Workout Tips from Our Fav Fitness Girls

Fitness Girl

Everyone loves tips from their favorite fitness girl (or woman!), so we scoured the internet and pulled together our top 5 fav fitness girl tips!

1. Set Realistic Goals

"Don't strive for perfection or an improbable goal that can't be met," says Kara Thompson, spokesperson for the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).  "Focus instead on increasing healthy behaviors."  

In other words, don't worry if you can't run a 5K just yet. Make it a habit to walk 15 minutes a day, and add time, distance, and intensity from there. 

2. Use the Buddy System

Find a friend or relative whom you like and trust who also wants to establish a healthier lifestyle, suggests personal trainer and fitness guru Chris Mumm.  "Encourage one another. Exercise together. Use this as an opportunity to enjoy one another's company and to strengthen the relationship."

3.  Make Your Plan Fit Your Life

Too busy to get to the gym?  Tennis star Martina Navratilova, knows a thing or two about being busy and staying fit.  "You don't need fancy exercise gear and gyms to get fit." 

If you've got floor space, try simple floor exercises to target areas such as the hips and buttocks, legs and thighs, and chest and arms (like push-ups, squats, and lunges). Aim for 10-12 repetitions of each exercise, adding more reps and intensity as you build strength.

4.  Stop Doing So Much Cardio

"The most harmful misconception is that more is better, especially when it comes to cardio. Spending long periods of time doing cardio, particularly continuous, low-intensity cardio, can actually be counterproductive. It can cause the body to hold onto its energy sources ... for fear that it will need them for future long, continuous exertions."  

Alternatively, short bursts of high-intensity exercises (also known as high-intensity interval training or HIIT) has been shown to burn fat, and lots of it. Thirty minutes of HIIT is much more efficient and effective than an hour of steady-state cardio."  —Annie Mulgrew, director of programming, CityRow

5.  Fall in love with exercise that changes your mood and your life, not just your body.

"[The most harmful misconception about getting into shape is] that looking better on the outside is the best part — it's not! Of course getting fit and losing weight are important and huge motivators, but in my experience, mood and energy changes are the most immediate and gratifying part of getting into shape."

Being in shape helps you in every aspect of your life — it helps you sleep better, boosts your energy throughout the day, and puts you in a better mood. (Endorphins are a beautiful thing, right, Elle Woods?)"  —Natalia Roberts, instructor, 305 Fitness