Write Down Your Accomplishments

Write Down Your Accomplishments

Add variety to your workout schedule, so you don’t get bored with the repetition, says Marraccini. Trying new things will also keep your body guessing, so you don’t hit a performance or results plateau.

2 Write Down Your Accomplishments
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Ran a half mile in four minutes? Powered through 10 beautiful burpees in 20 seconds? Lifted 15 pounds during bicep curls? Mark it down! Tracking your progress and seeing how strong you’re getting along the way makes for some serious motivation—and adds a little competition with yourself, says Marraccini.

3 Set Specific Numbers
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Decide how many days a week you want to work out or how much time you want to commit to exercise per week, then slightly increase it over time. “Keep in mind that increasing volume by more than 10 percent for consecutive weeks is a recipe for overuse injuries, so keep the increases small,” says Phil Timmons, a personal trainer at Blink Fitness.

4 Respect the Recovery Process
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You shouldn’t go all-in on exercise without scheduling in some rest days and recovery techniques, like foam rolling, stretching and most importantly, getting plenty of sleep, says Timmons. Consider it a crucial part of the get-fit puzzle.

5 Pack Your Bags
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Aiming to crush an a.m. workout? Set yourself up for a seamless morning by packing all your belongings, from your workout clothes and water bottle to the outfit you need to change into, the night before. Then you don’t have to worry about it in the morning, says Timmons.

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