‘Cause making a commitment is serious business.

We decided over at Booky that it’s high time to go beyond food and give you more. There’s so much to do and discover and we’re opening up Metro Manila to help you find your flavor starting with fitness and beauty. The new and improved Booky is stronger and cuter than ever.

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The holidays are coming up and what comes with the holidays? Reunions with those titos and titas who not only comment “Tumaba ka” but also constantly ask whether or not you’re already in a relationship. One solution to your problem? Try working out! You’ll not only have a serious relationship with your workout goals but even stop your titos and titas from mentioning anything connected to your weight or size. With only a few months left, here are a few ways you could start committing to your fitness regimen.

10. Consult with your doctor

Yes, you read it right. Which medicine to take isn’t the only thing you should ask your doctor. Although, it’s not a do or die situation, it’s still highly recommended. Doctors can help assess your overall health, check your blood pressure as well as vitals and tell you what your body can or cannot physically handle.

9. Learn to Track your Progress

Whether it’s a number on the scale, the size of your clothes, or even just a simple photo, best if you have a benchmark to remind you of where you started to encourage you to get to where you plan on going – whether that’s having a smaller waistline, losing weight, having a better posture or even gaining muscles.

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8. Schedule your Workout

Bullet journals, planners, calendars, and to-do lists – there’s a plethora of ways you can make sure that you won’t forget to work out for the day. Scheduling your workouts will not only help you schedule other activities around your workout but will, if done right, prevent you from having workout burnout. No half-hearted commitments welcome here.

7. Prepare your Playlist

You know how sometimes you just have to listen to that one song to feel like you can conquer the world? In this case, although you may not conquer the world, if you curate your playlist just right, you may just conquer your workout. It’s suggested that you curate your playlists according to the BPM; You begin with songs that have a low number of BPM and gradually increase the BPM as you continue your workout. You can do that or choose songs with strong beats to make you get up and move or choose songs with personal significance so you can be more motivated.

6. Get Enough Sleep

Seven – the magic number, the number of hours of sleep that you should be getting every night to make sure that you get the most out of your workouts. Getting enough sleep is tantamount to your workouts because of three things: it energizes you, it keeps your hunger hormones in check (no binge eating after workouts), and it helps your muscles to recover right after your workout.

5. Prepare your Workout Gear

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If you think that it’s such a huge inconvenience to prepare your workout bag the night before then imagine this: You’ve just finished your workout and you’re about to go home but you’re drenched in sweat, sunburnt, hungry, and thirsty – not a comfortable feeling is it?  So, might as well prep your bag with some of the essentials: water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, a small towel, and an extra change of clothes.

4. Dress for the Occasion

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Aside from having your workout gear essentials for hassle-free workouts, make sure that you have smooth sailing workouts by wearing the appropriate workout clothes that are made of breathable fabric (like dri-fit shirts) and stretchy material to prevent chafing and blistering. But clothes are not all, if you have the right pair of shoes, you can probably run futher than Forrest Gump ever did (“Run Forrest! Run!”). Tip: Include some red elements in your outfit. It’ll boost your energy levels, excitement and blood circulation.

3. Eat enough, Drink a lot

Believe it or not, making the perfect pre-workout food is as simple as this formula: small carbs + protein = energy. Preparing these kinds of foods is even simpler, just put some ingredients in a blender and you’ll get a pre-workout smoothie that’ll not only energize you but also taste good without having those extra calories (unlike those energy drinks). But if there’s one thing that you really shouldn’t forget, it’s to hydrate yourself with water. It’ll replenish the fluids that you’re sweating out and keep you refreshed before, during, and after your workout.

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2. Warm-up

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Now that you’ve got your clothes, food, and bag prepared, the next thing on the agenda to prepare is yourself. Warming up before your exercises will benefit you in so many ways. It’ll raise your body temperature, increase your range of motions, prepare yourself for what you’re about to do, decrease your chances of injuries, and slowly increase your heart rate until you’re ready to do the hard stuff. A warm-up idea for cardio workouts or strength training is to do lighter versions of the exercise you plan on doing like jogging before running or lifting lighter weights before moving on to heavier weights.

1. Show yourself some #love

Before anything else, you have to establish that no matter what, you will accept whatever failures you will have along the way and celebrate the little victories. You won’t be afraid to begin with baby steps and to keep looking for a workout that you will enjoy. After all, in all honesty, you’re not working out for the people around you but for yourself.

Having a hard time looking for a workout that you might like? Open the fitness tab on Booky to search for fun activities you can do and let us help you get you started!

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Do you even lift (your phone), bro? You can use the Booky app to search for new fitness activities and places to workout. iPhone, Android, no internet, we got you, fam.

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