5 Workout Tips to Step Up Your Fitness Game

by Her Happy Balance on October 30, 2014

This past spring I decided it was time for some changes. I’d been working out on a consistent basis since my college years, but wanted to finally drop some pounds that had been hanging around for entirely too long. I knew I would be starting a graduate program for nutrition in the fall and I really wanted my body to be a good representation of that degree. I tweaked my diet and changed my workout plan. Since the spring, I have slowly lost (and kept off!) the weight that was constantly bugging me, and I have worked towards and achieved a few new fitness goals. Today I want to share, workout-wise, what worked for me in hopes that maybe it could do the same for you!

Workout tips


1.) Do daily push-ups. I went from hating, loathing, and completely despising push-ups (and being unable to do even one!) to harboring a healthy respect for them. I try to get in a few each day. Maybe 5, maybe 10, maybe 15 – whatever amount I can do and feel like doing each day, I do. It’s now a habit for me to get in a few push-ups before showering. Make them a part of your daily routine, all the effort will add up.

2.) Lift Heavy. I lift things up, and put them dooowwwn. But seriously, lifting heavy is kind of great. Once I made a commitment to continually work towards increasing my weights, I noticed a lot more tone and definition in my muscles. An old coworker used to ask my why I wanted to lift weights, she thought that if she did it, it would make her look manly. Um, no. I can ensure you that that is just not the case. It will however make you feel (and maybe look?) like a freakin’ badass.

3.) Workout with a Buddy. Not only is it more fun to work out with a buddy, but oftentimes I find my buddy encouraging me to push further, do an extra rep, or try lifting a heavier weight. I feel more confident pushing myself when I know that I have a reliable spotter there to help. Buddies can also teach you new moves and help spice up a workout. 

4.) One Body Group Each Day. If I focus on working out just my biceps and triceps one day, I still feel fresh and ready to go to work on a different body group the next day. This can help decrease down time and rest days that often need to be taken because of soreness and DOMS. That being said, rest days ARE super important, and if you want to grow up your muscles to be like Arnold, you do need to factor in a day or two of rest for recovery.

5.) Train for Something. Having a goal or a specific race/competition on your calendar is great inspiration to kick some fitness butt. Training for a half marathon made me focus on not just running, but also on cross-training and weight-lifting to keep myself injury-free. If you have a goal in mind, you’ll be more willing to put in the work to achieve it.

These are the things that really helped to change up my fitness routine. There is always room for improvement, and I’m currently on the look out for my next race or personal goal to work towards. We’re heading into the colder temperatures, so I’m thinking it may be time for bulk season…

What is one thing that you think took your fitness game to the next level?
How do you get over periods of stale workouts?


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