16 Ways to Improve Your Fitness Regime

by Jaime Brenkus

You want to get in better shape, but how? Here are 16 totally doable ways you can improve your fitness regime to get better fitness results.

1. Be a gainer

Instead of focusing on what you want to lose from your gym workout plan, focus on what you want to gain. For example, “I want to lose 30 pounds” is less motivating than “I want to gain strength.”

2. Get competitive

Make your resolution a measurable goal by participating in a race or other fitness competition, like a charity walk, 5K, or half marathon.

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3. Ditch the “all or nothing” mentality

Instead of using your jam-packed schedule as an excuse to say, “I don’t have time for exercise,” use the time crunch as a reason to perform a quick, high-intensity interval workout. Hold a weight while you brush your teeth, or just take the stairs more often.

4. Reward yourself

Once you hit a goal, do something nice for yourself. For example, if you want to run a 10K in under an hour, your reward could be the running watch you’ve been wanting to buy.

5. Forget punishment

Instead of thinking of exercise as punishment, look at it as an opportunity to feel great.

6. Be silly

Exercise should be fun. Join in a game of trampoline dodgeball, sign up for a break-dancing class, or play hide-and-seek with your kids.

7. Make changes slowly

Instead of trying to go from zero to 100, work on mastering one small exercise habit over the course of a couple weeks. Once you feel like you have that one down, add another one.

8. Choose quality, not quantity

The most effective exercise isn’t the hardest or fastest, it’s the exercise that’s performed with impeccable form. Make technique your first priority in the gym.

9. Warm up

Don’t skip your exercise warmup. It makes your ultimate workout — running, cycling, lifting weights, or intervals — feel easier. It also allows you to push harder, which means you’ll get better results.

10. Enlist a “wellness champion”

Ask your significant other, best friend, or sibling to help keep you accountable and cheer you on during your fitness journey. Pick someone who already sees health and fitness as a top priority.

11.  Get visual

Whether you are in the gym, on the trail, or just trying to muster up the motivation to workout, employ visualization techniques. See and feel yourself achieving your goal — then get to it!

12. Get more sleep

Yes, this really is a fitness goal. Getting seven hours of good, quality sleep per night keeps you energized so you can exert more energy during your workouts, and then recover from them.

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13. Pick up something healthy

Integrating strength training into your workout routine is vital to building muscle, increasing strength and keeping your bones healthy.

14. Be patient

Progress, in terms of both exercise performance and fitness results, takes time. Be patient with yourself and trust that you’ll get there if you stick with it.

15. Don’t sweat the small stuff

Every once in a while, you will miss a workout or have an “off” day in the gym. Don’t let that trip you up. Just accept it and move on.

16. Track your workouts and nutrition

Apps like MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness make you more likely to stick with your goal and will eliminate time spent guessing how much you ate, how fast you ran, or how much weight you should lift this week. Plus, it’ll allow you to see just how far you’ve come.

Last updated: 09.29.2018
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Written byJaime Brenkus

Celebrity exercise guru and Evergreen Wellness® Fitness Coach Jaime Brenkus is an early innovator of exercise videos in the 90s, having created the highly successful “8-Minute” video series featuring the blockbuster-selling “8-Minute Abs” video. Jaime has helped millions of people get fit, having also developed other well-received health and wellness products, including the Perfect Portions control plate. Jaime is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist – a designation he has held for nearly two decades. By teaming up with Evergreen Wellness, Jaime brings his fitness expertise to older adults through easily performed workout videos, in-person events, live streams, seminars, classes, and endorsed wellness-related products. As an Evergreen Wellness Fitness Coach, his goal is to add more “boom” to baby boomers’ lives, inspiring them to look and feel better by leading happier, healthier lifestyles.

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Written by Jaime Brenkus

Celebrity exercise guru and Evergreen Wellness® Fitness Coach Jaime Brenkus is an early innovator of exercise videos in the 90s, having created the highly successful “8-Minute” video series featuring the blockbuster-selling “8-Minute Abs” video. Jaime has helped millions of people get fit, having also developed other well-received health and wellness products, including the Perfect Portions control plate. Jaime is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist – a designation he has held for nearly two decades. By teaming up with Evergreen Wellness, Jaime brings his fitness expertise to older adults through easily performed workout videos, in-person events, live streams, seminars, classes, and endorsed wellness-related products. As an Evergreen Wellness Fitness Coach, his goal is to add more “boom” to baby boomers’ lives, inspiring them to look and feel better by leading happier, healthier lifestyles.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be relied on as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your physician before starting any exercise or dietary program or taking any other action respecting your health. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.

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