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Don't give up, Girlie!

Do you already regret telling your family your big plans for losing weight in the new year? Maybe you just need a change of pace. Take the "blah" out of your routine with these suggestions.

Adding a new step to your already established daily routine can sometimes be a real challenge. When that added step happens to be a new workout plan, it gets even harder. Do you run 10 miles or bond with your little girl over Barbies? Of course, you're going to pick your kid. We get it. There are a few things you can do that will help you stick to your health guns, though.

1

Keep it short

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As long as you're getting your heart rate up and breaking a sweat, there's no reason you need to spend hours in the gym. It might be easier to fit two shorter routines into your day at two separate times instead of squeezing in one long one. The idea is to get up and get moving, not ruin your day.

2

Keep it fun

There are tons of ways to make workouts fun. Instead of weekly coffee meet-ups with your bestie, how about breaking a sweat in a Zumba class together? Get your gossiping done in the steam room afterward. Or use that Wii or Kinect to your advantage by popping in a dance or workout game and having your kids do it, too. Sure, the toddler might not nail the moves, but he'll have fun being silly in the living room with his mama.

3

Squeeze in workouts at unconventional times

Instead of devoting a certain block of time to a certain routine, make up your own. See how many crunches you can do each morning while you're waiting for those waffles to toast. Lift those laundry baskets over your head when you're hauling them through the house. Incorporate some Zumba moves into your vacuuming time or make relaxing yoga an event the whole family can enjoy before bedtime.

4

Change it up

Doing the same routine every day gets insanely boring and makes it harder to want to make time for working out. Rotation workouts are actually encouraged by personal trainers to avoid exhausting one part of your body. You can add even more variety to your workout by spending a little time each Saturday or Sunday combing through the millions of targeted workouts on Pinterest. Print out a few cool ones and then come up with a routine for the week. Make sure to include plenty of cardio, then more specific workouts for your arms, abs and glutes.

5

Reward yourself

Don't go crazy or anything. Rewarding yourself with a massive bowl of rocky road ice cream at the end of each workout is counterproductive. A bowl at the end of each week wouldn't be awful, though. But there are better ways to reward yourself, perhaps with a new workout CD every other week or a new Jillian Michaels DVD once a month. Even better: Splurge on a super cute new workout outfit each time you drop a size. Bonus: Your hubby will love when you finally feel comfortable shedding his high school football T-shirt and winter sweatpants for something a little more fitted.

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