Audrie's Top 7 Fitness Tips & Tricks
After several years of making consistent physical fitness a priority in my life (check out my Weightlifting 101 post for more even more fitness info!), I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks along the way. There are a lot of things I wish I’d figured out sooner, and I want to share these tips with all of you! So, for everybody who is getting started with fitness, and for seasoned gym veterans looking to shake things up, here are my top 7 fitness tips and tricks.
1. Find something that you enjoy doing - it will be easier to stick with it!
If you’ve read some of my other posts, you’ll know that weightlifting is my preferred style of fitness. I think its fun, and I love what it has done for my body, so it has been easy to stay consistent. Waking up at 5am to hit the gym before work can be rough, but it’s worth it every time because I get to spend an hour doing something I enjoy. Whether it’s yoga, group fitness classes, running, pilates, home workouts, hiking, dancing - find an activity that you enjoy, and stick with it.
2. Eat enough, and eat food that will fuel you.
Listen. Eating 1200 calories a day is not sustainable, especially if you’re an active adult human. In my experience, restricting food intake is not really practical (or fun) in the long-term. Your body needs fuel, so give it what it needs! Opt for veggies,good healthy fats (avocados babyyyy), and high-protein foods over processed carbs, but don’t stress about the occasional cheat. Enjoying a few Girl Scout cookies or a few glasses on wine won’t ruin your progress.
3. Supplements aren’t necessary, but they can help!
Despite all of the supplements we see Instagram fitness influencers promoting all the time, you don’t really need to drop tons of money on supplements in order to reach your fitness goals. That being said, I’ve found that incorporating certain supplements into my routine has made the fitness life a lot easier. I use three different supplements to help me attain my fitness goals. First is protein powder. A protein shake won’t replace a meal for me, but I drink one most mornings when I get home from the gym. The extra protein helps my muscles recover more quickly. Next, is pre-workout. Again - not necessary, but it helps me get moving early in the morning. If you’re trying pre-workout for the first time, I would recommend starting with half a scoop to see how the caffeine affects you. As with other forms of caffeine, you’ll build up a bit of a tolerance for it over time. Finally, during my workouts I drink BCAAs, which taste delightful help with recovery time (think Gatorade). As an added bonus, I end up drink a LOT of water during my gym sessions.
4. Classic exercises > crazy instagram fitness moves.
There’s nothing wrong with trying out a new lift or exercise, but there are some pretty crazy moves on the ole Instagram these days. I follow a ton of fitness accounts, and definitely draw workout inspiration from their posts and suggestions. That being said, classic tried-and-true exercises are classics for a reason. Don’t completely ditch the squats for some crazy instagram moves… just do your squats first (compound moves always come first) and then try out some creative new moves afterwards.
5. Cute gym outfits make going to the gym more fun.
Seriously, putting on a cute gym outfit makes me feel like a million bucks and gets me pumped to go do some fitness. In an ideal world, I could drop a few hundo at lululemon every months but that’s just not where I’m at these days, and cute gym wear doesn’t have to be expensive! Tina and I both enjoy Gymshark, and Amazon even has some great options (like these lululemon align dupes). Look good, feel good, lift good.
6. Keep a backup pair of headphones in your gym bag.
Trust me. There’s nothing worse than getting to the gym and realizing that you left your headphones at home, or forgot to charge them the night before. I usually use Jaybird X3’s but I keep a pair of Apple EarPods in my bag juuuuuust in case. (Shameless plug, check out our January and February Gym Jams Playlists for some fiery gym workout music to bump in your headphones!)
7. Use photos, not the scale, to track your progress.
Whether you’re looking to slim down, build some muscle, or change your body composition, I highly recommend tracking your progress via progress photos. I weight myself maybe once a month, if even that, because the number on the scale doesn’t really matter to me. When I got started with weightlifting, I took weekly photos. Change happens gradually, so looking back at the old photos will show you just how far you’ve come!
I hope these tips were helpful. Cheers, and happy fitness-ing!