Pin-Fit Inspiration: April

Time to share with you my recent Pinterest Fitness (Pin-Fit) findings/inspirations/obsessions.  If you are like me, and need a lil’ bit of extra “something” now and again, target at least one new workout a month – or one a week if you are ambitious!  The idea is that changing things up a bit helps motivate – both physically and mentally!  And it never hurts to build a stronger core, and strengthen arm and leg muscles.  These postings aren’t exactly yoga, or biking, or swimming, or cross-fit, but sometimes a small shift is a BIG change.  Hopefully one of these helps inspire you!

What’s the best time of day to exercise? Whether you’re a morning person, a night owl, or someone who looks forward to a midday break to split up the workday, what matters most is clearing whatever roadblocks that get between you and your workout.

Morning Person?  Working out in the morning definitely has its benefits: it helps wake up your body; clears your mind; and relieves pre-work stress.  It’s also nice to get it done in the morning so you don’t have to worry about fitting it in later in the day.   Tips?  Prep the night before.  Move your alarm clock across the room, so you’ll have to get out of bed to turn it off.   And once you’re up, put on your exercise clothes in a brightly lit room: When light hits your eyes, it signals your pineal gland to stop producing melatonin, helping you wake up.

Morning

Day Person?   While it may be tempting to keep plugging away at work, it’s time for a break.  Tips?  Schedule your walk or run like you would any other meeting; put it on your to-do list, and cross it off for the confidence boost that comes from mission accomplished.  Split your lunch in two: Eat half of it an hour before you go out, then have the remaining food afterward. Don’t stress about missing work—exercise has been proven to increase work productivity.

Office 

Night Person?  Exercising in the afternoon or evening has its pros too – you don’t have to wake up early and miss out on sleep, and your body has a chance to warm up throughout your day, so when you exercise, there’s less risk of injury.  It can also be cooler at night, which is great during the summer months.  Tips?  Pack your gear, change at work, and go directly to the gym or the trail.  Keep your energy up with a snack before you exercise.

Night

And my mantra of the month to keep me going: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

Change 

{ Inspiration Archives }

Pin-Fit February
Pin-Fit March

When do you get in the majority of your workouts?  I’m night person throughout the week….but definitely prefer long runs on weekend mornings.


Jen

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6 thoughts on “Pin-Fit Inspiration: April

  1. Great post! I need to get more of a routine – sometimes I work out in morning, sometimes mid-day, sometimes right after work or late at night….just depending on when I get a little slack time in my schedule.

    • I’m right there with you 🙂 Mostly after work…but some nights I get it squeezed in around 7 pm…I don’t like to do too much later than that though…or else I’d be up half the night. haha. I’ve thought about during my lunch break…but I’m not sure I could swing that…

      • I’ve gone back and forth on the idea of lunch time runs too…just not sure I can shower and get back to my desk fast enough! I don’t wear make-up and put my hair in a wet bun almost every day, yet somehow take over 30 minutes to shower and get dressed! I think my hygiene routine is slightly OCD! Lol

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