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Dance Workout Videos To Add To Your Routine
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Dance Workouts On-Demand
There are so many dance workouts online and we are so lucky to be able to take these classes for free on YouTube. I’ve got foolproof classes that will put a smile on your face and give you a good cardio workout. How do you choose from thousands of free workouts online? For me, I always start with what I’m feeling for the day. Do I want something sassy or mellow or do I want to bounce on my trampoline? Depending on your mood, there is surely a dance workout video with your name on it. I also love skipping ahead to the middle of the workout to see how the instructor is doing. If they’re still smiling and their energy is infectious, I’ll give it a try. If you don’t have time to skim the workout, I did it for you. I have 5 classes below that will make your workout routine fun, sweaty and will keep a smile on your face.
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Twerk Dance Video
Twerking classes are all the rage in the fitness world and I’m so here for it. I love this class because it makes me feel like I’m at the club with my girlfriends and not working out. Don’t be fooled, this dance workout video will make you work babe. All that squat and booty popping will strengthen your legs and your core too. low impact cardio workout, bust out that trampoline and let’s jump. waiting for you. Get unlimited access to all of our dance workout classes in our studio today. That’s fierce and feminine cardio classes available for you online anytime anywhere. Join now and get your 15 days free trial.
Whether you want to branch out from your usual cardio routine or you’re a fitness newbie who needs something fun to get you moving, dancing provides a full workout that can build endurance, strength, and get your heart rate up.
We’ve curated the best dancing workout videos so you can get your sweat on while working on your dance floor moves. And even better—they’re all free.
African Dance Workout (Kukuwa Fitness)
This African dance workout is 15 minutes of booty-building cardio. You’ll be in a partial to full squat for most of the video, with lots of hip movements and twists to work your obliques. As you get going, you’ll be doing lots of standing ab work (in disguise). Your shoulders will feel the burn too with lots of bodyweight flyes and raises.
25 Minute Disney HIIT Workout: Animated Classics (That Disney Girl)
If you’re a Disney fan, you’ll love this 25-minute dance fest that includes some of the best Disney songs of all time, including ones from Aladdin, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Frozen. This is a high-intensity class that uses a Tabata format to introduce fun but tough work intervals with rests so you can recover and get back to it. All of the movements are broken down beforehand so you can keep up. This one will have you sweating and reminiscing about all your favorite Disney moments.
Bellydance Cardio Workout
Who hasn’t ever been intrigued by belly dancers? If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to belly dance, this video will teach you basic techniques while getting your heart rate up. Leilah Isaac takes you through a sultry full-body toning workout with a particular focus on your core. Bellydance movements can be tricky to learn the first time, so replay this workout to shake those hips better.
Rain On Me Dance Workout (The Fitness Marshall)
This popular dance workout channel breaks down each mini-workout by song. "Rain On Me" is a fun cardio dance routine that you can follow along with at home. Many of the moves are repeated several times, so you can get the hang of them before moving on to the next sequence. If you love choreography and popular radio hits, you’ll love these workouts. String together a few songs for a customized cardio workout.
Bombay Jam Bollywood Dance Workout
Bollywood is known for fantastic dance work and fun music so turning this into a fitness session is a no-brainer. Janani Chalaka from Bombay Jam makes you feel like a Bollywood star combining hip-hop and Bollywood style dance moves into a high-energy cardio workout. All of the moves are broken down in advance so you can learn quickly and then follow along. You’ll get your cardio done while working your entire body with squats, jumps, and twists.
Lower Body Dance Workout (Afrifitness)
If you want to work on your lower body, this dance workout is perfect. Rachael Okesola takes you through nearly 20 minutes of lower bodywork. You’ll get low down in your legs as you sidestep, jump, shimmy, and drop into a low squat. Your legs and buns will feel the burn with this one.
40-Minute Reebok + Les Mills BODYJAM Workout
This high-energy class is 40 minutes of sweat-inducing cardio that incorporates moves from hip hop expertly choreographed to electronic dance music that will pump you up and keep you motivated. This fun team breaks down the moves and adds as it goes so you can follow along the first time. All of the moves are perfectly timed to the beat to keep you on track. Your hips and shoulders will get a major workout with this one.
Hip Hop Twerk Dance Workout (Keaira LaShae)
Try and keep up with Keaira as she teaches you how to twerk while getting your heart rate up. This short dance workout video is intense, getting the job done quickly while learning a new skill. Keaira provides modifications if you need them. Try this one over and over to master the twerk. You’ll hit your lower body and core during this quick video that you’ll want to replay again and again.
3 things to try to get more out of your workout — whatever your starting point
by Hallie Levine, AARP, August 6, 2021
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En español | Maybe you’ve been sedentary for months or have held off on exercise because of the pain in your knees. Or maybe you walk most days of the week but want to up your game a little and tone your arms, too. We’ve gathered tips from fitness gurus on how to beef up your fitness regimen, whether you’re starting from ground zero or seeking some targeted intensity.
Three things to try if you’ve been sedentary
Just walk. Keep it simple initially. Go outside, set a timer for three to five minutes, and when the alarm goes off, head back, says Damien Joyner, a certified personal trainer in San Diego and spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. After a couple of weeks, add a few more minutes. Also, sneak in bits of activity, such as parking at the far end of the lot when you run errands. Experts say these little bits add up and enhance your fitness.
Do some gardening. “People underestimate how much exercise this really is,” Joyner observes. A 140-pound woman who gardens for 30 minutes burns off 159 calories. And some research indicates that working the soil not only lowers BMI but also reduces depression and anxiety.
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Try a wall-assisted workout. You can do push-ups or squats against the wall or use it for stability while you march in place or kick a leg out to the side. “If you know the wall is there, it gives you security and allows you to brace yourself, so you’re not placing the full load on your upper or lower body,” says Len Glassman, a certified personal trainer in Garwood, New Jersey, who works frequently with older clients.
Three exercises to try if you’ve got achy knees
Straight-leg raises. These help strengthen the muscles around your knee area to support the joint itself, explains Pamela Peeke, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Maryland and author of Fit to Live. Lie flat with one knee bent, one leg straight, and raise your straightened leg off the floor. Slowly lift your leg, keeping your knee straight. Lower it; repeat several times with each leg.
Pelvic lift. This is traditionally considered an abdominal exercise, but it requires you to bend your knees, which can help increase the joints’ range of motion, Glassman says. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Flatten your back against the floor and bend your pelvis up slightly. Hold for up to 10 seconds; repeat.
Downward-Facing Dog. This classic yoga move strengthens your whole body without putting too much strain on your knees, Peeke says. Place your hands and knees on the floor. Raise your hips high and keep your arms straight, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Keep your head down and look at the floor. Hold for as long as it seems comfortable.
Three things to try if you’re walking but skipping weights
Lift your arms during your walk. Raising your arms overhead or extending them to your side or front immediately elevates your heart rate and engages your core, Glassman says. If you feel too self-conscious to do that while you walk around the neighborhood, then grip a towel while walking. “If you pull it, you’ll encounter some resistance, which is a great way to ramp up walking.”
Take side steps. You can also boost your walking workout by adding variation. Take three steps to your left, then three to your right, for instance. This helps increase your agility. To make it harder, use a resistance band with your side steps.
Walk with weights. Research shows that people who use 1- to 3-pound hand or wrist weights during aerobic activities like walking burn up to 15 percent more calories than those who don’t. But keep them light, since walking with heavier weights can put stress on your arm and shoulder muscles as well as your wrist and elbow joints. Ideally, try to set your own little workout trail, where you stop at specific points — say, a tree stump — to work in things like box squats, Peeke advises.
Three classes to mix things up
Latin dancing. Breaking out your salsa moves can boost both your heart and brain. “It makes you think quickly on your feet, and it’s fun and exciting,” Glassman says. To wit: Older adults who took an hourlong Latin-dance class twice a week for four months were able to move about 30 seconds faster on a 400-meter walk than those who just enrolled in a health education program, according to a 2016 study published by the American Heart Association.
Physio ball training classes. You know those big bouncy balls you see at your gym? They’re fun, and they’re actually great for older adults. A study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found that older adults could significantly improve muscle activity in their back, stomach and thighs by working with a stability ball for 20 minutes five times a week for eight weeks. The ball forces your body to “use both fast and slow twitch muscles, which are both important for balance and strength,” Glassman explains.
Aqua classes. “People underestimate how challenging these classes can be, but they focus on strength and conditioning, with little to no impact,” Joyner says. A 2018 study published in the medical journal PLOS One, for example, found that seniors who performed water aerobics twice a week for 12 weeks showed gains in upper-body strength, lost fat mass and lowered their blood pressure.
3 Ways to Add in HIIT
Want to add high-intensity interval training into your workout but a little nervous to start? Don’t be. Research from the Mayo Clinic showed that adults older than 65 who did HIIT-style workouts for 12 weeks were able to reverse some of the age-related deterioration of their muscle cells. Here are three easy ways to get started.
Mimic certain HIIT exercises. You can ease your toe into HIIT by modifying certain high-intensity exercises so that you don’t leave the ground. Glassman recommends doing jumping-jack movements with just your arms and a knee bend, for example, or mountain climbers on an incline. From there, try throwing in a few real jumping jacks, followed by several modified ones.
Alternate between fast and slow pedaling on the stationary bike. Go all out for 20 seconds, then drop to a more moderate pace for 40. A 2017 study published in the International Journal of Cardiology found that people with heart disease who did similar intervals on a treadmill improved how quickly their heart rates slowed to normal after exercise.
Add intervals to your walking workout. You can either walk faster or simply walk up hills, Peeke says. Another 2017 study, published in Exercise and Sport Sciences Review, found that walkers who alternated between three minutes of fast walking and three minutes of slow walking for 30 minutes at least four days a week improved their aerobic fitness, leg strength and blood pressure.
Good news for those of you who like to dance around in sleep. Not kidding, my friends. I am referring to the magic of dance workout.
In many gyms, dance workout routines are becoming the in-thing these days. So much so that routine classes are booked months in advance.
There are different slabs or structures in dance workout. Like for instance, there is beginner dance workout, belly dance workout, African dance workout, salsa dance workout, aerobic dance workout, dance fitness workout, dance cardio workout.,etc. And on top of that, there are dance workouts according to the time slots. Such as, 30 minute dance workout, 10 minute dance workout, 30 minute aerobic dance workout, etc.
Irrespective of the nature of dance workout routines, this fun-filled fitness philosophy is here to stay, and big time.
Why Should You Do Dance Workout?
Here are some valid reasons as to why you should steal time out of your busy schedules for doing dance workout in the first place.
1. Low Impact
A dance workout is non-stressful as compared to running, where you end up putting stress on your ankles and joints. Therefore, beginner dance workout allows beginners to start a workout program without worrying over injuries.
For those of you who have just recovered after injury, dance workouts are a great way to start fitness program. And then it lets your body to get back to the level of strength and flexibility it once had.
Also, those affected with bone-related problems can do dance workouts since it will help increase the strength, flexibility, coordination, agility, and muscle tone.
2. All About Fun
An average workout seems repetitive with time. After a while, boredom steps in. So if you have to stay in line with your fitness goals, then doing belly dance workout to workout dance music will help you rediscover the fun quotient.
Dancing means a lot of leg work, and more so when you combine it with dynamic and power moves. And then it forces you to work on speed and coordination by using complex whole-body movements. The total power resulting out of all this leads to a moderate cardio session.
Considering how dance routines are low in impact, and are not so taxing and stressful for your joints, this might be the best way of doing cardio for those who decide to start on fitness for the first time.
What To Include In Dance Workout Routine?
Now that the “why” part is sorted out, let us know about the “how”. Whether you are novice or a fitness professional, here is how to go about dance workouts.
1. Shifting Weight And Balance
Don’t jump straight to complex movements. First, increase your leg strength by shifting your weight slightly between one leg and the other. By doing this, not only does your leg strength increase, it strengthens your joints too.
2. Raising Knees
This puts in more balance and strength as added bonus to strengthening your lower ab.
3. Squats Please
Once you have got enough strength and control in the lower part of your body and your joints as well, start lowering your body more during workouts by including squats.
Introduce Pilates exercises by adding rhythm. This training method is a crossover between traditional exercise and dancing routines.
5. Start With Explosive Movements
After the results begin to show, you will be able to carry out more explosive movements as a result of increased balance and control over your body.
6. Don’t Forget To Play Music
Tune the speed, intensity, and dynamism in movement through workout dance music. Start with lower tempo tracks and then increase the training intensity by changing the music. Keep shifting between various genres and length of sound tracks so as to get enough diversity.
Belly Dance Workout
The beauty of belly dance workout is that it is not just about jiggling your hips; it is an abs workout that sculpts every single muscle in your body.
African Dance Workout
Check out these high intensity African-inspired dance moves to boost your metabolism and deliver faster results.
Salsa Dance Workout
The salsa dance workout is an aerobic workout where your movements are related to the hot style of Salsa, a dance style created specifically for Salsa music.
Let us check out more on dance workout for dummies.
So what is your pick in dance workout? What would you like to try out – belly dance workout, salsa dance workout, aerobic dance workout, dance fitness workout or dance cardio workout? Tell us your choice by commenting below.
After almost a year in quarantine — and experimenting with those living room workouts — chances are you’ve gotten into some sort of workout groove.
But even when you enjoy your workout routine, doing the same thing for months on end (alone in your house) is bound to get stale. Although getting into a routine with your workouts saves time and mitigates the mental effort required to motivate yourself, it’s normal to get bored by something you’re doing over and over again. That’s why I recommend that my clients change it up every once in a while.
If you enjoy what you’re doing and getting your desired results, you don’t want to mix things up too much. (Going from a yoga practice to running can be a shock to the system.) But you can try similar exercises that will introduce some novelty while still tapping into the things you enjoy about your current workout of choice — whether that is the mindfulness of yoga or the heart-pumping action of HIIT.
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Here are some suggested ways to mix up your routine, based off the exercise you currently enjoy.
Into yoga? Try Pilates
Yoga and Pilates both offer stress relief, improved flexibility and increased strength. So if you’re enjoying any of these benefits while doing yoga, try switching it up with Pilates.
I find that my clients are often more energized after a few days of Pilates workouts. And the more energized you feel, the more likely you are to stick with a workout routine.
Similar to yoga, Pilates focuses on syncing breath work with movement. So both are forms of moving meditations. This is one of the many reasons why yogis (and anyone who looks to exercise to quiet their mind and ease stress) enjoy changing up their workouts with Pilates. Unlike yoga, Pilates focuses on single exercises at a time with high repetitions and is focused more on engaging the core; you’ll feel it in your abdominals and may even notice toning results that you haven’t seen with yoga.
Into cardio and strength training? Try Tabata
If your workout routine currently focuses on a combination of cardio and strength training (like running and lifting weights), try mixing up the structure of your workout with Tabata.
Tabata is a type of interval training where you perform 20 seconds of all-out work (think: pushups, mountain climbers or high knees), followed by 10 seconds of rest — and repeat for 8 rounds, for a 4-minute set.
A quick Google search will show plenty of different Tabata-style workouts that you can try at home. Whether you squeeze one in when you have an extra five minutes, or string together multiple sets for a longer workout, you’ll definitely feel the burn!
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Enjoy walking outdoors? Start training for a 5K
Outdoor walks are great for your body and mind, and have been a sanity saver for many of us during the pandemic. Still, taking the same route everyday can get a little boring. If your walking routine is starting to feel like a chore, create a goal! Working towards a 5K, at whatever pace works for you, can be just the motivation you need to reinvigorate your walking plan.
Training for a 5K may seem intimidating, but there are plenty of plans that will gradually ease your body into it. For example, you could try running 1 minute and walking 1 minute for a week. Then up the intervals to 2 minutes running and 4 minutes walking the next.
Even if organized racing isn’t in the cards right now, pick a date for your own 5K. Tell your family and friends so they know to check in on your progress and hold you accountable. Even better, get a friend to join you training (either socially distanced or virtually) and cheer each other on!
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Sick of your cardio? Try dance cardio
Dance cardio has been a trendy workout for a few years, but it’s become even more popular during the pandemic since it is easy to access online and is an equipment-free form of cardiovascular exercise that you can do indoors. If you’ve been running or spinning indoors, but are tiring of the repetition, try getting your heart rate up by moving to your favorite music.
Pick a type of music that gets you pumped up and set a pace that works for you. There are plenty of intensities and modifications that are available in dance cardio, so it’s easy to find a workout that’s tailored to your body and skill level. Find free danc eworkouts on YouTube or Instagram, download a fitness app, or try it on a virtual reality headset like the Oculus.
Dance cardio is a full-body workout that tones your muscles and burns calories, and can even improve coordination. If you’re looking for a form of cardio that adds an element of fun back into your exercise routine, dance cardio is definitely worth a try.
Stephanie Mansour is contributing health and fitness writer for TODAY. She is a certified personal trainer, yoga and Pilates instructor and weight-loss coach for women. She hosts “Step It Up with Steph” on PBS. Join her complimentary health and weight-loss challenge, and follow her on Instagram for daily inspiration.
Here are some tips on how to learn a dance routine quickly when you have to learn a new dance.
This is especially helpful if you need to go to an audition or remember something you have learned in class.
Learn to memorize choreography like a pro so that you will have no more freezing or falling behind the rest of the class.
How To Learn A Dance Routine
Here are some tips to help you to learn a dance routine as quickly as possible, especially if the steps in the routine are unfamiliar to your body or your dance vocabulary.
When the choreographer is going through the movements of the dance routine for the first time slowly, make sure you do the movements flat out. If you mark, the brain won’t remember what your muscles are doing. Try to put as much detail into your movements from the outset for better retention of the routine.
The idea is to use muscle memory. By doing the movements as they should be, your body will remember how each movement should feel, thus making it easier to remember the steps.
Try The Chunking Technique
Chunking is a memorization technique where you learn and memorize something in separate sections, then group the sections together at the end.
Most people use chunking methods to remember things like phone numbers, addresses, and even song lyrics.
If you look at this number 754987209573 for instance. Isn’t it easier to remember if you see it and memorize it like this 754-987-209-573?
In your dance class or audition, the teacher will probably teach the routine in sections already.
But you can chunk the routine into lengths that work for you, whether this means going 1 8-count combo at a time, or separating the piece into 2 halves.
Chunking is a great tool to help you memorize choreography, but sometimes, you can get stuck between those chunks.
It doesn’t matter how well you know each chunk, you also have to make sure you’re connecting them together seamlessly. Here’s how.
Connect The Chunks
There’s a trick to connect those chunks of dance choreography.
The way to do this is to practice the few movements just before and after a chunk. In this way, you know what leads into which chunk of the steps you are memorizing.
So while drilling, add the small part just before your chosen chunk followed by the step that follows your chosen chunk, so that you can tie it in later.
Although dance choreography is mostly taught 8 counts at a time, sometimes it helps to learn something according to sounds in the music, especially if the music is difficult to count. So you don’t need to go according to counts, you can overlap and blend the movements because after all, the end result will be just the one dance.
Use The Music To Help You
As I mentioned above, use certain sounds or beats in the music to associate a movement with. Because choreographers normally choreograph to the music, there are always things in the music that will help you to remember the choreography.
Really listen to the music, as certain nuances in the music will also help you to interpret the dance, and listening to the underlying currents can dramatically help you to improve your musicality.
Try to always understand the piece that you are dancing to, and in this way, you will also show more artistry in your dancing.
Name The Movements For Yourself
If there are strange steps in the choreography, what do the steps remind you of? For example, if you are hunching over and ball changing, you could call that an ‘old man step’ or if you are pushing down with your arms you could name that “push the stick into the ground’ or something similar so that your brain remembers what to do.
You could also try talking the steps through to yourself as you do them instead of counting for example ‘left, dip, look, hip dip.’
Try Using Sounds
Unlike naming your movements, using sounds can help your body to remember what it is doing.
Try things like whoosh, snap, glide, and freeze for example.
Or imitating the music also helps as you can say rat a tat for example on a fast piece that you need to get a lot of movements into.
Using obscure sounds also helps. Don’t worry how silly they sound, because by doing these things you are building your own version of the dance that makes sense to you. The dance routine will thus feel more natural to you and it will be easier for you to remember.
Similar to sounds, breathing can help too.
For instance, if you go from a fast sequence into a slow one, you can breathe through it to make the energy look right. In parts of the choreography that are more relaxed, using your breathing while counting it out helps a lot and helps you to remember to breathe so you don’t run out of energy.
Learn The Names Of The Steps If Possible
It helps to know the names of each step, then you can learn the sequence of steps in your head by just repeating the name of the steps in the order that they come.
This is not always possible with new choreography, but it is normally very doable in ballet.
If there is no name for the step, try making up your own memorable one that makes sense for you.
Always video the dance sequence, as looking back at the video is an excellent way to recap and also teach yourself any steps you have forgotten.
Try to video the routine from the back as well as it is easier to copy and you won’t need to turn the steps around like you would if watching the video from the front.
Carry A Notebook
I find that writing notes helps me a lot. They don’t make any sense to anybody else excepting me, but this helps me to consolidate the steps in my mind. I also draw stick figures if I can’t write the step down in words.
Drill, Drill, and Drill Some More
Repetition by drilling the sections over and over again gets the movements into your muscle memory. Eventually, your body will start to do the sequence on autopilot.
So if you get a freeze in your brain, then your body can simply take over for you.
It also helps to watch a dance over and over too. Record the teacher or choreographer doing the movements and let your eyes and minds absorb it.
Here is a helpful video on how to learn a dance routine made by Steezy which is an app you can add to your phone.
Benefits of Adding Dancing to Your Daily Routine
Benefits of Adding Dancing to Your Daily Routine : In the fast-paced world of today, our busy lifestyles don’t let us do anything special to stay fit and healthy. We usually follow a typical routine of eating, going to work or school, eating again, entertaining ourselves and sleeping. The maximum thing we do to entertain ourselves is watch Netflix or go out to eat.
According to studies, one quarter of the global population does not involve themselves in physical activities. Weight gain, obesity, weakness are consequences we face when we ignore exercising.
Most people are not sure of which physical activity to choose when they finally decide to get off the couch! One of the best ways of working out is to dance your way to optimal health — yes, dancing is also an exercise! If you are not sure what are the advantages of adding dancing to your daily routine, read on to find out.
Full Body Workout
Dancing is a great workout for your whole body as it requires different body parts to move in rhythm. Research indicates that dancing is good for your heart as well because it strengthens the cardiovascular muscles. Dancing assists you with your balance and coordination as you need these to perform dance moves. It also circulates blood all over the body, so you feel energized from head to toe!
Being the only exercise with an artistic element, dancing also serves as a kind of self-expression. You usually look at a dance move with your unique perspective and attempt it with your own feelings and thoughts. Thus, you own a dance move and express it your own way. Self-expression through dancing is also a type of therapy.
Dance workouts integrate your physical and emotional self, so it has the ability to heal you. While dancing, you become aware of how you feel and how your body feels at that particular time. So you become more present and self-aware when dancing. Release negative emotions or stress through it.
When you dance, you use your brain to control your body. As you coax your body to master the dance moves, your brain attempts to stay on top and learn them all. Your brain also has to store all the dance routines you mastered previously and this stimulates it even more. According to research, dancing fuels your mind and body to remain active, younger and more alert. Dancing makes you utilize several cerebral functions simultaneously which boosts the connectivity of your neurons.
Join dancing classes to learn or improve dancing skills helps you meet and engage with a lot of people. You get to talk spend time with others and may also make many new friends. Every single person attending the class has one thing in common, which is of course dancing. Moreover, when performing dance workouts that involve synchronized moves, you can help each other out. So, dancing promotes socializing and is a good way to overcome shyness and gain confidence.
Did we mention that dancing is fun? It is an activity that totally refreshes and boosts your mood. There are many types of dance moves to complement your feelings on a particular day. In fact, some people have successfully cheered themselves on a gloomy day by dancing to their favorite tunes. So just put on some great music every day and dance your way to happiness!
Physical activities must be a part of our daily lives because it keeps our minds fresh, active and we feel energetic. Once you get the habit of physical activities, you won’t feel lazy and can perform your tasks well and quickly. It helps you study, work, and think better.
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With our daily lives keeping us occupied throughout the day, consistently managing fitness into our routines can be tough. I know for a fact that it can get a bit overwhelming at times having experienced it myself.
Running my own business and being too occupied in my own routine took its toll on me. I neglected and ignored what my body was telling me and I ended up regretting not paying attention to what my body was telling me. I was at a point in my life where I was not really happy with my own body and it made me very comfortable.
Do you feel the same way? Are your daily responsibilities making it difficult to not factor in exercise? Do you want to turn your life around and adopt a daily fitness routine that you can follow and stick to everyday?
This realization is everything. I had the same sense of self-awareness overcome me before I put my foot down and dedicated myself to making a change. And trust me, this is not just a physical change that I am talking about, but a mental one as well. I felt good about my body, the way I looked and most importantly, myself.
How did I do it?
Before I let you know of everything I did to bring this change into my life let me tell you an additional secret which really helped me to turn my life around. The secret is to keep it pretty SIMPLE – focus on the word SIMPLE for a minute.
By adopting small and simple changes, I was able to make a daily fitness routine a part of my daily life and it transformed me into the person I am today and it motivated me to help others bring about the same change into their lives – that is why I started this program in the first place.
Change 1 – Make Working Out A Priority
One of the first changes that really helped me make a daily fitness routine a part of my life was to realize that I had to make working out a priority in my life. There are many women who come to me with this problem that with their daily life commitments, they have to put relegate exercise in the background – sort of like something they do whenever they get the chance. I was guilty of doing this do.
However, I was wrong to do that. And changing this part of my life really turned things around for me. I think it has more to do with the realization of this that really motivated me. I assessed and gave importance to the things that mattered to me and it really helped me turn things around for the better and I learned to focus on myself.
Change 2 – Adjust My Daily Routine
Another thing I had to change to make a daily exercise routine work for me is that I made the changes necessary to fit in workouts into my daily life. And you need to do the same. If you know that you’re not doing to get time to work out in the evening and your commitments are not going to allow you to do that than you are aware of a time of day, that doesn’t work for you.
You can try waking up an hour or more earlier. You can start doing morning workouts to start off the day and truthfully it gets your blood pumping and energized before you start your morning routine. If you are unable to work out in the morning then you need to block time out for yourself during the evening or during your lunch hour.
The idea is to prioritize, make time and stick to your commitments.
Change 3 – Find Someone With Same Fitness Goals As You
When I started off I really thought that going solo maybe my best option for getting where I wanted to be physically. However, over the years, working with other women has made me realize that two is always better than one and the more the merrier.
Sharing your fitness goals with someone is really something. You start on a journey with someone, you reach your goals, milestones together which is really something beautiful. It’s an incredible accomplishment that you share together.
By doing this you’re increasing your motivation to adopt a daily exercise routine. You don’t want to miss out, you want to be kept accountable and stick to your goals. Having a buddy to share your fitness journey can help do that for you.
Being part of a community and having someone to share your journey with really does help to bring positivity and an added sense of motivation. Just take a look at our community page and see some of our success stories.
By making these small and simple changes in my life I was able to turn things around for me. I prioritized, made time and really put my focus in where it was necessary along with my daily commitments to make time for me and you can do the same.
Your mental and physical health is important, so make sure that you remember to do the things that your body needs to stay fit and happy.