Don't we all feel great when we can fit into our favorite pair of jeans we haven't worn in a while or feel super awesome in a new workout outfit! Set a goal for yourself for the week/month and if you reach it, treat yourself to something like a new workout top or a new pair of jeans! Have you heard that saying "don't reward yourself with food, you're not a dog!" Find a little happy that you can treat yourself with when you meet new goals
2. Turn Your Workout Into An Event
Just as you would schedule drinks with friends or your Dr.'s appt. Schedule your workout. It's part of your day to day schedule and you don't miss it! Find a time in your routine that you fit in your workout and keep it consistent. With a consistent workout time we're more likely to stick with it as it becomes normal and part of our regular schedules!
3. Have A Fitness Plan
Write down your short term and long term goals and plan out your workouts. WRITE THEM DOWN! Schedule in your workouts at a certain time, day of the week, and what workout you're doing. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
4. Make Yourself Accountable
Find someone to hold you accountable. Don't try to do it on your own. Sometimes that extra accountability from someone can be the missing piece to the "get fit" puzzle. If you don't have or know of someone ask me!! That's what I'm here for!
5. Face Your Fitness Fears
Don't be afraid to try a new workout or fitness plan. To see different results you have to try different things! And sometimes, once we face those fears we realize it wasn't as bad as we'd thought!
6. Stay Fueled
Nutrition is key. Fuel your body with proper, whole foods and eat several small meals through out the day to keep your metabolism going. I always start my day with Shakeology to fuel my body to its prime!
7. Stop Making Excuses
We can be our most creative when it's time to avoid a workout. I can come up with endless excuses not to go: 'I don't have time,' 'Today is the perfect day to scrub my bathroom floor!' 'I really need to alphabetize my spice drawer.' But if I have a very busy day, I'll go out and just run one mile. That run takes less than 10 minutes. Who can honestly say they don't have 10 minutes to devote to their health and happiness?
8. Keep It Simple
We can easily overcomplicate a workout and what we need to do. Keep it simple by learning these four exercise staples: the squat, the dead lift, pull-ups (assisted or not), and push-ups. If you challenge yourself with these four exercises, plus a cardio program you actually enjoy, three to four times a week, you will see a change (and you've saved yourself a lot of stress!).
9. Change Your Perspective
The label 'workout' is a buzz-kill. Why should something that makes you feel good be called 'work'? Change your label to 'me time.' Write it in your calendar and watch your perception change. Exercise is your reward, not a punishment. Me-time that happens consistently is the ultimate reward for all the other hard "work" you do in your real life.
10. Find Your Inspiration and WHY
First, identify a powerful reason for working out. Something uniquely personal. This will tie massive emotion to your goal which will drive you off the starting block and keep you going. [If your inspiration is how you look], then, put a current photo of yourself in a bathing suit somewhere you can see — the fridge, your phone, wherever. Put an inspirational photo right next to it. This visual reminder of what you're working for sends powerful signals to your brain to get your butt moving!
11. Get Selfish
Make your workout your time. Focus on what parts of your workout make you feel the strongest and the happiest. Celebrate those moments! And stop comparing yourself — everyone's journey is totally different, yet everyone has a similar goal of working hard and feeling good. And listen to your body. If something hurts, like physical pain, it's your body telling you to back off. And that's OK. You don't have to always 'push through'; sometimes, that will do more damage than just taking it easy for the day. Be okay with that. Don't feel guilty for taking time for yourself to workout and get healthy. We need to be the best possible versions of ourself so that we can give better to our families and kids. There's NOTHING wrong with that.
12. Don't Give Up
We all fall of the "wagon" and we all struggle. Every single day. It's ok. It's part of the journey. Don't let one, or two, setbacks give you reason to quit. Start over and go back to your inspiration and your why and keep pushing. Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.
If you feel like you need some help getting started, please reach out to me via one of the outlets below! I would love to talk to you and get to know you and your goals!