Fit Friday #7

How to Stick to a Workout Plan and Love it- Part 3
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I’ve mentioned this before and I will say it again. You do not need to workout hours on end to see results. It’s about quality, not quantity. You can push yourself and work really hard for 30 minutes or even less and that will be enough for the day. You can workout for an hour if you have time, but a lot of us don’t. In 30 minutes you can get a really intense workout done and after those 30 minutes you will feel so great and so proud of yourself. Just don’t forget that it needs to be something you enjoy. 
Recently, I wanted to get in more cardio so we bought a treadmill. Problem is most people end up using their treadmill to hang their clothing on. I was determined not to let this happen. When I bought it I started slow just walking and maybe some jogging. The key was to enjoy it, not hate it and push off using it. This was great. Then I started running and jogging on it for 30 minutes. At first I liked it, but after some time I got very bored. I needed to think of a new plan ASAP, and I did! I now start off my workout with 15 minutes on the treadmill then do either a tabada type workout and/or strength training and then finish off with 10-15 minutes more on the treadmill. This gave me my cardio, but with a break in between so I didn’t feel bored or annoyed.
Any bit of exercise is better than none. Don’t forget that! This quote says it all:
“No matter how slow you go you are still lapping everyone on the couch”
To Summarize: You can exercise even for a short time to start seeing results and feel great. We also need to be honest with ourselves and realize when something isn’t working the way we want it to, we need to switch it up so we don’t give it up!

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  1. You are exactly right about figuring out how to do the workout in such a way that you don't get bored with it. That's a principle that works in other parts of life, too. Now if there was only a way to make being on the treadmill like walking around the neighborhood… Living in an area where walking outside is pleasant for all but the hottest times, has resulted in a treadmill that just sits around for my husband to hang things on. Treadmills also can't duplicate hiking or climbing rocks out in nature. But they are very useful for inclement weather, and they take away any excuse for not exercising.

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