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How Danielle Finally Found Motivation To Be Healthy

How Danielle Finally Found Motivation To Be Healthy

Making a lifestyle change can be overwhelming. For the sake of convenience, Danielle often ate out at fast food joints such as McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken. "I never did any exercise - I was really lazy," she recalled. "I would come home from work, sit in bed on my laptop until I went to sleep, and I would snack a lot." Eight months ago, Danielle joined the PumpUp community because she wanted to live a life full of intention, positivity, and accountability.

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Your No Excuse Workout Plan

This is a guest post by Danielle Shoom, Personal Trainer. Visit Danielle’s website here

Some weeks are busier than others and some times you just feel lazy! However getting in your workout can make that busy, stressful week seem not as bad or your lazy day can turn around with just 30-60 minutes of exercise. Here are 4 tips on how to get your workouts in, no matter what!

Get Into A Routine

On Sunday nights I will sit down and think about what I want to do for the upcoming week. I always change it up but I’ve made a pact for myself to work out every day between Monday and Friday. This way, I have a routine. I like to workout first thing in the morning, so this is how I schedule it: running on Mondays, Barre class on Tuesdays, and so on. This really keeps me motived all week long!

Schedule Ahead of Time

Schedule yourself into a class and be committed to it! Most gyms have a 12-hour cancelation period (once you’re in you’re stuck!)   Whether or not you’re in the mood to exercise, I promise you that you will never leave a workout feeling worse than before.

Buy A Gym Package

Buying a package at a gym is not cheap! They usually start at $100, and that’s normally just for  a 5-pack! By investing in a package, that means you have to use it! Buy a 5 pack at one gym, then find another place to exercise next month.  Changing up your workout will keep your mind and body guessing.

Grab A Friend

Schedule to meet up with a friend at the gym or at the park, and work out together. This will make you both accountable and force you not to bail on each other. You’ll be killing two birds with one stone (metaphorically of course) by catching up with each other and staying fit together!

Danielle Shoom is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and nutrition enthusiast based in Toronto, Ontario. Visit Danielle’s website at danielleshoomfitness.com

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Danielle’s do-it-anywhere workout

This is a guest post by Danielle Shoom, Personal Trainer. Visit Danielle’s website here

This no-equipment-needed full body workout will challenge your cardio and strength ability. You will do each exercise for 50 seconds with a 10 second rest period between exercises. You can repeat this as many times as you would like. I suggest repeating it 4 times. 

50 seconds of work/10 seconds of rest:

  • Speed skaters
  • Jump squat
  • Plank
  • Tricep dip

Speed Skaters

Bending down into a curtsy position and tapping by your front foot, then jump and switch sides. If you choose not to jump, walk from side to side switching quickly.

Jump Squat

Sit your bum back into a squat position and make sure your knees are not going over your toes, then jump up. If you choose not to jump stand tall and come up on toes.

Plank

Come into a forearm plank, stay wide along your shoulders and squeeze your bum and inner thighs.

Tricep Dip

Finger tips face forward and bend your knees, bend your elbows down then press up. If this is too hard on your wrists change this exercise for a tricep push up.

Danielle Shoom is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and nutrition enthusiast based in Toronto, Ontario. Visit Danielle’s website at danielleshoomfitness.com