I know so many people have and start fitness goals at the beginning of the year, I did not. I’ve pretty much been lazy since November and haven’t really been doing much besides a yoga class here and there.
Last year I was in the best shape I’ve ever been in my adult life. I worked at it, but it didn’t really feel like work. I just was naturally motivated to eat healthy and was excited to work out everyday. I remember even on busy days where I only had 15-20 mins in between work I would do quick workouts on my breaks. I felt amazing!
Keeping it real though, this is not my natural state of being. Usually I have to work really hard to get myself to workout and not eat Mexican food 3 times a week. I think the winter months can be even more challenging to keep up your routine but this winter I literally just stopped doing anything. I’m naturally petite so I didn’t gain a ton of weight but one thing that I know is how important exercise is for your brain, not just your body. I need those endorphins to feel happier, have energy and be productive. So I have worked to get out of my rut and get back into a fitness routine. If you are feeling the same way here are some tips that really helped me get back in it.
1. Try something new. Sometimes going back to the exact same thing you were doing before isn’t very exciting and doesn’t challenge you. If you find something fun that you’re not used to you it most likely will take you a few times to find your groove and then you’ll probably find yourself working to get into that level 2 class.
2. Sign up for classes at the beginning of the week. I like to sit down on Sunday evening and plan out all of my workouts for the week (this tip is thanks to Desire of Darling Be Daring). A lot of gyms or studios now have sign up ahead of time and if you’re a no show or cancel last minute you get charged. I don’t like to waste money so this definitely keeps me motivated. Class pass is an awesome option.
3. Grab a buddy. It’s so much more fun to go with someone and it also helps take the scary out of trying a new class on your own. They also hold you accountable to show up.
4. Take progress photos. This is not to be used to talk bad to yourself!!! If you are going to critique your body and talk down to yourself then SKIP this tip. This is a motivation tool for you to pat yourself on the back and say, “Look at that progress! Now let’s keep it going”. I always remember how I was feeling when I take photos so take them when you are feeling great and confident.
5. Set reasonable goals. Don’t go from not working out to working out 6 days a week. It’s okay to start slow and ease into it. Really listen and honor your body, if you get an injury it will really set you back so push yourself, challenge yourself but also know when to stop.