“Don’t go through life, grow through life”
Hello my lovelies!
Working out is simultaneously one of my favorite things to do and also the bane of my existence. Like any human being, my desire to stay active and maintain my progress ebbs and flows. In spite this, I’ve come up with several handy tips and tricks to keep myself motivated and excited to continue on my fitness journey, and I will be sharing these ideas with you in today’s blog post.
Let’s Get Started:
Do Things That Excite You –
I love going to the gym. It is honestly one of my favorite parts of the day and I spend most of my time happily looking forward to it. I’ve also recently discovered that I like rock climbing as a vigorous exercise activity and have been going to rock climbing gyms when I can. My point is, you don’t have to go to the gym or run for long distances outside if those aren’t in your wheelhouse. Take a Zumba class. Try kickboxing. What about hot yoga. These are all valid options to get your heart rate and metabolism going, so long as you’re staying active for at least 30 minutes. You should be excited to work out, not dread it.
Timing is Everything –
Some may not agree, but I think it is completely acceptable to prioritize your exercise time as an important and necessary part of your day. As I’ve said in the past, self care isn’t selfish, and staying active is a form of self care. A workout, even if you’re doing a group class, is the ultimate alone time. You have at least 30 minutes to clear your mind and only focus on the strenuous task of exercise. My best workouts are when I am my most anxious and stressed, because it is the best outlet for me to release those feelings. Make your workout a part of your day and let it be just for you. You are allowed to take care of yourself.
Reward Yourself for Progress –
When I first started trying to build my workout habit, I decided to create a reward system to keep me motivated. I no longer need that reward system, but letting myself have treats once I had completed my workout plan for the week is what initially kept me going until my habit was officially ingrained into my head. For me, giving myself $5 at the end of the week as spending money that I could either use then or accumulate over time is what motivated me to work hard. As a makeup enthusiast on a budget, I knew I couldn’t randomly spend money on makeup whenever I wanted it, so working out became a great way to force myself to not only stay active, but spend and save wisely for what I wanted. Please note you should absolutely not do this with food, as food should never be used in a reward/consequence system.
Selfie Time –
Yes, I am that person taking selfies in the gym mirrors, but it isn’t because I have a vanity problem. I am a firm believer in taking photos frequently to help track my progress, and the science backs me up. The left photo is when I first started out with my gym membership in November, and the right is from mid January. The progress I’ve made is pretty clear when comparing both photos, and it not only motivates me to keep improving, but it keeps me accountable. I’m proud of the hard work I’m putting in and want to continue to see progress, and the only way I can do that is by taking seemingly vain selfies and watching my goals inch closer. Remember that this is all for you, not other people, so why should you care what anyone else thinks when you snap a quick pic in the mirror anyway?
Take a Break –
I work out five times a week, but it didn’t start out that way and I will never go past that magic number of five. The great thing about consistent exercise is that you’re SUPPOSED to take two days off in between workouts. Now by take some time off, I don’t mean completely vegetate on the couch and only move from one seat to the other, I mean don’t do anything that would make you sweat profusely. The idea is to do some active recovery, which means that you’re not working out, but you’re not not working out either. A brisk twenty minute walk or some yoga are great ways to let your body recover from the day before, and your workouts will drastically improve overall if you allow yourself active recovery days. It simply isn’t sustainable to participate in strenuous activity every day of the week, and that’s completely normal. Instead, find ways to let your body heal after those tough workouts. You’ll thank yourself later. And yes, that last photo is completely irrelevant, but I really wanted all of you to see Sushi for a change.
That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a wondrous Wednesday!
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