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If you’re one of those people who dread working out I want to share with you my secret steps for workout success. These simple tips will help double your chances for reaching your weight loss goals.

1. Find a Workout Buddy

Staying committed to a workout schedule can be difficult. That is why I recommend finding a workout buddy. This can be a friend, co-worker, loved one, etc. Pick someone who will hold you accountable, someone who will make you feel guilty if you cancel on them. Having a workout buddy will keep you motivated, hold you accountable, and support you throughout your journey to a new lifestyle. Not to mention working out with a buddy is scientifically proven to DOUBLE your performance.

2. Find a Playlist That Gets You Moving

Playing upbeat high tempo music when you workout stimulates your senses with energy which allows you to give it your all during your workout. You can create a playlist or you can stream one. Streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora have playlists already made for working out. Browse these playlists on your streaming service and find one that motivates you. My personal favorites, of course, are Drake and One Taylor Swift.

3. Start Your Week at the Scale

It used to be that you were supposed to weigh yourself once a day, but no more. Today’s nutritionists will tell you, and I agree that you can keep your motivation at its highest by stepping on the scale once a week in the morning. Pick the same day and time each week to weigh yourself. I have my clients do it every Monday upon rising after using the bathroom.  Don’t fret if you see some fluctuations. Your weight can go up a pound or two based on retained liquid, sodium or due to your menstrual cycle, but as long as you follow my plans you’ll steadily lose the pounds away.

4. Take a Weekly Selfie

I cannot stress enough the importance of taking a photo weekly. You’ll be able to detect in your photos changes that a scale won’t show you; This is especially important when you want to lose a moderate or small amount of weight. Without visible evidence of your body’s changes, you won’t be able to notice the subtle improvements that can be seen in a picture. When taking selfie shoot your picture at the same time of day on the same day every week. Wear the same clothes for each picture and take your picture in the same location. Make sure your photo captures your entire body. Stand in the same posture with your feet together and your hands slightly away from your sides.

5. Stand MORE

By simply standing more you can burn an additional 300 calories a day. Now I don’t mean that you should stand all day long, but a good goal is to try and get up and move at least once an hour. This could mean going to the bathroom or doing a short walk around the office or even getting a standing desk. You can remind yourself to stand by setting an alarm on your phone that goes off every hour throughout the day that says “stand”, or you could even get a fitness tracker like and Apple Watch that tracks your standing and sends standing alerts throughout the day. This simple movement will keep your lower body more toned and keep your metabolism going.

6. Get to Steppin’

Your goal should always be to move more. This comes down to knowing how many steps you take each day. I would recommend getting a pedometer or fitness tracker. The goal is to get 10,000 steps per day. For a fairly active person, this is no big deal. However, if you start tracking your steps and realize you are way under, aim to increase your daily steps by 1,000 until you reach 10,000.

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