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This week’s video is going to hit home for a lot of people. One reason so many people hate exercise is because they can’t get past that first 20 minutes of their solo workout. Either it’s too difficult, painful, or boring. Let’s see what we can do about that!
Watch the video here:
The 20-Minute Solo Workout Push:
1. Do a fitness class: If you KNOW you don’t have the mental toughness (yet) to push through the first 20 minutes of your solo workouts, workout classes will help you. A lot of people lose track of time in a group fitness setting because they are busy following the instructor’s lead or just having a good time. This is why group fitness may be a good starting point for anyone who has had trouble in the past with getting past 20 minutes in a solo workout and actually feeling good about it.
2. Warm up: The first 5-10 minutes of ANY workout should be a warm up. I don’t care who you think you are. This DOES NOT mean static stretching (save it for your cool down, if at all). You can limber up by doing the same activity you would already be doing, but at a much lower intensity and speed. This is going to help you prevent injuries. So, it’s important to realize that a small chunk of the first 20 minutes of your workout is for warming up and *IS* easier.
3. Turn on the music: Believe it or not, you don’t have to listen to the groovy tunes your gym provides over the intercom system. You can listen to what you want to when you workout! High tempo tunes will keep your body moving and grooving (is that too cheesy?). Get a nice playlist selection of popular current music and mix in some old favorites. That’s my best tip for playlists. This way, you’ll always be slightly surprised by the music and want to keep going just because the music is so good.
4. Do intervals: The biggest benefit of interval training is for increasing your endurance in a smart, manageable way. But it’s also good for your mind to mix it up. A lot of us like to know that there will be a period of time where we’ll push hard and give it our all, but there will also be period of time when we “rest” and recoup. Just the thought of giving it my all for an entire workout exhausts me and makes me overthink it. You need to work in oscillated periods of bringing your heart rate back down while still moving. A very basic example of this is 10-20-30 intervals. But you can adjust the timing of your intervals as you see fit.
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