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5 ways to get the upper hand on your 2020 fitness goals

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January is the time that everyone is thinking about getting healthier and losing weight. What new fitness goals do you have for 2020? I am often asked for tips to getting a jump on goals. Here are some tips on how to get ahead of the curve on your 2020 fitness season.

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Personalize your workout clothes.

Do not be afraid to be yourself in your workout clothes. If you think of the outfits that you wear the most, your workout clothes should be in the top three. If you have new fitness goals, you will be spending a lot of time in your workout clothes. Don't be afraid to personalize them and add colors. Make sure that they are appropriate for the activity that you are doing and that everything fits right. You will be suprised at the difference this will make in your attitude towards your workout.

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Replace old running shoes with new ones.

People who are new to fitness often miss the importance of this one. Shoes wear down and go bad over time. Even if they are not being used as often as you think, the material that the shoes is made of goes bad. It makes me cringe when I ask someone when was the last time that they got new shoes and they reply with 5 years. YIKES! It is time to replace the shoes. Your whole body will thank you for it.

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Get an accountability partner.

I do not know many people who are so disciplined that they can do everything alone. Even if you are, who wants to? That is no way to live. An accountability partner is a perfect workout complement who can keep you on track and can help you step up your game and set higher goals. Do not be surprised if you see your goals achieved much faster. Just chose wisely.

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Keep track of your metrics.

I do not care how you do it. You can invest in a pencil and a notebook labeled workouts, download an app, or buy a device like a FitBit that keeps track of all that, just keep track of something. Honestly, i say do it all. I have found some books of my workout notes in my closets in the past and have found them useful. It would be useful to track sleep while you are sleeping though.

Cross train with your running.

Choosing one or two more exercises helps with so much. You do not get bored. Choosing an activity that helps develop a different muscle group or skill like yoga for flexibility, strength training, and boxing for cardio and balance. Either way, it keeps it interesting and you get to meet a different set of people with different interest than your runner friends.

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Start taking supplements.

Maybe you are still young and can get revved up naturally. However, if you are anything like me and need a little help, a supplement is just the thing that your need to get going and see some results. Confused with all the choices? Start with a multivitamin. This will give you some energy and is the building block of all other supplements. It will keep you from being sick from gym born illnesses like the flu. Next to add, are fish oil pills, calcium pyruvate, and alpha lipoid acid are a great combo. That is not even getting into creatine and all that.

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If you're already bored of being at home, and your couch is sunken in from binge watching all the shows you had on your must watchlist… then we're in the same boat. I know exercising isn't always the most fun thing to do, but when you are sick of being cooped up inside, we've got to get creative on how to get up and get our bodies moving. So here is a strength and conditioning workout that you can try, tips, pictures and modifications included, and no equipment needed.

Me personally, when I'm working out, I'm not a huge fan of timed interval workouts, (the 45 seconds of work, 10 second rest ones). I'm more a fan of at your own pace/goal achieved workouts, where you write it out, it's usually in a certain number of rounds or blocks, get to it, knock it out and then it's over.

Today's workout is going to consist of a quick warm up, 1 circuit round with an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) to finish.

(See photos below for instructions).

Warm up:

Windmill Twist (10 each side)

Inchworms (10) *Challenge- add push up once you are fully extended in plank

Bicycles (20 each leg) *Tip- try and get your shoulder to your knee, not your elbow. Keep your elbow back.

Round 1:

-3 rounds

Pushup series (5 each side) *Modify: Drop to knees when doing push-ups

Double Lunges (10 each side) *Tip: make sure to push off when lunging back from your forward lunge. Challenge- If you have weights, grab and hold at your sides or at chest.

Wipers (10 each side) *Modify: bend knees when dropping to each side. Challenge- Add hip thrust in the middle between each drop.

Squat + Rotation (10 each side) *Tip: Make sure body weight stays in your heels when squatting & you use your hamstrings to bring you up from the squat, NOT your knees! Challenge- If you have any weights or heavy objects, grab and hold in the center of your chest while you squat and rotate.

AMRAP for 15 min:

Shoulder Taps (10 each side) *Modify: Drop to knees when doing shoulder taps. Make sure hips stay squared to the floor, try not to turn them.

Skaters (10 each side) *Modify: step instead of hop, reach out instead of down to your toe.

Half Burpees (10) *Modify: Step instead of jump. Tip- stay in a squat when you come up from plank, no jump like a full burpee.

Full Body Sit Ups (10) *Modify: Crunch up to the ceiling instead of reaching your toes. Challenge- Grab a weight or heavy object, hold at chest and press up with hands after full sit body up.


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