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5 Tips for Working Out Smarter, Not Harder

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As busy moms, we don’t have hours to spend working out. If you are anything like me, you are racing against the nap-time clock to squeeze in a good sweat session.

Exercise doesn’t need to be time consuming or complicated. With clearly defined fitness goals and a smart plan, you can achieve the results you’re looking for in minimal time.

The truth is, we often over complicate our exercise routines because we think it will get us to our goals faster. Usually, it’s quite the opposite. When we strip away the fluff and get down to the bare bones, we are able to focus on the stuff that matters, the stuff that gets us results. 

Here are 5 tips that will help you work out smarter, not harder, without sacrificing results:

1.Define your goals.

Whether it is to lose weight, to get tone or to just be consistent you should know exactly what it is you are working towards. Defining your goals will keep you focused on what needs to be done and what doesn’t need to be done. 

2. Have a plan. 

Once you define your goals, you can then develop a plan to get yourself there. Figure out when and where you will work out. When and how do you want to reach your goals? Ensure the plan you develop is one you can stick with. Ask yourself, does this plan make sense for my current life?

3. Ditch the complex workouts.

Stick to the basics. The basics will allow you to focus on the actual exercises, do more circuits and ensure the correct form is achieved. 

4. Be prepared. 

Use your time wisely. The more prepared you are, the more time you can dedicate to the actual workout. Have your gear, equipment and space prepared ahead of time. Know the exercises you’ll do including reps and weight. Keep an exercise journal so you know when to increase scale up or down.

5. Schedule rest. 

How simple is that? No really, rest is crucial for reaching your fitness goals. Rest allows the muscles to recover and thus prepare for more work. Most times recovery days are overlooked and then mental and physical fatigue or injury occurs and as a result, we quit. 

There you have it, 5 tips for working out smarter, not harder. With a game plan and some good sweat equity, you’ll reach those goals in no time. Speaking of goals, I would love to hear what your health and fitness goals are. Comment below or in the Facebook group.

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