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    24 Clever Tips To Get In Shape That Lazy People Will Appreciate

    Seriously simple hacks that will get you in shape at your own pace.

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    Getting in shape is tough tbh.


    But we're here to tell you that there are simple tricks you can do to change your fitness habits and make exercise less intimidating.

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    BuzzFeed Life spoke with Jessi Kneeland, personal trainer and founder of ReModel Fitness, and Will Lanier, NYC Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, who both said the key to getting fit is to find a way to actually enjoy exercising. While that may seem impossible, they offered simple, yet genius tricks that will get you to love working out in no time.Here's how to make that happen.

    1. Don't even think about the workout part until you've created a habit of setting aside time every day.

    2. Go on walks during long phone conversations.

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    "When you know you're going to be talking to your mom for a long time, or your friend, take that time to go on a walk," Kneeland says. "It's a mindless and easy way to get an hour of exercise in during a time that you'd be doing nothing anyway."

    3. Fuel up on simple carbs 30 minutes before you work out.

    4. Keep a workout calendar and track your progress.

    5. If you don't want to leave your couch, then don't.

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    You don't need to leave your house – or your couch – to get a solid workout in. There are many accessible exercises and home workouts you can do from your living room, that won't require you to make the commute to the gym.

    Here are 18 Youtube channels to follow for awesome workouts you can do in the comfort of your home.

    6. Create a couple of awesome pump up playlists filled with 'tunnel' songs.

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    Research has found that music can actually change the way people respond to fatigue, even during endurance exhausting activities like running. So take the time to create a few playlists filled with 'tunnel' songs – songs that athletes play when they're walking out of the tunnel on to the field – that you know will get you going, and plug in your earphones every time you need the extra push.

    Here are 17 music hacks that will get you a better workout.

    7. Try to do just 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups everyday, even if they aren't consecutive. / Via

    "A lot of people have this 'it has to be all or nothing' mentality in their head," Kneeland says. "That's absolutely not true. If you do just 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups a day it will help build up your strength and endurance so that you'll be easily doing more in no time."

    Here are some other body weight exercises you can do if you get tired of push-ups and sit-ups.

    8. Follow some awesome people on social media that will inspire you to get active.

    9. Pack your workout clothes at the same time you pack your lunch the night before.

    10. Power down all your technology an hour before the time you want to go to sleep.

    "Put your phone and computer away an hour before you want to go to sleep," Kneeland says. "It's really hard to do and I struggle with it all the time. But it will really help you get more sleep, which is important for getting in shape."

    Kneeland suggests getting better sleep by creating a routine you do every night before going to bed, so that your body is wired to go to bed at a certain time.

    11. And invest in a sleep mask.

    12. Don't force yourself to do something you hate.

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    "If you hate running, don't do it," Kneeland says. "Don't do something that makes you miserable. It will only make you hate exercise that much more and you won't ever want to do it."

    Instead of forcing yourself to get on the treadmill twice a week, try doing something you actually enjoy like joining a sports team, going on a hike, or taking your dog on more regular walks. If you actually have a good time while you're exercising, your brain will associate the activity with positive thoughts and make you more likely to do it again in the future.

    13. Make sure you buy the right shoes for your feet and not just what looks coolest.

    Wearing the right shoes can be the difference between an enjoyable workout and a painful one. When you're shoe shopping keep in mind that different shoes are better for different activities and that the type of shoe you get is going to depend on a lot of things including how much cushion you like, how your feet pronate, and how much stability you need.

    If you're looking for a good running shoe – whether you're a beginner or more advanced – take our quiz here to find what model will best suit you.

    14. Work out for a cause you're passionate about.

    15. Do your research and go into every workout with a plan.

    16. Drink green tea or coffee throughout the day.

    17. Buy workout clothes that you love wearing.

    18. Practice positive self-talk and seriously be kinder to yourself.

    19. Keep your expectations realistic and go at your own pace.

    20. Don't be intimidated of the weights section of the gym.

    21. When you get tired just concentrate on keeping your body moving.

    22. Stop focusing on how long your workouts are.

    23. Always take rest days throughout the week.

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    Kneeland says to make sure you take recovery time when you need it. Everyone needs some time off, even high performance athletes, and that’s because your body requires time to repair the muscles, joints, and tendons, you strained during your workout.

    Taking time to recover will not only decrease your risk of injury, but it will also allow your body to build fitness and make even further progress in future workouts.

    24. If you have a choice, choose the more active option.

    If you have the opportunity, try to do simple things like take the stairs, run to the gym, or get up and turn the TV off yourself instead of asking your roommate to do it. While these things may seem small and inconsequential, they'll actually help your body get in the habit of being more active.

    Getting in shape and leading a more active lifestyle is totally possible. Start with the baby steps... and soon enough you'll get there!

    You got this! 👊💢