5 Fitness Hacks to Make Staying Fit Simpler
When it comes to getting fit, there's no way to cheat. It requires hard work and dedication. However, there are a few simple tricks to put into effect to make life a little easier. Here are 5 fitness hacks that could be useful for anyone.
Combine Strength and Cardio
Short on time? For those days that don’t allow a full workout, try combining your efforts. You can get in both cardio and strength training in the same amount of time. Using kettlebells is one way to accomplish this. While they are primarily used for strength training, certain movements will keep your heart rate up and provide some of the benefits of cardio. Adding a weighted vest or a pair of ankle weights as you walk or jog will increase your strength during your cardio session.
Perform Compound Exercises
Another way to get the most out of your workout is by working more than one muscle group at a time. The best way to do this is with compound exercises. To read more about the benefits of compound exercises vs. isolated exercises, check out our previous article.
Keep a Record
One of the most important things you can do to stay on track with your fitness regimen is making a plan. Setting goals and planning ahead is a great way to hold yourself accountable. So, why not take it one step further by keeping a fitness diary? Don't just plan your routine before it happens. Take some time to write down what you did after your workout. Did you meet your goals? Were there areas where you fell short? Not only will it be a valuable tool for showing you how you can improve, it can also be motivating to see how hard you've worked and make it easier to stay on track.
Use a Pedometer
How close do you come to reaching the recommended goal of 10,000 steps a day? A pedometer is a great way to evaluate how active you really are. This is an especially useful accessory on those rest days.
Listen to an Audio Book
It's common to use music to get you through your workouts, but have you tried listening to an audio book? It's easy to do with some earphones and the help of your phone. It may not get you as pumped as your favorite tunes, but it can easily help in passing the time. This is especially true for a book you've been waiting to read or with one you have trouble putting down. For an added incentive, don't allow yourself to listen to it unless you're exercising. That doesn't mean you need to ditch your favorite playlist, but switch up what you're listening to for some added variety.