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7 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Workouts by Jessica Boscarini

by Jessica Boscarini, posted to Health & Fitness

For most of us, getting motivated to workout every day is hard. There are many days when even thinking about putting on workout shoes seems like a task that is going to be hard to accomplish. So how do you choose something that works for you? How often should you workout? What kinds of workouts s... More »


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Find a workout routine that you enjoy doing

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Second, find something that isn’t too hard on you mentally (ie, classes where there is more choreography than J-Lo would know what to do with); and third, make sure you get a good muscle fatigue out of it, because without that, you are only wasting your time.

Claudia: Agreed- Its no fun when you are miserable

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Workout 5x/wk for 45-minutes or 4x/wk for 1-hour [or at least try to come close]

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However, if you are just starting out, don’t let these numbers intimidate you and just do the best you can. Getting a little workout in is better than none at all. Furthermore, you don’t have to do the full 45-minutes all at once, break it up throughout the day if this makes it more feasible for you.

Claudia: Check!

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Give your body at least 1 day a week of rest

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Muscles need to rest so they can repair themselves. If you don’t give them an adequate amount of rest, they will keep breaking down further and further, and you won’t ever see the results that you would expect from such dedication.

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Never do the same workout 2 days in a row

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Just like everything else in life, the more you do a specific action the easier it will become. While this may be good for the other 99% of things you do on a daily basis, this is not good for exercising! You want your muscles to be surprised and you want them to work hard – this is the only way you will see change.

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Aim for 3+ different types of workouts per week

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– meaning that the more often you do a specific workout, the harder you will have to work to see the same results. However, if you are going to do the same type of workout on a more regular basis, switch up the amount of time or the intensity that you do it at, so your body never has the chance to adapt.

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Switch back-and-forth between cardio days and strength-training days

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There are also a lot of great classes that incorporate both strength and cardio together, so if you want, you can do some of these. Overall, listen to your body and if you worked out one muscle group a lot the day before, workout a new one the next day so that you can be nicely toned all over.

Claudia: At first I was doing both cardio and weights on the same day- huge mistake. I was always so tired throughout the day.

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Always do cardio after strength training

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Muscles need to be pushed to their limits in order to change and if they are already fatigued from 30-minutes of cardio, you will not have the energy to push them to where they need to go.

Claudia: Great tip! Loved this list, thank you!

Jessica Boscarini: Thanks Claudia! I'm glad you found it helpful :)

Enrique Ledermenez: No offense, but how can someone do three types of workouts per week if they wait a full week in between workouts? Unless they overloaded in one day, but then I would think that moderate workouts daily are more beneficial...

Jessica Boscarini: Hi Enrique - You must have misunderstood what I was saying. It's important to work different muscle groups on different days, as your muscles need to have ample time to repair themselves in between workouts. For example, you shouldn't do chest presses 2 days in a row. You can, however, work your chest out one day, your biceps the next, and then your chest again on the third day, because you would be giving your chest muscles a chance to rest in between days. For another example, you can use the elliptical o

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