out there and what I like may not be what you like. I just wanted to share with you my philosophy about working out and give you a peek into what I do on a weekly basis. XOXO
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