20 Unique Tips To Help Lazy People Get In Better Shape

Make Time

Make Time

This can be taken even more literally than you think. Or perhaps less. I guess it all depends on how literally you took it, doesn't it?

Anyway, if your friend from the office tells you all about how they do a workout before work and it sets them up for the day, you may start to think that this is the path for you. Perhaps but perhaps not. If your body doesn't respond to getting up early and getting it done then do it in the evenings. Either way, just do it (do I have to pay Nike money for using that last sentence?).

Walk During Long Phone Conversations

Walk During Long Phone Conversations

When your mother calls so she can fill you in on what's happening back home (that is, how many people you don't really remember that have an aunty who got cancer that week) you know you're in for the long-haul, right? So take advantage of that time and hit the sidewalk.



Simple Carbs

Simple Carbs

To get the most out of a workout, you're going to want to have the energy to get through it - especially if you're a little reluctant anyway. So fuel up on simple carbs in the leadup to the workout - perhaps about 30 minutes prior. And if you're so lazy that you can't be bothered Googling what simple carbs are, here's a start.... but really though, you don't want to go crazy. A banana, honey perhaps...steer clear of the candy, obviously!

Make Goals

Make Goals

You're not going to wake up tomorrow and be buff. Nor are you going to wake up next week and be buff (unless you wake up in a southeast Asian medical resort offering cheap lipo, that your other half booked you (them) as a gift.

You need to plan and you need to set goals. There's no way around this. Do it (avoided the Nike thing).



Stay On The Couch

Stay On The Couch

If you must stay on the couch (because you've developed a close bond over the years) then stay. But use it to your advantage. You'll be surprised to learn that you can actually do exercises with the help of your couch!

Tunes!

Tunes!

Multiple studies have proven that the right selection of tunes offers a mountain of inspiration. It's really whatever does it for you. If you're not in to the monotonous "bam-bam-bam" of those typical electronic workout songs you hear at the gym, then perhaps early-90s second wave Norwegian black metal will do the trick. Or you know, whatever you're in to. Just not Celine Dion - that won't work.



Situps and Pushups

Situps and Pushups

If you really don't know where to start because you've never exercised before (or it was so long ago that it might aswell have been a past life) then start small. Go with 10 pushups and 10 situps. Once you can do that, aim higher, and so on...

Follow Inspirational People

Follow Inspirational People

It's all good and well following Loki The Wolfdog on Instagram, but that will only get you so far (not to mention the confusion between Loki The Wolfdog and Loki, the guy who used to go out with Taylor Swift). Loki is cute and all but will not provide you with the inspiration you need based on the fact that Loki is a dog. Or a wolf. Or a wolfdog.

Either way, following inspirational people on social media just might give you the determination you need when you you're struggling to find it. How about The Rock? Everybody loves The Rock?!



Pack Your Bags

Pack Your Bags

If you take your lunch to work with you then perhaps you make it the night before. If so, pack a workout bag at the same time. Easy.

Power Down

Power Down

If stroking a cat (not a euphemism) relaxes you, then do that before bed and power down all social media and in fact, all technology, about one hour before you sleep. That''' ensure your sleep is quality which will filter in to your energy levels when you're awake.



Get A Sleep Mask

Get A Sleep Mask

It doesn't have to be quite so traumatic-AF as this one, but you get the idea. It might sound like a minor detail but again, enough cannot be said about the importance of sleep when it comes to making the most out of your day.

Don't Force It

Don't Force It

Go to the gym and check out the people running on the treadmills. I can guarantee you that not all of them are enjoying it. Why do it then?! Seriously, if it's an absolute drag to labor away on the belt then find another activity that makes you want to do it. It might be the rowing machine, it might be tennis, anything.... But there's no rule book which states that it has to be boring.



Good Shoes

Good Shoes

Then there's the shoes. You can run in flip-flops if you like, but only for so long before your feet give way and you need to see an orthopedic surgeon. While it might sound stupid to run in flip-flops, any other footwear that isn't the right shoe for the job also dabbles in stupidity. Get a decent pair of cross-trainers or running shoes - anything with the necessary support. You're going to need it and be thankful that you made the purchase.

Support A Cause

Support A Cause

For many people it can feel a bit silly just exercising for the sake of it (yes, I do understand that exercising is for the sake of your health but not everybody takes such a mature approach us we do, okay?) but if you find an organized event, not only does it give you a cause but you can have quite a bit of fun too.

 



Have A Goal

Have A Goal

Have a goal. Have a plan.

Yes, I know that the goal pictured has a hole in it but what you must realize is that the goal in the picture is an actual literal goal from a sport of some sort (most likely soccer, or "football" as the Europeans and South Americans call it - how cute).

What we're referring to is a goal that you can tick off. You want to set a goal that means you'll run (cycle, swim, row) a certain distance in a certain time, or that you'll lift a certain amount, etc.

Then you work to beat that as the days, weeks and months go on...

Coffee

Coffee

At this point I just wanted to remind everyone a few things about coffee...

1) it's awesome because it tastes nice

2) it's awesome because it has no calories

3) it's awesome because it gives you energy

You're welcome.



Getting Comfortable

Getting Comfortable

I'm too scared to ask but I'm praying that these people just got out of a time machine from about 1988. But then again, if they're happy and comfortable then I'm totally cool with their attire. And that is the point; to workout to the best of your ability you are going to want clothes that feel comfortable, but it also doesn't hurt to make sure that those clothes look okay too... I mean, if you're motivated by looking better and better in your clothes then that isn't a bad thing. Anything that gets the results, right?

Positivity

Positivity

You don't have to be New Age-y to accept that thinking in a positive fashion will breed further positivity in turn. It's only natural. Remember to be kind to yourself!



Be Realistic

Be Realistic

If you're looking in the mirror and wanting to see pre-Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger but you don't have the canvas to paint on, then you're setting yourself up for disappointment. My point is, sure Arnie had a work ethic that leaves most to shame but even with that attitude, you're not going to get there without the genetic predisposition to go with it.

It's important to be realistic. Aim to be the very best version of yourself that you can be. Only then will you ever have a hope of finding happiness through exercise, and surely that's the goal, right? Happiness?

Don't Be Intimidated In The Weights Room

Don't Be Intimidated In The Weights Room

And lastly - don't be intimidated in the weights room. Once again, every person who goes to the gym is different, and the place represents a cross-section of the community as a whole (except usually without the junkies). Don't see a massive dude/chick lift huge and then feel bad about yourself when you can't.
You're not competing against him/her - only the person you were yesterday.

It might also be good to remember that you have your own skills that he/she might not have. Try this; pick the hugest steroid-looking freak in the gym, call him a handful of obscene names and then run. I bet he can't catch you. See, you might be small but damn you're fast!