Fitness. It's on everyone's brain. I mean, it's January - the most popular month for exercise thanks to New Years resolutions. But what if there were some tips that would help us not fizzle out on our goals by February? Thankfully, there are.
It's so important to find a workout that you enjoy. If you played sports in high school and miss those days of conditioning, a bootcamp style workout may be a good fit for you. If music motivates you, maybe jogging, walking, or running outside with you iPod is better. If you prefer weights, you can concentrate on strength training. If you used to cheer or dance, there are dozens of dance workouts available. Activities you dread are easy to dismiss, but you will always be more consistent with things you like to do. (Contact me if you want to talk further about a plan that is right for you - I love helping people find their soul mate workout!)
Write it down. Schedule your workouts just like you would book a meeting at work. If you plan to work out on your lunch break and a co-worker asks you to go to lunch, say you’ve already got an appointment. You do — with yourself! Would you back out of an important meeting at the last minute just because you didn’t feel like it? Hopefully not. Plan your workouts a week in advance, write it down in your calendar, and stick to it.
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Consistency involves consistently changing up your routine. If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get the same results. So, if you want your body to change, you’ve got to change something you do. For example, I teach strength training classes. I have a few people who rarely miss a week. They are extremely consistent. But some of them are still using the same weights they were using a year ago, and their bodies aren’t changing. Few gym frustrations are worse than putting in the time to workout without seeing results. Make a commitment to change something everytime you work out. Lift heavier. Wear weighted gloves to kickboxing. Run on incline. You don’t have to change your activity — just make small adjustments to your routine.
Have a "why" that is deeper than a smaller pants size. Sure, losing weight will be good motivation for a while, but after the a few weeks, the weight doesn't come off as quickly. Instead of focusing on the scale, make the reason you work out to be a healthier mom to your children or a better partner in ministry to your spouse. Those things are closer to your heart and will motivate you much more than any number.