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How to Stay Motivated and Moving While Staying At-Home 

Sticking with a workout routine can be tough, especially when you have to do it from home…

Every. Single. Day.

The lure of the couch, the fridge and Netflix can be distracting and oh-so tempting. How is one supposed to resist the temptation to just chill out?

Switching up your at-home workouts is a great way to keep yourself engaged and motivated. There’s a lot more you can do on a treadmill than simply run a certain distance or for a certain amount of time.

To save you from having to put together a fun and diverse workout schedule, we’ve done it for you.

Keep reading for a variety of workouts that includes twisting, climbing and facing the gauntlet!

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Smart Tips to Keep Your Goals on Track 

RunnerDid you start January filled with shiny new resolutions to finally achieve your dream body?

But then, as the weeks slugged by you started to find excuses to cheat.  Your diet went off track.  That daily run on your treadmill suddenly took up too much time.  Your routine started to slacken, and one day, you realized it was the end of the first month and you’d already failed.

Yup… it’s a common problem.

We start out each New Year with optimistic health goals, but within weeks we’re back to our same old lazy ways.  Well, it doesn’t have to be like this anymore!

We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions once and for all!

Make It About You –

We know everyone has New Year’s resolutions and everyone wants to talk about them, but it’s not a competition. Your resolutions are for you to better your life and yours alone. Just because the person that sits next to you at work said they’re going to cure world hunger, doesn’t mean your goals aren’t lofty enough.

Keep It Short And Simple –

Your list doesn’t have to have a ton of things on it to make it worthwhile. In fact, for success it’s better to have fewer goals on the list. When you have less things you feel like you need to accomplish it’s easier to focus on them and get them done.

It’s like any to-do list you make for yourself. When you only have three things on there you are ready to get them done. When it’s a page long, it’s daunting, and you already feel discouraged with the thought of not being able to get it done.

Make Multi-Linked Goals –

This just means that instead of writing down one goal that takes many different things to accomplish, make each of those things a sub-goal. For instance, if one of your goals is to run a marathon, break it down.

Make different levels of your training into their own individual accomplishment. Getting your time down by a certain amount could be a goal. Running a 5K as prep could be another.

This way you are getting closer to your main goal, but you are able to see the progress you are making along the way.

SMART Goals –

This is a concept that’s important to keep in mind when you are setting your resolutions. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

Keep these things in mind when you add something to your list. If it doesn’t fit all of the criteria, you may just want to modify it a little bit. It doesn’t mean you have to scrap the idea all together, you’re just setting yourself up for success when you’re setting SMART goals.

Make Time In Your Routine –

This is a big one. We are all guilty of making excuses for why we aren’t doing the things to stick with our resolutions. The easiest one to throw out there is, “I don’t have time!”

An easy way to avoid this is to put it in your schedule. Don’t leave it to chance. Schedule it for the same time everyday so you know that’s what you’re going to be doing at that time.

Research shows it takes 66 days for something to become a habit. When you’re talking about your New Year’s resolutions, that’s only about two months. Once you reach that point, the next ten months will have you sailing toward your goals with no excuses.

Measure Your Progress –

This can go hand-in-hand with your scheduling. Make milestones or set target dates in your schedule. Success even in small doses is powerful motivation, it’s backed by science. When you achieve success, your brain releases dopamine which makes you feel happy.

Motivation –

We’re talking about the motivation behind your resolutions.  Why did you pick the ones that you did? For instance, do you want to lose weight to help prevent heart disease? Are you wanting to eat healthy to improve your cholesterol?

As time passes and things get busy it can be easy to lose sight of why you set those particular resolutions in the first place. Remind yourself. Keeping the motivation behind your choices in mind can really help you better stick to your plan.

Stay Motivated –

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This may sound like we’re about to repeat ourselves, but stick with us. Now we’re talking about day-to-day motivation to get up and get working. There are a lot of ways to do this, but we’ll just touch on a few tried and true methods.

Agree to work out with a friend or join a local group. When you are held accountable to others, you’re much more likely to show up. Dragging yourself out of bed at six in the morning for a run may not be so appealing. But if you know someone is waiting for you, you don’t want to be the one that doesn’t show up.

You can also join a Facebook group or a group on your favorite fitness app. This gives you a chance to share your experiences and your triumphs. This is a powerful form of motivation, not just for you but for the others in the group. You’ll be seeing your success and have others cheering you on to keep pushing for that next milestone.

Reward Yourself –

Positive reinforcement is super important. When you reach those milestones that you put in your schedule, treat yourself to a little something.

Don’t Get Discouraged –

This may just be the most important key to the whole deal. We all slip and we all miss days, but it doesn’t discount all of the progress that you’ve made. There’s no shame because you missed a day or two at the gym…or even a week. Just get back up and keep going. You’ll feel better for it in the long run because you didn’t give up.

We know that New Year’s resolutions may not be the most exciting thing when March rolls around and the shine wears off. However, keep this tips in mind as the weeks go by and you’ll be ready for new, exciting resolutions next year.

How To Get The Most Out of Short 40 Minute Run Session

Let’s face it. Working out in the morning can just be hard.

It’s dark… your bed is comfy… and it’s just so easy to hit the snooze button.

We’ve all been there.

Maybe you tell yourself you’ll work out after work instead…

But then life happens and you have errands to run and dinner plans get made.

So you tell yourself you’ll work out the next morning…

But then. But then. But then!

It’s a vicious cycle.

Lucky for you, there’s a perfect little pocket of time right in the middle of your day that may just be the solution to your problem.

Maybe your lunch break is the time you should use for your workout.

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Plus Tips to Pick the Right Type of Shoe 

Running for exercise requires very little equipment.  A reliable treadmill, a pair of good running shoes, and a healthy dose of motivation will keep you going mile after mile! 

Shoes may seem like a simple thing, but they are still very important.  The wrong pair of running sneakers – or ones that are worn out – can cause a wide range of problems and injuries.

Your running shoes do a lot more than cushion your feet from a rough trail or your treadmill’s surface.  They provide the entire foundation and support system to keep your body moving in perfect rhythm.

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There’s No Reason Kids Should Hold You Back From Running

Cynthia Arnold running a marathon with her three children in a stroller.

For most of us, running is a lifestyle… not just an occasional hobby.

So, when your life takes a sudden drastic turn – say, by having kids – there’s no reason your running lifestyle can’t continue. 

Sure, kids take up a lot of time and energy. But that doesn’t mean you have to curb your love of running. If you need a little extra inspiration to start running with your kids in tow, just take a look at famed stroller-runner Cynthia Arnold.

As a new mother, Cynthia may just be the motivation you need to train for your next run… stroller running and all!

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Surprising Research Results Reveal the Dangers of Exercise When Angry

Have you ever felt like you needed to “blow off some steam” at the gym?

Your day was frustrating, your boss was on your back, and the parking ticket on your car just threw you into a blind rage.

So you headed to the gym, full of anger, and decided to pump some iron, beat on a punching bag, or run on the treadmill until you drop.

Yup… we’ve all been there.

It’s common for people to use exercise as a way to cope with anger.  But a recent study shows this might not be the best idea.

It can actually put your health at great risk.  How?  Well, let’s dive into the research…

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Should You Start Training For A 5K Today?

These days, it seems everyone is training for either a half marathon or full marathon. We see 13.1 and 26.2 stickers gracing the bumpers of cars on the highway. And social media is full of triumphant photos of your friends crossing finish lines – hands in the air and smiling exhaustion painted on their faces.

It seems like the thing to do.  But maybe there’s a better race out there?

Now, don’t get us wrong here. The half marathon and marathon are great races to try.  It is extremely rewarding to achieve such a big goal.

But you don’t need to be working towards these particular distances just to earn membership to the cool kids running club.  In fact, the 5K – just 3.1 miles – has a lot of really great perks.

So, open your mind.  And let’s look at some of the reasons why your next race should be that little gem… a 5K.

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Running Apps to Take Your Treadmill Workouts to the Next Level

There is absolutely no reason why your treadmill workout should be boring. 

In fact, manufacturers are working hard (and spending lots of money) to design innovative programs to keep you motivated and performing at your very best. We’ve actually seen this first hand on our visits to some of the top equipment company headquarters.

Many of the treadmills we’re seeing from top manufacturers like NordicTrack, Sole, Horizon, and ProForm have interactive technology built right into the consoles.  Programs like Bowflex’s RunSocial even allow you to run virtually with a friend half way around the world!

Now, just in case all of these programs aren’t quite enough… we’ve compiled this list of apps that will help take your treadmill workouts to the next level.  Download these programs onto your smart device and you’ll be drenched in sweat in no time flat!

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