So what if you can’t afford to go to a first class gym every day, that’s never stopped any from starting a new healthy and fit lifestyle!  Even with a low (or no) budget, you can make yourself train like a pro athlete and seeing results in no time.  Try out some of our tips and create your own fitness routine, then come back and let us know if it helped!

Do a variety of exercisesoutdoor_yoga

It doesn’t matter if you’re dreaming of being a professional golfer or snowboarder, every career athlete takes the time to train every part of their body – especially during the off seasons.  While they’re not competing, many pros even take a step back from their career sport and choose to focus on their body as a whole, that way they will be in tip top shape by the time their season is gearing up.  Spend the time training your whole body, don’t turn into an inverted-triangle.

Hire a personal coach

Many professional athletes have the money to hire a personal coach.  You don’t need a lot of money to do so, oftentimes you can get a great deal on a personal trainer at your local gym.  You may also want to consider investing in a piece of fitness technology called a smart wristband that actually measures your body stats and keeps track of your workout and progression.

With real-time stats displayed on the wristband, you can track the number of steps you take each day, the distance traveled, calories burned and the number of stairs you climbed. The Fitbit Force even tells time on the bright OLED display. The wristband wirelessly updates the information to the app installed on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop. You can also compare stats with friends to stay on track, or get inspired to take that extra set of stairs.

quality-sleep-1412082964Make sleep a priority

Professional athletes all know that sleep is one of the most necessary parts of the day.  Establishing a bed time routine is a healthy way to make sure your body gets into a healthy and natural rhythm.  Plenty of sleep means that your muscles have time to recover from the pounding workout you gave them earlier, and it gives the rest of your body time to release many necessary hormones.  Lack of sleep can result in the release of a stress hormone called cortisol, which can actually eat away at your metabolism and ruin all of your hard work.

Pump up the volume man-jogging-near-bridge

Where would Rocky be without his theme song? You need a theme song. Studies show that you’re closely synced to the tempo of the music you’re listening to. A study about the effects of music tempo on cycling performance looked at 12 male cyclists and found that they worked harder and got more enjoyment from faster music.

Making a heart-pumping playlist can be a fun and easy way to get yourself motivated while considering a work out session.  Music can also help district from some of that ever-so-desired soreness that comes with a hard workout – just focus on the tunes!

What are some of your workout tips?  Let us know in the comments!

Written by: Tony Thomas

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