5 Ways to Develop a Fitness Routine

Salutations, readers!

As promised, here is my follow up post on exercising!  I hope the following tips help you in your fitness goals.  As always, feel free to email or comment with questions! 

1. Invest in well-made, comfortable clothing.

When I first started running, I hated how much my feet hurt and how chaffed my inner thighs would be at the end of working out.  I had no idea I could’ve avoided both of those things if I had invested in good shoes and clothing!  For instance, I run in capris to prevent chaffing.  While Capris can be very expensive at stores like Nike or Adidas, you can actually find well-made and affordable ones at stores like Academy.  Price wise, shoes are a little bit different.  I recommend splurging on a good pair of Brooks or Saucony as they’ll offer more support and last longer than your typical shoes from Nike, Adidas, or Foot Locker.

2. Find a good place to work out.

Do you prefer being outside or inside?  While I prefer exercising outside, my sister prefers the gym. Do what works for you and sign up for a gym membership, find a pretty park or lake nearby, etc. 

3. Sign up for an event.

If I don’t have a deadline in front of my face, I’m lost.  Signing up for an event, big or small, will serve as a reminder and motivator to stick to your routine.  It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming ordeal.  Start small and then work your way up.  For instance, I signed up for a 5k two years ago and just ran my first marathon this January.  I merely increased the distance of each race I signed up for; first the 5k, then a 10k, a 1/2 marathon, and now a whole.   

4. Use an online training schedule.

It’s really hard to know how much to train for an event since you don’t want to over exert yourself or train the wrong way.  It’s really easy to find training plans online by just using Google.  For those of you interested in running, Runners World is my favorite site for training plans. http://www.runnersworld.com

5. Integrate music or light reading.

When I run, I love switching around my music.  By using different sources, (my iTunes Library, iTunes Radio, or Pandora) I can keep my beats fresh and fun!  When I cross train, I like to read books when I bike or use the elliptical in the gym.



“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” – Legally Blonde

Happy Thursday, readers!  I thought the quote above was appropriate for the topic of today’s post – exercise! 

Now, before you roll your eyes and “x out” in an attempt to escape yet another exercise loving, adrenaline junkie post, let me tell you that I DON’T like exercising.  It is truly something that I have to push myself to complete.  I hate having to wear smelly clothes, make the time to get up early in the morning, and shower after I get all sweaty. 

Despite my annoyances at exercising, I have found that the cons are extremely outweighed by the pros.  During my Baylor years, I developed a regular fitness routine and was shocked at how much of a difference it made in my daily life.  I found myself happier, sleeping better, less stressed, and able to think more clearly when studying or making hard decisions.  What I felt can be attributed to endorphins.  What are endorphins, you might ask?  See below.    

When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.

Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

Endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives. They are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neuron receptors endorphins bind to are the same ones that bind some pain medicines. However, unlike with morphine, the activation of these receptors by the body’s endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.[1] 

OK, so you get that exercise is important, that it will improve your life.  Now you’re probably asking yourself HOW you’ll get the motivation to commit to an actual routine.  Well, you’re in luck!  My next post will cover just that, so check back soon!  

[1] WebMD – Exercise and Depression: