I wanted to share a few tips and tricks I'm currently using and have learned through my years of competitive sports and working out.
Like most people, I made the New Year's resolution to exercise more, and I am desperately trying not to fall off the bandwagon. I am currently trying to lose some weight and get in better shape, and I totally understand how daunting an undertaking like this is for anyone. So, I was hoping to share some things I do to make working out easier and a little more fun as you go on this journey.

As a warning, I am not a certified trainer or anything, but have an older brother who is and a very athletic and competitive family.

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1. Music!
This one is super obvious, but super important. I listen to music all the time - check out my other articles on playlists + music if you're searching for some new tunes - and do as well when working out. It's essential to have music that will keep you going, i.e. running, lifting, and most importantly, smiling. Now I know what you're thinking - "I hate working out! Why would I smile?"
I have songs that remind me of things I enjoy. For example, I have songs I found from Teen Wolf, one of my favorite shows. I also have MULTIPLE playlists dedicated specifically to workout music. Have more than one so it stays interesting.
If you have music you've heard one too many times or bores you, you'll hate working out even more.
Head over to my Soundcloud if you need some stuff: https://soundcloud.com/peyton-haahr , and look at the other articles!

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2. Have Inspiration around you all the time.
I live with a family that is incredibly competitive, opinionated, and talented. Both of my brothers work out almost every day, and one is a professional trainer. My parents both work out too, and up until last year, I played competitive junior tennis in the toughest sector in all the U.S. Surrounding yourself w/ people who will build you up and encourage you is vital to your success.
Have a "inspo" board here on WHI. I have one, called "For Me" where I put specific pictures to help motivate me to get the body I want.
But word of caution - don't find yourself constantly looking at these pictures. We live in a world of comparison, and sometimes viewing too many (often photoshopped) pics of bikini models can hinder your progress, and make you feel bad about yourself.

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3. Workouts don't have to be long, but they have to be tough.
The plain fact is you don't have to work out for hours on end to get in shape. Most people just don't have that time with school, work, and sports.
I have hour and a half workouts three days a week, and 50 minute workouts on two others. I don't do it for much more. But my workouts are intense, and make me sore. If you know what moves and reps you are going to do ahead of time, you can get out of the gym that much faster.
For reference, I do my 30 minutes of cardio, followed by 30 minutes of weights, and then 30 minutes of legs and jump rope. It's a simple formula that keeps me on track.

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4. Don't be afraid to try something new.
Honestly, when I stopped playing tennis, I was embarrassed on how out--of-shape I had become. I was afraid to start going to the gym, to be seen by others as weak, and to try things that may have scared me.
But I had to tell myself that it doesn't matter what they think, that I should be feeling incredibly blessed to be able to move my body and do this.
Once you get there, that's where the fun begins.
About 8 months ago, I started doing spin classes. Once a week, I go and get my ass kicked for 50 minutes in a dark room with blaring music. Short and sweet. It's high intensity and actually pretty fun. Although it may be a little expensive (about $15 -20 a class), I feel it is well worth it and makes working out a heck of a lot more fun for me. When you're in the dark room, literally no one cares what speed you're going or how you look. It's a breath of fresh air.
I would check out the classes that your gym offers (I'm hoping to try boxing next!) as those can be a huge stress-release as well as a great work out too!

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Just remember - it doesn't happen overnight, but you are tough enough to do it. I promise.

Thanks so much for reading!
- peyton