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My trainer taught me this secret. I do three sets per machine/strength training exercise. The first set I do 12 reps at the lower weight, 10 reps with the middle weight and 8 reps with the higher weight.
If you feel aerobics, running or walking is a drudgery then pick an outdoor activity, a sport or group exercise. Use this once or twice a week to replace your aerobics.
Instead of trying to jump my cardio, I set goals for myself of increasing by a small percentage over a period of time to let it become ingrained. This prevents me from hurting myself by straining something which has been a real issue for me since I started out to get healthy.
We have a "500 steps" parking area at work. That means that I get 1000 steps a day just by walking to and from my car at work! That's given me incentive to park further away wherever I go by car. It really adds up and I can get to 10,000 almost every day!!!
Falling out of an exercise habit is all 2 ez, I self-motivated 2 get back in2 habit by telling myself that it's only 20 min. I 'd start my beloved FIRM tape & go for the full time once 20 minutes were up.
If you usually workout in a gym, a pool or studio, try to have at least one convenient at home option. This could be a jump rope, hula hoop, a set of resistance bands, etc. When you are feeling busy or unmotivated just plan to workout for 10-15 minutes while listening to music or watching TV.