4 Ways To Maximize Your Workout Routines

by PamelaMKramer

You did it! You found a routine that works with your daily schedule. You are putting in the time at the gym or at the running trail.

But after a few weeks you feeling like quitting because you aren’t seeing the results you want. Sticking with workout routines can be a real challenge for most.

Before you throw in the towel, check this list to see if you are secretly sabotaging your workouts.

Stop Sabotaging your Workout Routine – Follow these 4 Healthy Habits

  1. Sleep

    Are you getting enough sleep?

    As a Mom I know first hand that parents never get enough sleep. In our home as much as we try to get three kids to bed at a certain time it can drag out for an extra hour easily. If you’re a blogger without a set working schedule then you might get less sleep than you should too.

    There are times when certain projects have to be completed outside of a planned schedule. Maybe you make a local coffee house trip or brew a pot of coffee at home to get you through the night. That cycle will set your progress back. You might just have to put yourself to bed at a decent hour because your body must have sleep.

  2. Water

    How many ounces of water do you drink per day?

    If you are a coffee, soda or tea drinker chances are you are not getting a sufficient amount of water per day. It is easy to get addicted to drinking one after another. Those beverages (unless it’s black coffee) add a pretty large portion of sugar to your day as well. Those beverages might be liquid but they don’t take the place of water.

    Your body needs water to help flush out all the salt you could be retaining from the foods that you eat. Find that special water bottle and keep it full. Create a log of how many times you fill it up will help you keep track.

  3. Eating:

    What are you really putting in your mouth?

    Many people skip breakfast leaving them famished by the lunch hour and then you find yourself eating larger portions to make up for the meal that was missed. Your body doesn’t want you to skip meals. Your body wants and needs fuel to get you through your day.

    Logging what you really eat through out the day and being honest about it can be a real eye opener. The best way to fuel your body is with clean eating habits. Skip the packaged, boxed and canned food and stick with lean meats, fresh vegetables and fruits.

  4. Screen Time:

    How long are you in front of a screen?

    A screen can be your phone, tablet, television, laptop or desktop. That is a lot of screens to be viewing throughout the day. Many times you are in a desk chair, on a couch or maybe sitting up in your bed. In any of those scenarios your body is sedentary.

    It’s easy to get lost in a show, surfing the internet or working online because there is always something new to read. Try setting an alarm every half hour to take a 15 minute break. Get up and stretch your body and begin exercises that will increase your heart rate.

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Before you give up take three days worth of notes in these four categories and observe what your behaviors reflect. Identify small changes that you can make that will lead you to the success that you want.

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Your Turn: Can you think of any other healthy habits to add to the list?

Tell us in a comment below.
 

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Here to inspire a healthier lifestyle, impart useful how-to tips for working online and share a good laugh with the trials and tribulations of parenting. She gives readers an inside look at A Renaissance Woman: a modern, motivated, multitasking mom. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook and much more under the username pamelamkramer.

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1 vickie couturier August 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

get up a move,take the stairs an not the elevator,,park as far away as possible when going shopping so you have to walk

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2 @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman August 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

These are great tips too! Thank you for sharing.
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3 Wehaf August 18, 2013 at 11:02 am

My tip is to do interval training or HIIT; it makes maximum use of your workout time.

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4 @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman August 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Interval training is the best! You can get so many great results.
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5 Barbara Platt August 21, 2013 at 4:34 am

I drink a lot of water and get sleep but I am not able to do the workout due to the chronic pain
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6 tammy b August 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

getting ready to start working out again after having some procedures on my back, so my tip is to start out slow and steady when getting ready to start working out

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7 Eve August 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Ive struggled with this for years. You’ve just got to put it on your schedule and make no excuses. It’s the same as eating, drinking, going the restroom, showering. You’ve just to do it!

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8 Lauren August 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I am totally terrible at getting enough sleep! I also don’t drink enough water and spend too much screen time! No wonder it’s hard to get myself to the gym!
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9 mrsshukra August 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Very helpful tips, thank you, I will pay more attention now!

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10 Marti Parks August 24, 2013 at 6:18 am

Myu problem is sleep. I can never seem to get a good nights sleep. That is something I definitely need to work on.

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11 michelle b. August 28, 2013 at 4:25 am

Trying to be consistent
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12 Barbi August 28, 2013 at 4:59 am

I need to find the energy somewhere to start this all over again.

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13 Tammy S August 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm

These are all great tips. I struggle with insomnia and working out is one of the last things I want to do when I can barley keep my eyes open. I need to work on that.

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14 CLSJR August 29, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Just MOVE! Do anything, even chores, walk your dog, swimming is great, don’t just sit there all day !

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15 Meegan Whitford August 30, 2013 at 10:02 am

Thanks for these tips working out is my least fav thing to do and also the thing i need to do most!

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16 Pam H. August 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm

One other tip I’d have to add is music. The right music helps to motivate workout harder and longer.

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17 Faye Mc August 30, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Exercising at the same time every week becomes routine and makes it easier to stick to it. The hard part is making it a habit, getting started :)

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18 Ro Little May 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Thanks!! Very helpful! Especially the screen time for me and a lot of others I’m sure!!
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