How To Stick With An Exercise Plan

9 Tips To Help You Stick With An Exercise Plan

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Will you stay on track with your exercise plan?

Starting an exercise plan is only half the battle. Trying to stick with an exercise plan is a huge challenge for most people. You may start out strong, never missing a workout, and you may even be seeing some positive challenges with your body and energy. And then suddenly life gets in the way.

You start missing a workout once and while, but then before long, you’re missing several a week.  Once you start skipping workouts, it gets easier to skip the next time. Once you get out of the regular routine it’s difficult to get back on track. Here are some helpful tips on how to stick with an exercise plan for the long term.

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Don’t Be A Slave To The Weight Loss Scales

Are You Obsessed Over The Numbers on Your Weight Loss Scales?

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Do you dread stepping on the scales each day?

A lot of weight loss “experts” will tell you to weigh yourself each and every day if you’re trying to lose weight. The idea seems to make sense on the surface. Regularly checking yourself on a set of weight loss scales leads to motivation when you see positive results.

This improves your focus and dedication to the efforts you’re making, and can lead to even greater results.

But what happens to you mentally when the scale doesn’t tell you what you want to hear?

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Why Am I Too Tired To Exercise?

5 Simple Reasons Why You Might Be Too Tired To Exercise

What are the two most commonly used excuses for skipping a workout or not exercising at all? “I don’t have time” and “I’m too tired to exercise”.


In reality, everyone has the time, it’s just a matter of making exercising a priority in your daily life. Three 10-minutes sessions are just as good (if not better) than one 30-minute one.

However, when it comes to not having enough energy to exercise, that can be a legitimate and real excuse. Here are 5 simple reasons why you might be too tired to exercise and how you can overcome them.

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How Tired Should You Be After A Workout?

How Do You Feel  After a Workout?

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Are you completely exhausted after exercise?

It’s a common misbelief that you should feel tired after a workout. And in some cases, it’s true. However, when done properly, exercising can actually leave you with more energy than when you started.

Our bodies are very efficient machines.  They only do as much work as necessary. If our energy demand is low, so will the production of energy to meet that demand. At the heart of energy production are little “energy factories” called mitochondria within each cell. Basically their job is to take food and turn it into energy to fuel our body. The more energy we use, the harder mitochondria work to meet the energy demand – up to a point.

So if you’re feeling completely spent after a workout, it could be from any of these reasons.

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How Can I Reach My Weight Loss Goal?

Getting Clear About Your Weight Loss Goal

So often in the business world or in general goal setting, you hear people talk about getting clear about what you want. You can’t really reach a goal until you know what that goal is. Plus, if you don’t have a goal or destination, how will you know when you get there?


Well, the same can be said of your weight loss goal. Is your reason strong enough? Are you clear about your ‘why’?

Do you give up at the first setback? Whether caused by something you did (e.g. overeating) or something completely out of your control (e.g. injury or sickness), setbacks are almost always a guarantee with weight loss.

How you focus on reaching your weight loss goal and dealing with setbacks will determine your level of success.

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5 Simple Fitness Tools For Exercises To Do On Holiday

5 Pieces of Fitness Equipment That Won’t Take Up Too Much Room in Your Suitcase

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You can avoid gaining weight when on holiday.

Travelling and exercise don’t mix well. You don’t have access to your local gym or home equipment and you obviously can’t take your favorite exercise machines with you.

To make it worse, your hotel might not have a fitness center or, if it does, it may be one that charges a hefty fee to use the equipment. This, however, doesn’t mean that you will have to lose whatever fitness progress you have made.

There are several small and lightweight travel-friendly tools that you can take away with you for exercises to do on holiday . Here are 5 workout tools that are both very affordable and pack well without taking too much valuable suitcase space. Continue reading “5 Simple Fitness Tools For Exercises To Do On Holiday”

Can I Lose Weight Without Exercise?

Is It Possible To Lose Weight Without Exercise?

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Exercise can be fun. It doesn’t have to be torturous.

This is an extremely common question because many people dread working out and want to lose weight without exercise. The idea of panting and gasping as they run, jog, cycle, swim or play sport is a very unpleasant thought for many folks who are used to leading a sedentary lifestyle.

Resistance training is more torture because of the muscular aches and pains that will follow the next day. Because exercise involves expending effort, many people don’t like it.

To answer the question as to whether you can lose weight without exercise, the answer is yes. You can definitely become skin and bone if you starve yourself long enough. However, there are several negative repercussions from losing weight through a restrictive diet alone.

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How Am I Gaining Weight While Exercising?

Here’s Why You’re Gaining Weight Even Though You Exercise Regularly

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The number on the scale is only one indicator to watch.

It’s frustrating when you’re trying so hard to lose weight, but you’re gaining weight while exercising. When you step on the scales no loss is reflected. In fact, it shows you’ve gained a pound or two.

Believe it or not, this is usually a good weight gain. Of course, if you’re eating more then this could be the cause. But if not, you can expect the weight to come off over time, so be patient and stay the course.

So why are you gaining weight while exercising?

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Am I Too Old To Start Lifting Weights?

How Do I Start Lifting Weights?

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Age is not a factor when it comes to weight lifting.

Not only is it never too late to start lifting weights, but weight training actually becomes more crucial as you age. This is because if done often enough, weight lifting can help reverse, or at the very least, slow down the loss of muscle mass and bone density that occurs naturally with age.

Energy levels gradually decrease as we grow older. As a result, most middle-aged individuals and beyond assume that it’s too late to get into weight lifting. That, however, could not be further from the truth!

To ensure you get started on the right foot, here are a few pointers on the best and safest way for senior adults to start lifting weights.

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Know Your Numbers: How To Monitor Your Own Health

How To Monitor Your Own Health

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Is your doctor measuring these numbers?

Is there a need to monitor your own health? We often think if there’s no indication of high blood pressure or high blood sugar, then we must be pretty healthy.

But, we need to take some other numbers into account for an overall picture of our health. You can have normal blood pressure and low blood sugar. Or you can have high cholesterol and it hasn’t led to high blood pressure, yet.

Knowing all of your numbers can give you and your doctor a better picture of your overall health. So when you monitor your own health, what numbers should you know?

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