If my fitness routine was a relationship status, it would be “it’s complicated”!
For a month I’m all about it; exercising daily, eating healthy, clearing my mind. Then, as the months start to go on, I start to taper off. Daily exercising turns from every other day to every other week to the point where I’m not exercising at all.
This summer, just like every other one, I vowed to start a fitness plan which consisted of:
- Daily workouts (10 – 30 mins max)
- Eating healthier (cutting down on my sweets, increasing fruit & veggie intake)
- Meditating (15 mins of yoga music – Pandora has a great Meditation playlist)
And to my surprise, I actually stuck with it! But how, you might ask?
I changed my mentality with these 4 tips and plan to keep it in mind past summer.
Starting with small and realistic goals
Before this summer, I would throw myself into these ridiculous fitness programs hoping to see immediate results (I’m talking after one exercise) then getting so disappointed that the motivation to continue was gone.
Measuring out how much time I can devote to exercising – even if that means I do 10 mins one day and 25 the next – and realizing that every little bit counts and will help me be healthier, is my biggest motivation.
Accepting myself and my body
Not to get too deep, but once I realized that trying to attain the “perfection” that’s portrayed to us on social media was ridiculous and downright terrible for my self-esteem/mental health, it completely shifted my main goal for exercising.
For years, I’d been exercising trying to look like the next runway or social media model then getting so frustrated with myself because my body didn’t look like that no matter what I did. News flash, my 5’5” self. can’t. look. 5’10”. Can’t happen won’t happen.
Once that clicked, I started focusing on getting healthy and less on losing the weight
Making it fun
I’ll be honest, working out never seemed fun to me and I couldn’t help but stare in envy at the people smiling while running or working out (you should be dying and reaching for water like me).
To stop making exercise feel like a chore, I started trying different fitness programs that I thought I’d like. Dance class? Barre? Yoga? A ton of fun and it doesn’t even feel like I’m working out!
Point is, when you find a workout that you consider fun, you’ll enjoy it a whole lot more.
Get a Workout Buddy
For those days when I’d feel not so motivated, having a friend/workout buddy was Godsent. Not only were they there to hold me accountable, but we kept each other motivated and even pushed each other to work harder.
Bonus? You can both complain together about how you can’t hold a yoga pose to save your life!
Celebrate your Accomplishments
Sometimes we forget to reward ourselves for all the hard work we’re putting in.
It takes weeks to see real changes, so celebrate even a pound of weight loss or muscle gain.