5 Tips To Boost Your Workout Routine

August 12, 2013 · 10 comments

It’s the middle of August and you might be sick of hearing “bikini body” and “swimsuit season.” If you’re like me, you’ve pretty much decided to enjoy the rest of summer and go sober for September. I may not always eat or drink the right thing, but I’m always exercising which makes a huge difference when you don’t stick to your diet. You’re not going to lose weight, but you’ll maintain or gain a lot less if you continue your fitness routine. It will also be easier to get back into your groove when your get back into your routine!

As part of my partnership with adidas, I was asked to come up with 5 tips to boost your workout routine for the end of summer. To read my other exclusive posts including how to boost your confidence, visit the adidas Women’s training homepage. 

1. Choose your music wisely.

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I love listening to new music while I workout, but studies show that if you listen to a song repeatedly while not working out (like say during your commute) it will not have the same effect as it would if you kept it just for your sweat sessions. Alternatively, brand new music does not give you the motivational boost. Listen to a song a few times before bringing it out on your next run. I’m wearing one of my favorite adidas techfit tank tops in the photo above.

2. Count your reps in another language.

This tip is from Marissa Stephenson, the fitness editor at SELF. It takes your mind off the challenge at hand.

3. Switch up your training gear, try something new!

I get excited when I have a new pair of sneakers to wear while working out especially if they claim to potentially boost my efforts. The new Spring Blade shoes from adidas allegedly propel you forward. I’ve been trying them out since getting them to see if they make me faster or reduce the effort that it takes to go a certain speed. It’s certainly been a fun experiment and encourages me to use them!

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4. Create a new goal or try a new studio.

I love trying out a new studio when they offer an affordable 1-month unlimited special for new members. If you have a gym membership, try putting it on hold to test out a new style or workout.

5. Get your energy fix with a cup of coffee or other caffeinated beverage before you workout.

If you’re sensitive to caffeine this may not be a good trick, but having a cup 20-30 minutes before a workout can boost your performance by increasing energy and reducing “pain” or as I call it, delays the “I want to stop and walk” voice in your head for at least 20 minutes.

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Compensation was provided by adidas via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of adidas.


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1 Kayla August 12, 2013 at 11:32 am

Great tips Sarah! Thanks :)

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2 Heather Murphy August 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Music is such a HUGE motivation for me when working out. Luckily my taste of music is different when I am working out than when I am driving around or relaxing, so I usually don’t have a problem listening to the same songs too much.

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3 Ashley @ Sweet Carolina Belle August 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Thanks so much for sharing! I always try to have a goal to train for to help my motivation. Also, I have started counting reps in a different language or counting by twos, threes or even sevens while exercising to keep my mind active and off the pain.

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4 Eli August 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I love the tip about the music… I’ve not heard that before – very interesting.

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5 Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. August 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

I love Tip #1! I never thought about that before!

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6 Tara August 13, 2013 at 12:21 am

I agree about the music. I get so annoyed if I keep hearing the same song over and over. That reminds me, I need to put together a new playlist! Great tips!

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7 Brittany August 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I love all the bright colours!

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8 Terri August 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Counting reps in another language is a new one. Might start doing that from now on. Great post!

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9 Abby Ang August 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Hi Sarah,

Thank you very much for sharing this very interesting post. I think I need to follow your tips :) I actually love the number 5 tip. It is so nice to know that having a cup 20-30 minutes before a workout can boost your performance by increasing energy and reducing pain.

regards,
Abby

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10 Keira Seyler September 19, 2013 at 3:48 am

Music really gives working out some cool and fun vibes.

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