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Jun 14, 2015

17 Fitness Tips That Will Actually Make You Psyched To Work Out

Insightful fitness gems from people who do this for a living.

1. Stop doing so much cardio.

2. Step off the scale.

3. Be harder on your body but easier on your self-image.

"Our bodies can handle WAY more than we usually ask of 'em but our self-image can use a little pampering."

Rob Sulaver, C.S.C.S., founder of Bandana Training

4. Start doing anything. Just make sure you like it.

5. Fall in love with exercise that changes your mood and your life, not just your body.

6. Whatever you're doing for exercise, Switch. It. Up.

7. Get massages regularly.

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"Get a deep-tissue massage at least every two weeks to every month. This will enhance your recovery, your performance, and decrease your chance of an injury."

—John Henwood, founder of TheRUN

8. Make sure your workouts actually make you work.

9. Set small, attainable goals you can reach along the way.

10. But have one goal that kind of terrifies you.

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"I think everyone should have a goal that slightly terrifies them. It sounds crazy, but if you pick something that is easy it won't change you. If you set your mind on something that is so big it will take something you have never done before to get there then THAT is something that will not only change you, but most likely inspire others as well."

These are that challenges where we truly see how strong we are."

—Dyan Tsiumis, SWERVE

11. Try something new and own being a beginner.

12. Take #beastmode down a notch.

13. Take rest and recovery seriously.

14. Know that if something sounds too good to be true it definitely is.

"Any program, book, article, or trainer who promises results in X number of days (the smaller the number, the more skeptical you should be)' should raise any number of red flags. If someone is going to promise you you'll lose two dress sizes in a week or add 10 pounds of muscle mass in 10 days, they might as well say something equally as unrealistic as 'and we'll all be driving magical unicorns to work tomorrow!'"

Is it possible to shrink two dress sizes in a week? Sure. But there's no shot it will last long-term; and any protocol or modality it took to achieve that is nothing more than a Band-Aid fix. Real results will only manifest once someone changes their habits."

Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S., co-founder Cressey Sports Performance

15. Don't just go through the motions; actually learn about what you're doing for diet and exercise.

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"Make a strong commitment to learning the technique of everything. Do some research, be strategic, and apply yourself to learning excellent technique of movements, eating, and recovery."

Holly Perkins, women's strength training expert and author of Lift to Get Lean and the founder of Women's Strength Nation

16. Pratice mindfulness.

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"Getting in shape is all about mind over matter. Begin a mindfulness practice that trains you to pay attention in specific ways to the sensations in your body, the thoughts and emotions in your mind, your movement (exercise as well as how you use yourself daily from how you walk upstairs), and finally what and how you eat, and how these things are related."

In order to maintain a balanced or healthy body, it's important to take a holistic approach for lasting transformation and pay attention to all these things."

Working out is just a tiny fraction of 'getting in shape.'"

Crystal McCreary, vinyasa yoga instructor at Harlem Yoga Studio and in NYC public schools.

17. Stop beating yourself up.

"Focus on what you DID do and then keep going. Spending any time with negative self-banter is counterproductive and a huge waste of time and energy."

—Bethany Lyons, co-founder of Lyons Den Power Yoga

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