While I agree with Kelvin that switching up your workout can help keep you interested, I think routine can actually be an important way to keep yourself going long-term. For example, if you make it your routine to get up in the morning and throw on your workout clothes first thing, it will become habitual and working out won't be something that you have to find time and motivation for later in the day.
I also agree with Kate about signing up for athletic events. When I first started getting into running, I signed up for a 5k and did one about every 3 months or so. The first one was a huge milestone, and it was a great motivator to see my time improve at the later races.
I would suggest you go to a sports equipment store and try to do some reps with different weights to get a feel for what seems right to you. I started out with a pair of 3s and a pair of 5s (I'm female, btw), but I almost never use the 3-lb weights. I am by no means super strong, but the 3lb weights are *so* light that they're rarely useful. I use them sometimes for more toning-focused exercises, but I almost always turn to the 5s and soon might want something a bit bigger. I also have a 7-lb kettlebell that I almost always pass over in favor of my 15-lb kettlebell. Hope this helps!
This happens to me sometimes, too. If you don't want to do the same workout two days in a row, you can always click on "select another workout" (upper right) and choose something else.
I have the follower award problem, too. (Hey, sarkrauss!) ;)
I would also like advice on this. Good question :)
Great question! I'd also like protein powder suggestions, so hopefully someone will have a good response.
I tried to post a response to this yesterday, but it got flagged as profanity! (There was absolutely no profanity in my post, I promise!) Is there any way to get that back??
I agree. I always have to remind myself to remember the final calorie count as the workout is ending. It would be great if it showed up at the end (ie stayed visible when the survey pops up), b/c right now if the video ends and you weren't paying attention as the trainer was winding things down, you're SOL.
Great question. I'm especially interested in anyone's thoughts on FitBit...
Personally, I like the balance. As the "audience," I think it helps to hear any encouragement; even if it's directed at the other trainers, it's still good to see and hear that interaction. But when the trainers speak directly into the camera and say stuff like, "You're doing great!" it always strikes as a bit fake because how would they know how I'm doing? So, I like the occasional comment directly at us, but I don't think they should over-do it.
I listen to Nutrition Diva podcasts and she addressed this very issue in one of her episodes - http://nutritiondiva.quickand... Among the potential benefits she mentions are reduced stress and inflammation in cells, and reduced overall calorie intake (even if you end up eating a bit more at the meal right after your fast). She includes links to several studies about the potential benefits. The episode also includes a link to the blog of a man who experimented with intermittent fasting; you can read about his experience here - http://inhumanexperiment.blog...
I can't say I've done a lot of this myself (I love food too much!), but when I have managed it, it feels like a nice break for my body.
I second giovannihale's suggestion of using the DailyBurn Tracker. It's annoying that it's a separate website that isn't integrated, but compared to other diet trackers I've tried, I like it best. It's especially good for nerding out over all kinds of details ;)
I agree it can be really helpful to hear other people's success stories; good suggestion! For me, the best part about using the DailyBurn videos is that I can feel myself improving. I have low-energy days, too, of course, but I feel like my stamina and endurance has become better over time and there are measurable results, like barely being able to do 5 pushups when I started and now being able to do over 30. Things like that really make you realize that you *are* making progress. And it didn't hurt, either, when the guy in my life noticed I had lost weight ;)
Thanks for the great suggestions!
Does anyone have any suggestions for an over-the-door pull-up bar that you've really liked? One that's easy to put on and take off is a must. Ideally I'd like to find one that doesn't need to be mounted with any kind of hardware, but just slips over the door frame. Thanks!