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Are Your Workouts Wearing You Out?

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments
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By The FIRM Master Instructor Melissa Hurst

You’ve made it through the holidays! Your weekly schedule, while still hectic, is becoming more routine and you have even found time to fit in your workouts (hopefully). There’s only one problem: Instead of your workouts re-energizing you, they are wearing you down.

If you are facing this dilemma, you are not alone. There are many reasons why you may feel as though your workouts are not giving you the results (emotionally or physically) you expect.

Music to Sweat to: Your Workout Playlist

Teri Ann Krefting by Teri Ann Krefting | February 1st, 2012 | 4 Comments
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Woman working out listening to musicThe main thing that really fires me up for fitness is a superior song playlist. If I’m planning a long run or a hard workout at the gym, great songs make the time fly by and make workouts much more enjoyable. And music tempo is perfect for pacing yourself — slower songs to warm up and cool down, and pumping rhythms to keep the intensity up in between.

Here are my top 10 workout tunes right now — share yours in the comments section below!

4 Signs it’s Time to Change Up Your Exercise Routine

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | June 13th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: bored, boredom, burn-calories, cardio, challenge, change, exercise routine, fat-burning zone, Fitness, goals, heart rate monitor, injuries, injury, intensity, lose-weight, muscles, over training, recovery, rest, results, slump, strength training, target heart rate, the firm, variety, walking, weight loss plateau, weights, work out, workout, workout rut

Workout RutWe all know that the key ingredients to weight loss and maintenance are exercise, healthy nutrition and proper rest. But what happens when you feel like you’re no longer getting results with your exercise routine? Does this mean that exercise doesn’t work anymore? Not a chance! It could just mean that you need to break out of your current workout rut — variety is the spice of life, after all!

Here are four signals that your routine might need a tune-up:

1. Your workout bores you.

You used to enjoy walking outside, so why do you dread your walk workout each day? It’s easy to get bored if you stick with the same routine for too long. Sometimes it helps to add variety to your walks. For example, try listening to music when you walk, adding speed or hill intervals, or bringing a family member or friend along with you. I’m sure your family pooch would welcome a stroll around the neighborhood! If all of that isn’t enough, then maybe it’s time to try a new activity. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try biking or are interested in taking a dance class? Change can help keep your workouts fun and interesting, giving you something to look forward to.

How to Start a Running Routine

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | November 10th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: cross-training, exercise, exertion, fitness routine, how to be a runner, how to start running, intensity, runner, running, the firm, walking, workout

Annie-croppedBy The FIRM Master Instructor Annie Lee

Once fitting in a workout has become second nature to you, it’s sort of like brushing your teeth. You know you need it, you do it, and you feel better when it’s done. However, you may be in a place where you want to try something new.