15 Day Challenge

19 Fitness Hacks

Ever want to just hit the easy button on literally everything? Welcome to my life. With kiddos running around and all the things you have to get done at work, it can be a little tricky making things easier.

That being said, there are plenty of fitness hacks that make life just a bit simpler.

You don’t have to make huge changes to be healthier, sometimes just making one step at a time is the best way!

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1. Make your playlist match your workout pace.

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Okay, so your workout songs can really make or break your motivation. You don’t want to be sprinting and have a slow-jam come on.

So depending on the intensity of the exercise, make your playlist match what you have to do! That way you can stay pumped during your workout.

2. Make your playlist match your workout time.

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By having a playlist that matches your workout time, you can spend less time checking the clock and more time working that booty!

Sometimes we can spend more time resting at the gym than actually working out. Having a playlist that works with your workout can definitely help with that.

3. Track your sleep.

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There are plenty of ways to keep track of your sleep: whether it’s with an app, a Fitbit, Apple Watch, or just plain old you.

You need to make sure you are getting the rest you need for your recovery. Learn more about the added benefits sleep can do for you here!

4. Pack your gym bag the night before going.

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Being prepared for the next day can make those last minute decisions a lot easier. So if you know your schedule for the following day, then pack the things you need to make your life easier.

It doesn’t have to be complicated just make sure that you have your workout clothes or a change of clothes depending on whether you are working out before or after your daily routine.

Something you may want to pack is snacks if you need a little energy. It can be hard to work out especially if you are starving! Having something to chew on might keep you sane. Here is a great healthy snack option.

Also, it would be good to take some pre-workout along. Working out after a long day or in the wee hours of the morning can be super tiring. So if you need an added boost try packing some pre-workout!

5. Sleep in your workout clothes.

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We’ve all been there you wake up in the morning and the last thing you want to do is peel off your PJs. The great thing is that you don’t have to! Why not wear your workout clothes to bed?

They’re usually super comfy so it won’t be that much of a change from your regular clothes. Also, it checks off one less thing you need to do, so you can get out the door faster.

6. Talk with friends.

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Talking with your friends while walking on incline or jogging can help you to enjoy your workout more and can actually help you to breath more normally.

Again this also helps with keeping your mind off of the activity, which can help your endurance build. (You may even lose track of time!)

7. If you hate cardio, run for five minutes in between strength training.

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Again depending on who you are, running or cardio may just not be your favorite but cardio is great for getting your heart rate up.

A great way to do this is hopping on a treadmill for 5 minutes between your sets. Or if you don’t like running you can do the bike, stair stepper, or jump rope. Just think, incorporating 4 sets of 5-minute cardio can add up to 20 minutes of cardio!

8. Watch a movie or tv show on the treadmill.

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Sometimes the best thing you can do while running is not to think about the fact that you’re running. Of course, you always want to make sure you have proper form and breathing, but let’s be honest… sometimes the time seems to go so slow when all you do is watch the clock.

So having a little distraction can really help. Also, that can really help to free up your time too cause you’re killing two birds with one stone.

9. Keep your gym bag in your car

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By bringing a bag full of everything you’ll need, you’re a lot more likely to actually fit a workout in.
Think about all those times you’ve been on your way back from work and had to stop back home to get changed for the gym, only to curl up into some sweats and not step a foot back outside for the rest of the night.

Yeah, it’s hard sometimes.

For that reason, having your gym bag fit with your gym clothes/pre-workout/water can make you much more motivated.

10. Making your breakfast the night before.

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We’ve all been there, it’s morning and you rush out the door without even a thought of breakfast.

The solution? Try doing some meal prepping so that you can hit the ground running! An easy and delicious idea for this is making overnight oats.

Check out this recipe to start making your mornings more delicious!

11. Drink tea to fill you up when you’re craving snacks.

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If you are a big snacker or get super hungry at night, a good little way to fill you up is by drinking some tea.

Tea is a nice way to get a soothing satisfying drink that doesn’t have added calories. Just make sure you’re not throwing in a ton of additives.

12. Keep your alarm away from you so you don’t hit snooze.

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If you want to start working out in the morning, your biggest enemy can become the snooze button. If you sleep with your phone it can be so easy to just keep pressing it and then boom there goes your workout time.

So to avoid doing that, a good tactic is putting your phone or your alarm away from you so that you have to get out of bed to grab it. By having to get out of bed you’ll be more equipped for saying yes to your workout. Just make sure that it’s loud enough for you to hear.

13. Take the stairs.

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The stairs definitely don’t always seem like the best option but finding little ways to increase how active you are every day can definitely help you burn a little extra calories. It’s a great way to increase your endurance as well.

14. Bringing a big water bottle with you wherever you go.

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Water is so great for you because it can help you increase your energy and get rid of waste. The thing is that most of the time we just don’t get enough!

The great thing about carrying around a big ol’ water bottle, is that it definitely helps with making sure you’re getting enough. Just make sure you’re sipping on it throughout your day and refill it!

15. Park farther away.

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(added benefit is that there’s usually more spots too)
Again little changes in your lifestyle can go a long way! Walking is great for you, so getting a few extra steps in your day can be a great way to get a little more activity in.

16. Workout with a buddy to help you stay on track.

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Having someone to help you stay accountable can not only make it more fun, but it can also make you feel more motivated to reach your goals.
Working out with someone else can make it more fun and can help you on those days when it sounds better to just stay in bed.

If you can’t think of anyone to ask then get motivated by joining our private FB group! Share your goals and get the support you need to stay with it!

17. Dress the part.

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Wearing the right clothes for the activity is super important. Having clothes that are ill-fitting and uncomfortable can make it really hard to get a good workout in because it can interfere with having proper form or a full range of motion.

Having good clothes can really help you perform better and can give you more confidence! Learn more about what your clothes can do for you!

18. Go to the gym when it’s not crazy busy.

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Find the right gym time for you to go, so that you’re not stuck there for a super long time. When the gym is super crowded it can be difficult to do your workout. If you have to wait for the machines then that can really increase the amount of time you spend at the gym.

So figure out what times are better either by asking the front desk or for some gyms they even have online statistics you can check out. Another option you can do is doing and at home workout.

This is a great option if you can’t afford a gym or it’s always crazy busy. If you need some great challenges to get you started, check them out here!

19. Change up your routine.

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If you hate your routine or are just not seeing results, then change it up! There are plenty of ways to get the body of your dreams.

So why not try multiple things to find what you love and what works for you! Finding your Fit means finding your way to make your lifestyle healthier! Try some free challenges to get you going on your fitness transformation!

Let’s Wrap It Up

These hacks will definitely let you get your fitness in without changing too many things about your routine. It really comes down to planning ahead.

Through a little bit of pregaming, you can make it a lot easier to get your workout in without making life more difficult. You may be scared of how easy you find it!

For some added help and motivation come join our private IdealFit For Women FB group! Get all the support you need to get you through this journey. We want to make your fitness doable. So let’s get it done Ladies!


Lindsey Mathews

Lindsey Mathews

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Lindsey Mathews is the Head Trainer and Nutritionist at IdealFit. She is a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer, C-ISSN certified sports nutritionist, Pn. 1 certified nutrition coach, and a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor. Before joining IdealFit, she ran the largest boot camp program in Utah County.

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