If your workout regimen got off to a rocky start this year, don’t fret. These tactics’ll pick your routine up, dust it off and have you bouncing a tricked-out Chevy Monte Carlo toward your fitness goals in no time.
I’ll bet a Benz, some rims and some jewels that 50 Cent does Bikram yoga. Everyone’s doing it. Lady Gaga does Bikram yoga in her skivvies. George Clooney and Beyoncé too (well, maybe not in their skivvies).
Why is this yoga inferno so hot that all of Hollywood is all-up-on? Because it’s all the benefits of yoga plus a few toasty advantages. One: suppler muscles — the sizzling temps make your muscles more pliable so you can rock all 26 Bikram poses with less risk of injury. Two: you get to detox in sweaty company.
Think you’re too pimp for 100 degrees of muscle strengthening and lengthening? Fine, but you’d better at least have a foam roller in your arsenal. Releasing muscle tension beyond the usual five to ten of active stretching is critical to muscle health, especially if you have a burly workout routine (i.e., it includes the word ‘massacre’).
Love It or Hate It
If there’s one thing we can learn from The Game, it’s that stuff you hate ain’t going nowhere, so you can get to know it. If you’re a pansy when it comes to pushups, or you cheat at downward-facing dog when the instructor’s not looking, it’s time to start hustling yourself.
Facing your exercise fears (and whiny dislikes) is the only way to amplify your fitness results.
There are lots of good reasons to diversify your fitness regimen. Maybe it’s good for muscle confusion; maybe it keeps you from falling asleep on the bench. One thing’s certain: it ensures that you cover all your bases for a balanced bod. Love it? Hate it? Whatever. Do it all — and try to get the hard part over with first.
Git Up, Git Out
If Big Boi and Andre 3000 saw you researching your workout routine into oblivion, they’d tell you to get off yo’ azz and do something. Are you a perfectionist? Are you scared to fumble? Are you hiding from the fact that you’d rather tap your keyboard than tap your toes in a Zumba class?
There’s a time for planning and there’s a time for doing, ready-or-not. And if you think you need to have all the details locked down before you try something new, you’re wrong. I speak from experience when I say that showing up under-prepared won’t kill you.
Besides, how will you make it if you never even try?
Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Sometimes people can get really negative about your efforts to exercise and eat healthy. You have a choice. You can listen as your roommates heckle from the couch, drumsticks in hand. You can even start up your own reel of negativity every time you fall short of your goals.
Or you can recognize that buying into all that is stupidly unproductive — which is why Jay-Z wouldn’t do it. Better to brush off the negativity and keep at it.
So you skipped the gym and went to the movies after work? Go and brush your shoulders off. Slurped up an entire pepperoni pizza on your lunch break? Go and brush your shoulders off. We all misstep. Unwavering positivity, even if you’re guilty of a little cheating, is the way to get back on track.
Still can’t get that dirt off your shoulder? A healthy ego boost should do the trick. Next time you’re on your way to the gym, mine your brain for positive thoughts. Steer clear of complaints (the treadmills always smell funny) and focus on positives (the hot server at the juice bar is working today).
While any dose of optimism will add a sucker-punch of productivity to your gym time, the stuff that makes you feel good about yourself is gold. So zero in on your achievements. Instead of thinking “why am I not Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux?” focus on how you recently had the courage to run your first race. (OK, be petty: think about how at least you’re not on this list.)
As my little bro recently pointed out, nothing delivers an instant ego boost like turning up the bass on some hip-hop. So here’s to Kanye West and a few dauntless workouts this week.
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