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Creating a Workout Routine

I’m pretty sure almost all of us are constantly saying “I need to start working out”. I know Kody and I say it to each other often! The problem is, some of us don’t really know how to do it. If we can’t afford a gym membership, then what?

If we do have a gym membership, what do we do there? All of the equipment is useless if we don’t know what to do when we get there.

So, let’s fix the problem! Let’s create a workout routine that’s doable!

If you’re going to begin working out, the number one thing is to start drinking more water. You’re going to sweat, a lot. Don’t let yourself become dehydrated! Don’t forget to stretch! Stretching before and after can help to prevent muscle injury and soreness.

Now, you need to decide how often you want to workout. If it’s been a while, every day isn’t suggested. You can burn out QUICK. I personally suggest a 3 day/rest day schedule. Workout for 3 days, then take a rest day. You may be a little stiff on your rest day, but I promise it’ll help keep you motivated knowing you’ve got a day to fill that time slot with something more relaxing.

If you’ve got a gym membership, now is the time to look for ideas. Are you wanting to do cardio? Strength training? Are you trying to lose, maintain, or gain weight? These are all things to take into account. Once you’ve figured out what your goal is, you can start looking up routines that other people have used for the same reasons! Pinterest and Google are awesome resources.

I suggest making sure you have a warm-up, workout, and then a cool down. Your body responds better when you give it room to adjust to each stage.

If you don’t have a gym membership, there are still things you can do! Youtube has a huge selection of guided home workouts! My personal favorites are the yoga videos.

You can also try going on walks, jogging or running at a local park. Some high schools even allow the public to use their tracks!

You can even go old school! Do jumping jacks, push-ups, crunches. Any workout is a good workout.

Do you have a workout routine? Share it with me!

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