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27 Tips That Will Make Working Out So Much Better

Don't let 'em sneak up on you.

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they wish they had known before they started working out.

Here are some of their words of advice.

2. Your non-scale victories should be celebrated...

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"I've found that the things that excite me the most are the little things — like an old pair of jeans fitting, or willingly choosing the healthy option instead of the more convenient one. Progress is progress, whether it's losing those 30 pounds or feeling like your workout didn't totally kick your ass that day!"



5. Set your own standard for what being ~fit~ actually means.

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"Fitness comes in a lot of shapes and sizes. Don't judge yourself by the standards pop culture has set out there for you."

—John Robert Lindsey, Facebook


10. Heck, you might love the machines but discover that a mix of cardio and free weights is better suited to your goals.


"Now I do hard-style kettlebells, a stretching and balance class, and Zumba for cardio. I am 69 and in better shape than I was 30 years ago."


11. So it's important to find what's right for you. / Via

"I spent three years of my life running with strapped-up knees before I realized, 'Hey, I'm going to swim instead.' It's certainly been one of my better decisions."

—Aiden Heeley-Hill, Facebook


13. Sometimes you'll have to dig deep.

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"Because even though it hurts right now, you have it in you. Trust in your body to carry you further than you thought you could go."

—Jennifer Tang, Facebook


16. Don't try to match or one-up other people.

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"You aren't always going to be able to lift the same weights or run as far as other people. Build a workout that's safe for you and your level, and accept that everyone's different."


18. Because perfect form is priority #1.

"I thought that because I had done research on the poses and knew more or less how the equipment worked that I would be okay, but I gave myself some repetitive strain problems by overloading certain muscles due to bad form."

—Edit Kyle, Facebook


20. And sometimes you might not make it to the gym at all.

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"If you have an off day, it doesn't mean you're a failure. Congratulate yourself that you've stuck to your goal for that long and keep going as soon as you can."


21. Stretching might be totally necessary to feeling good after a workout.

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"Be sure to stretch after an intense workout, especially after running or cycling. I didn't realize this and now my hip flexors are super tight and it's difficult to do certain exercises, like squats, with proper form."

—Kaitlyn Nicole, Facebook


25. Beware of the protein farts.

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"No one told me when I started lifting weights and requiring more protein that I would be able to produce mustard gas at the most inconvenient times. Don't buy cheap protein powder, people; the higher quality, the better."


26. Learn the difference between muscle soreness and an injury.

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"If something doesn't feel right, listen to your body. About a week into working out with a great trainer, I moved wrong and hurt my leg. Because I didn’t say anything and just tried to ignore the pain through the rest of the workout, I ended up with a torn ligament that took a very long time to heal and still gives me trouble from time to time three years later."


Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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