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7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Workout

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7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Workout

Whether you’re an avid exerciser or just getting started, maintaining an exercise routine can be tough. These tips can help you get over the slump and make those workouts part of your life rather than something you dread.

Do you often feel like you don’t have the time or energy to get in a good workout? I promise, I know the feeling. Some mornings when my alarm goes off, all I want to do is unplug it and snooze for an extra hour instead of heading out for a run. It got especially hard when I started marathon training. As the runs got longer, my start time had to get earlier and earlier to keep my running schedule from interfering with my work day.

These little tricks helped me immensely during marathon training, and they’re definitely the reason that I’ve been able to keep up a regular running routine now that there’s nothing that I’m training for.

1. Drink less booze. This might seem like a no-brainer, but the night before your workout, skipping the booze in favor or water can make a big difference. Even low levels of dehydration can impact your workout, and you’ll have a much easier time exercising if you didn’t drink the night before. If just water seems a little boring, try whipping up a healthy mocktail, so you won’t feel left out.

2. Try intervals. If you’re getting tired of your routine or you feel like you’ve hit a plateau, working in some interval training can kick things into gear. Intervals are simple to do: you rotate between an easy and difficult pace. For example, on our Friday runs, my partner and I do two minutes of running as fast as we can, then two minutes of walking for our three mile route.

3. Take it outside. If you’re used to working out at the gym, try taking your workout outdoors. Walking, running, cycling, or even yoga outside is a whole different experience than inside a gym with all of the fluorescent lighting. One of the hardest runs I had during marathon training was on a treadmill, and it was less than half the distance of most of the runs in that training program.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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2:44PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Now that I've had my baby, I'm finding that working out and just starting a workout is harder than ever! As much as I keep asking, none of my friends are helping, or are very supportive, either. Reading suggestions from others is a great help right now.

5:19AM PDT on May 19, 2013

Good tips,thanks for sharing

9:09AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

thanks

3:45PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thanks for the info

4:39AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

thanks for tips

6:59AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

I find really hard to wake up early :(. Lucky me I have a great partner who helps me a lot and gives me that extra motivation.

11:13AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

The last one is probably one of the best tips you can ever get. Thank you.

5:33AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

For people not used to doing physical exercises, it really needs courage

10:03AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Thanks.

5:21PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Thanks Becky :)

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