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Get Fitter, Firmer, Faster! 18 Fitness Shortcuts

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6 Tips to Get More Motivated

Rev up your mojo in mere seconds.

Move to improve your 'tude.

Sneak in a morning sweat session and you'll experience the exercise high all day: Research from the University of Vermont in Burlington shows that doing just 20 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise -- brisk walking or easy-paced cycling, for example -- gives you a feel-good mood recharge that lasts up to 12 hours.

Turn your playlist into a pace maker.

Download the free BeatScanner tool at to have it pull the tunes from your playlists that match your tempo, or try the site's Workout Music Studio ($27) to alter the beat of your faves to suit your pace. Result? A never-ending supply of music to help you roll through every workout. And if your tunes could use a refresh, try these bumping hits:

"Don't Stop the Party" - The Black Eyed Peas

Don't Stop the Party - The Beginning (Deluxe Version)

"Till the World Ends" - Britney Spears

Till the World Ends - Femme Fatale (Deluxe Version)

"Where Them Girls At" - David Guetta, featuring Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida

Where Them Girls At (feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida) - Where Them Girls At (feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida) - Single

"Save the World" - Swedish House Mafia

Save the World (Radio Mix) - Save the World - Single

"Dirty Dancer" - Enrique Iglesias with Usher, featuring Lil Wayne

Dirty Dancer (feat. Usher) - Euphoria

See green to enjoy your routine.

A Swiss study of 319 city dwellers determined that they found outdoor workouts more restorative than indoor ones. Find a walking or jogging route on or a nearby bike path at

Chill out to firm up.

Take five at the water fountain to clear your head before you rep: Less-stressed exercisers who lifted weights increased their strength gains by up to 25 percent compared with tenser folks, according to a study at the University of Texas at Austin.

Have a great flex.

A post-workout cooldown can leave exercisers with a that-wasn't-so-tough impression of their last sweat session -- a better mind-set for getting back to the gym the next day. Perform a few soothing stretches before you head for the shower, holding each 20 to 30 seconds.

Divide and conquer any distance.

Imagine mini finish lines along your jogging loop to rejuice your stride and make the time fly. For instance, think in five-mile increments when you tackle double-digit distances, top U.S. marathoner Kara Goucher says. "If I start to get tired, I visualize myself crossing the finish line, which helps me dig a little deeper."

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2011.


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5/23/2014 06:27:43 PM Report Abuse
truehistorii wrote:

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2/17/2014 02:15:13 PM Report Abuse
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11/6/2013 09:34:26 AM Report Abuse
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9/10/2013 02:04:00 AM Report Abuse
slashchilla wrote:

I try to keep "active" outside the gym, so that my 1-2 hours of workouts aren't the only exercise I get. The main thing is the yoga belly. In pilates, they teach you how to hold your abs to keep them engaged and work them in any pose. I try to do this all day to increase ballence and core strength while keeping my abs engaged. It sucks, but my six pack doesn't lie. It works.

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