Hey, fit gal!! Ready to make fitness actually enjoyable for yourself?! If so, then you’re going to love these fitness tips for women!
You see… Years back, I seriously dreaded exercise… Every. single. time. I did it!
It made it to where I never wanted to go to the gym and, when I did go, I would piddle paddle around and do a few things just to check “gym” off my to-do list… And then get my booty out of there as quickly as I could!
However, that is NOT the case anymore! Because of these women’s fitness tips I’m about to share with you, I now truly ENJOY going to the gym! Not once, not twice or three times, but FIVE times a week! (And sometimes I even crave exercise on my rest days haha!)
I don’t feel like I’m dying in my workouts anymore. Fitness is a fun part of my everyday life! And it can 100% be this way for you too. ☺️ Enjoy my top 10 health and fitness tips and let me know in the comments if you have any questions!
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Top Fitness Tips for Women
Top 10 Health and Fitness Tips for Enjoyable Exercise
Time to hit some fitness goals, ladies! 💪🏼
Women’s Fitness Tip #1
Focus on your breathing more than you focus on your body.
When you can learn to do this, it’s an absolute GAME-CHANGER and one of the things that helped me stop hating, and start LOVING, exercise!
To clarify, yes, it is important to focus on how you are moving your body (i.e. good form, etc.)… However! If you will teach yourself to be very mindful of your breath patterns, you will be able to do more, for a longer period of time, without feeling completely winded!
What I mean by this is as follows:
- According to what type of exercise you’re doing, find a rhythm with your breath that matches it. For example, if you’re doing jump squats, inhaling at the top of your jump each time… exhaling in the squat position.
- Strive to hold whatever breath pattern you choose for the duration of the workout!
- Your breath pattern will definitely speed up as you get heated, but keeping the pattern steady and under control is huge!
Women’s Fitness Tip #2
When you’re in the middle of a workout and all you’re thinking about is how badly you want it to be over or how you’re dreading the next movement in the round… you’re not present and this actually makes things WAY harder on yourself!
Focus on the movement you’re currently doing. Say an exercise prayer and ask God to help you take control of your thoughts and stay in this current moment! (2 Corinthians 10:5)
When you find your mind trying to wander to the next part of your workout, focus back on your breathing. Think about how the breath feels going down your throat and into your lungs.
Women’s Fitness Tip #3
Give yourself grace.
One of the least beneficial things you can do for yourself in exercise is to beat yourself up.
Every bit of effort you’re putting in counts, sis, even if you have a day when you don’t feel so strong or are moving just to get it done.
Remember this: You are a woman with hormones that are constantly fluctuating. So you’re not going to feel on top of the world every day, in every workout. On the days when you just feel “blah,” it’s okay! Have an “I’m just here to move” workout, get it done, and then go on with your day. ☺️
Women’s Fitness Tip #4
Good form > getting another rep in.
Never compromise your form in order to get another rep. Trust me, injuring yourself is a sure way to make exercise less enjoyable for you!
Protect your body so that you’re still able to exercise down the road, regardless of your age.
Women’s Fitness Tip #5
When running, run at a pace where you could still carry on a conversation with someone.
Such a simple fitness tip for women to follow that can completely change the game!
Doing this causes you to pace yourself, which makes the workout so much more enjoyable! And when it’s enjoyable, you won’t dread it next time!
Women’s Fitness Tip #6
Create a strategy before you begin.
Here’s an example:
Say you’re doing a 15 minute AMRAP of 15 air squats, 10 push-ups, 5 pull-ups…
If you know you struggle with air squats, plan ahead of time to break them up. Say “I’m going to do 3 sets of 5.” Then… you move on to the push-ups!
This actually takes us right into fitness tip number 7…
Women’s Fitness Tip #7
Plan your breaks.
If you can guess that you’re going to get pretty winded in your workout, then schedule in a few quick breaks ahead of time.
For example, if a workout has 20 barbell lunges in it, and you know that doing that many reps is going to be tough for you, then decide ahead of time that you’re going to do 4 sets of 5 of the lunges. Put the barbell down each time, and take 2-3 big breaths, then pick it back up again!
Women’s Fitness Tip #8
Fully appreciate your rest days.
You’ve earned this day. 💓 enjoying it fully will make you more excited to get back to the gym the following day.
Women’s Fitness Tip #9
Involve yourself in a fitness community.
I would argue that community is not only helpful, but also essential in your fitness journey.
Whether it’s joining an online women’s fitness community like mine (hehe), becoming a member at a local CrossFit box, or just finding a workout partner to train with you at home… Having the encouragement and accountability can make exercising seriously SO much more enjoyable!
God designed us for community, sis. So get out there and let some people love on you.
Women’s Fitness Tip #10
Knock out 2 birds with one stone by doing resistance HIIT training.
I’ll never forget the dreadful days when I thought I had to run on the treadmill or pump(?) on the elliptical for hours a week in order to lose body fat…. And then also take ADDITIONAL time to do a little strength training to build some muscle!
Try HIIT training with a form of resistance! Whether that’s utilizing dumbbells, a barbell, resistance bands, or even your own body weight! You can definitely get your heart rate high enough at home to burn massive calories, while also simultaneously building lean muscle that looks oh so good in your summer bikini.
Your Women’s Fitness Questions Answered 😘
How can a woman get a fit body at home?
There are such a variety of exercises you can do from home, even exercises that only involve using your own body weight!
Also try some of these fun CrossFit workouts you can do from home!
How can I have a flat tummy?
At the end of the day, having a flat tummy mostly has to do with diet. Focus on eating whole foods, removing processed foods from your diet, and eating plenty of fiber.
If you’re eating enough fiber and are still experiencing bloat in your belly, track how many times you go “poo” each week. If you’re not going at least once a day, you may want to get on a probiotic.
How do beginners get fit?
Well, first, you start with applauding yourself! 👏🏽 you go girl.
Make sure to read through the above list of 10 fitness tips for women, as they will help make your journey more enjoyable!
However, I want to encourage you to start slow so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
For example, if ultimately you want to workout 5 days per week, but you haven’t exercised in a few years… It’s probably not best to come out of the gate trying to accomplish 5 workouts per week to start. Such an extreme change may cause you to feel overwhelmed and want to throw in the towel.
Instead, choose to start with 1-2 days per week. Get really used to that and stick with it for a month or so, and then add in a third day! And so on.
How can I get in shape fast?
Ultimately, you’ve got to slow down and know that getting fit is a journey, not a sprint. It doesn’t happen overnight, but there are a few key things you can do to get fit more quickly!
- Drink a gallon of water per day. (These gallon jugs can be SO helpful in that.)
- Try intermittent fasting.
- Take advantage of resistance HIIT training.
- Cut out processed foods and fast food.
Is a 20 minute workout enough?
Any exercise is better than no exercise! If 20 minutes is all you have, then great! Just make sure you’re truly giving it your all for those 20 minutes, so you can make it count. 💪🏼
I hope you loved these fitness tips for women!
Please comment below if you have any questions or need additional help! You can also message me on Instagram and I’m happy to chat with you!