Assault Your SensesYou can't possibly get bored on the treadmill when you're watching trashy TV, chatting with your beaux on the phone, listening to your fave jam, or reading WH.
One activity not enough? Combine forces for extra stimulation.
Start SlowlyIf you start an exercise routine too fast, it's easy to get discouraged—or end up with a dumbbell on your toe.
But if you start off exercising slowly, and then gradually add difficulty to your workout, you'll feel challenged, not defeated. That's much more motivating.
Keep TrackBy writing down your daily workouts (how long you run, how much you lift), you can literally see your progress on the page—often before it shows on your body.
Plus, you won't have to play guessing games with the equipment every time you hit the gym, ensuring you the best sweat possible.
Wear the Right GearNot only does the newest workout apparel make you look pretty damn good, it can battle blisters, wick away moisture, and keep you feeling perky. All that makes for a better workout.
Don't OvertrainIt's important to stay committed to working out regularly, but if you are hitting the gym for hours every day, you might be overtraining.
When you exercise, you create tiny tears in your muscles. When they build back up, you add muscle mass and strength. But that's not possible without adequate recovery time between tough workouts.
The cure? Take a step back from your schedule or create a rotation of muscle groups to work on throughout the week. That way, you can work out every day while still giving your body a rest.
Set Mini GoalsDropping 20 pounds or running a 10K can be daunting, but when we set mini goals, we make progress more attainable. Try to lose five pounds or clock in 30 minutes on the treadmill; then go from there.
Accomplishing our goals keeps us moving forward and challenging ourselves to meet even bigger ones in the future—like that marathon.
Reward YourselfCelebrate your victories with healthy treats. Instead of going out for dinner, go out dancing. Instead of buying a new TV, buy a new elliptical.
Find a FriendFor some, working out alone can be as daunting as a yearly pap. Try exercising with a workout partner who will keep you committed and not let you cut corners.
Some women also like to chart and discuss their progress with their exercise partner. Whether your set-up is relaxed or structured, a friend can bring support and accountability to any workout plan.