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5 Improve Your Workout Tips

Quick, Easy, and Unusual Ways to Make Your Workouts Better

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Updated September 24, 2012

Whether you do Pilates, weight training, cardio or any other fitness activity you can use these easy workout tips to make a big difference in the quality of your workouts.

These workout tips are easy and fast ways to jump-start yourself out of being stuck in old exercise habits. Can you add to the list? Once you start thinking about it, I bet you can.

1. Line Your Feet Up

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This is an easy workout tip yet most people let their feet go this way and that without realizing how much it costs them. If your feet aren't lined up right, it has a domino affect all the way up through your knees, hips, pelvis, spine and neck. Plus, if your feet are sloppy your movement will be sloppy and inefficient. You won't be able to lift as much weight, run as far, have good balance or just plain work your body properly.

Most of the time it's a question of keeping your toes in line with your knees -- not too hard. From there, if you take the simple step of figuring out what the basic stance of feet and legs parallel and hip distance apart really is, you will definitely improve your workouts even if your workouts are in motion and don't hold that posture.

2. B-R-E-A-T-H-E!

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What's with everybody pretending they don't need to breathe hard while they workout? You do need to breathe, big time. Even if you don't feel you "need" to take big breaths in your workout, you should consider breathing as fully as possible. Breathing well gets your heart pumping and your circulation moving and that helps detoxify your body. Plus, you need that oxygen to burn calories for energy.

3. Change Your Clothes

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This might seem like a silly workout tip but changing your clothes or gear can help you feel and and see yourself in a new way. Just that extra awareness will have a positive effect on your workouts, not to mention that you could very well up your energy by way of feeling more "spiffy". For those who are in "the same old sweats" routine, many people have said that wearing something form-fitting helped them pull themselves together, literally.

4. Go Slower or Faster

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Whether you use music in a your workouts or not, you can get a fresh connection to any activity by changing the tempo at which you do it.

Our minds and muscles get into habits and we start doing everything, even our exercises, the same way. That's great if you are perfect. However, if you want to get something new into your body, doing a movement faster or slower than usual will allow your body to learn it in a new way. This trick is used in muscular re-patterning. You can apply this workout tip to an individual exercise or move as well as to the rhythm of your overall workout.

5. Take a Private Lesson

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The very second you decide to get a coach or a personal trainer or take a private Pilates or yoga class, your workouts are going to come into much sharper focus. It's going to bring your attention to what you are doing and what you want to be able to do. Then, or course, when you do get your session you are going to learn things that will improve your workouts for a long time to come.

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