5 tips to keep up with your workout routine

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This post could be a long one! I've been a certified fitness instructor, I've got a lot to say in terms of my ideas of balance, things that have worked for me in the past versus things that haven't, and I generally am passionate about the subject! But to be honest, I think it's just all too much to fit into one post! So I decided to keep it short(er) today and just share a (fairly) quick 5 things I currently do/tell myself to keep up with my workout routine on a regular basis.


​​​​​​Gym class doing push-ups on kettlebells

Business As Usual
Forget about what the weekend entailed, the day before, the meal before... just don't worry about what you're bringing into the workout prior to lacing up! Whether it's laziness or a little too much indulgence. Just treat the next time you're back at it (whether it's days or months or years!) in terms of fitness as business per usual! Don't tell yourself to 'push it harder' or that you're 'paying for it'. I honestly just never feel like that mentality helps! Why walk into the gym/workout class/living room with your home gym set up or however you sweat with the idea that you've failed so you better work hard to fix it. Talk about a lack of grace with yourself! Just get back into it and listen to your body and how it's feeling. If it's struggling and still feeling the effects of too much Chick Fil A, then listen to it and maybe ease into things a bit more! So what! You're there, you're doing it. Be proud of that! Let yourself acclimate to what your body is telling you and be patient with it as you push it to a level that is obtainable in that workout!

Choose Something Fun!
Confession: Yoga makes me uncomfortable and Crossfit makes me cry. And oh my word, that's totally okay! Those are my own personal sentiments! And if I don't have fun doing those workouts, then, um....I don't have to do them! You know what I think is fun? Treadmill incline workouts while catching up on Fixer Upper, lifting weights by myself to music, power walking through the neighborhood, talking a spin class here and there, and Zumba. I truly love all of those workouts! I have fun doing them, I feel a balance of pushing myself and also enjoying working out, and also just plain feel good after each time I do them! So that's what works for me. What works for you?! What feels fun and encouraging? What would you look forward to doing even if you took time away from it or overindulged the day before going? Do that and don't even worry about the rest!

Have the Right Gear
I'm going to ask a tough-love question. Please don't hate me. This truly is out of love. Okay, here it goes. Are you currently working out in items that either don't fit, are worn out, have holes in them, are severely dated, are the equivalent to what you'd clean your bathroom in, don't make you feel pretty or feel your best... or a combination of it all? If 'yes' to any of the above, let's just take a moment. Okay, moment over. Time to go shopping!!! Bite the bullet and budget for a workout attire refresh! You need to be able to work out safely (i.e. the right kind of shoes that aren't worn down), you need to be comfortable (i.e. clothing down to undergarments that actually fit), and you need to feel good (i.e. the baggy shirts with holes aren't doing anyone a favor)! I promise that if you're wearing your best, you'll stay motivated to be feeling your best! Pretty sure it's science 😉

Tell a Friend
I really believe accountability is key. Maybe you need a workout buddy to tag team getting your behinds to a class or to the gym or out on a walk! Or maybe you much prefer your workouts to be your alone time (that's me!). Then maybe just tell a friend that you're planning on going to the gym! Maybe you even give that friend specifics on your workout or your goals with working out as a whole! It's just so nice to be able to tell someone who you feel safe and comfortable with so that they not only can keep you accountable, but encourage you as well! Ps. I do recommend this friend to be someone besides your significant other or hubby. Love them, but sometimes they don't quite have the right words to say to be encouraging the way a girlfriend does! #justsaying

Realize the Big Picture
Honestly, my heart hurts at the word 'diet'. I cringe at the idea of 'bootcamp'. Not because either are bad whatsoever, but because I just think of them as temporary and restricting. I've figured out for myself personally... I don't do well with restricting when it comes to diet and exercising. I just have to think big picture in order to keep myself motivated! I ask myself this question, "will a weeks worth of intense workouts and a month-long of serious limitations with my diet be something that is obtainable for me a year from now?" If the answer is 'no', then I don't think it's wise for me to put the pressure on myself to do it and do it perfectly. OF COURSE I mean that for me as an individual, and I highly recommend you speak with your doctor in terms of what your needs are (i.e. food intolerances/allergies, diet restrictions, weight loss/gain, etc.). And speaking of docs, I think they're a great resource to obtain a healthy mindset with that 'big picture idea' of living a healthy and happy life with positive and 'good for you' lifestyle choices! Because that's what this is all about in the end, right?! Sure, looking good in a bikini is great... but it's not/shouldn't be the sole reason we exercise and work out! We just have to remind ourselves that the reason we should beworking out is for our HEALTH and not for our vanity. So maybe that does mean you're into a diet that its obtainable for you and makes you feel awesome in the long run! Or maybe you kill it at your bootcamp class on a daily or weekly basis! Get it girl! Just don't forget to remind yourself why you do it all in the first place 🙂

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Okay, those are my thoughts for now! I know it can all be a touchy/personal topic... but like I said, this is what I have to work on reminding myself consistently and what has helped me have a healthy mindset in it all. If this post at all resonated, or felt helpful, or if you want to hear more, will you please let me know?! Email me or write me a comment! After all, I first started blogging about health and fitness with my first site back in college while I was working as a fitness instructor, so I'm happy to share a bit more here and there on amybethcampbell.com if it's desired!

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Aries: martial arts

Fiery Aries is independent, highly active, and she loves to win. Her ruling planet is Mars—the Roman god of war. Since she has a warrior spirit, this workout (think karate, aikido, tae kwon do, jujitsu, and kick-boxing) suits Aries perfectly—giving her strength, flexibility, speed, and the ability to defend herself.

Other workouts to try: competitive sports and interval training.

Taurus: weight lifting

Taurus is the original gym rat. Since her sign rules the physical body and the senses, she knows how important it is to keep her body fit and feeling good. She has inherent inertia, meaning once she’s motion, she stays in motion. Since she can be a little bit stubborn, Taurus has to make the choice to get going—but after she does, nothing can stop her. For these reasons, a good weight-training program is excellent for her. She can always adapt it to suit her ever-evolving progress.

Other workouts to try: anything endurance-related, like long-distance running or jogging, cycling, and triathlons.

Gemini: group exercise classes

Social butterfly Gemini is high-energy and she loves to be around people. She can get distracted quickly, so the structure and variety of a group exercise class helps to keep her focused. If she can find an instructor who teaches her about fitness during the class, all the better—after all, Gemini loves to learn. The activity boosts her mood while helping her clear her mind and tone her body. (Win-win-win!)

Other workouts to try: walking with friends and five-minute routines.

Cancer: yoga

The Cancer babe is ruled by the moon, AKA her emotions. She loves the mind-body connection that yoga offers her. It helps her to find her inner stability and balance her emotions, all while giving her a full-body workout. Plus, the meditative practice lets her feel perfectly in sync.

Other workouts to try: water aerobics and swimming.

Leo: play

Leo doesn’t always have the patience for the gym, but she knows that she needs to keep her heart and her body in tip-top shape. Her best solution? Play. Whether it’s with the dog, children, or on a sports team, Leo loves to have fun and act like a kid again. Any activity that feels like amusement instead of work will keep her motivated and healthy.

Other workouts to try: dancing, trampoline jumping, hula hooping, and ice skating.

Virgo: Pilates

The structure and exactitude of Pilates suits detail-oriented Virgo perfectly. Joseph Pilates (a Virgo rising!) designed this fitness method to strengthen and align the body, which suits Virgo just fine—efficiency is a must for her. The Virgo babe is highly intelligent, practical, and methodical. She loves this systematic workout because it gets results and helps her feel really good in her body.

Other workouts to try: yoga, weight lifting, and IntenSati.

Libra: dance

Graceful Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty, and relationships. She’s intelligent and yearns to feel balanced and healthy in her body. As dancing is lively, varied, social, and fun, it’s the perfect workout for the Libran sensibility. She would often rather forget that she is working out, so she especially loves that she can get caught up in the rhythm of the music. Dancing makes her feel totally alive, vibrant, and connected—score!

Other workouts to try: group exercise classes, tennis, any activity done with a partner, Pilates, and yoga.

Scorpio: Spinning

Sultry Scorpio is intense and driven. She loves the feeling of working it, and Spinning lets her dig in to realize the full force of her power. (A fun and intense workout in a dark room? So Scorpio.) Plus, she can ride the waves of enthusiasm generated by a brilliant instructor. All-out exertion is good for her, as she wants to completely let go. As an added bonus, Scorpio rules the pelvis, and cycling is said to be well-suited to women seeking pelvic floor exercises.

Other workouts to try: pole dancing, belly dancing, yoga—especially Ashtanga or Kundalini—and (of course) sex.

Sagittarius: jogging outdoors

Sagittarius is outdoors-loving and intelligent. She loves to challenge herself and explore the world, and jogging outside in nature keeps her in forward motion. The activity helps her use up her boundless energy, strengthen her body, and see new things. Don’t turn to the treadmill, however—there’s nothing a Sagitarrius hates more than to feel stuck. Bonus points: The endorphin high she gets from extended cardio activity matches her naturally optimistic attitude.

Other workouts to try: archery, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, and walking.

Capricorn: rock climbing

Capricorn the goat represents the climb to the top of the mountain—and that can translate literally into the perfect workout for these ambitious souls. Capricorn wants to be able to see the task ahead of her, and completing it feels super-satisfying. She’s not afraid of hard work, and she is always looking for a new achievement. Even better, each climb helps her build her physical strength and her self confidence.

Other workouts to try: hiking, weight training programs.

Aquarius: circus workouts

Aquarius is not afraid of being a little bit weird—she’s an outlier and a creative innovator. Above all else, she hates to be bored at the gym. Circus workouts or adult gymnastics suit her magical and transcendent personality just fine. She has a lot of stamina and perseverance, so she’s not afraid of diving into something demanding. Circus workouts help her build her strength and define her individuality while potentially also allowing her to work as part of a team, which she loves.

Other workouts to try: aerial yoga or silk dancing classes, trampoline, diving, ropes course, and wind surfing.

Pisces: swimming

Mystical Pisces loves to be in the water—so swimming puts her right in her element. She has a meditative spirit, and enjoys the calming rhythm of doing laps. It helps her feel transcendent, which she loves, and the excellent full-body workout heightens her self awareness and keeps her centered. Also important? The Pisces babe is very sensual and can sometimes become overwhelmed by her senses, so being in the water helps her tune in to herself by blocking out distracting sights and sounds.

Other workouts to try: yoga, scuba diving or snorkeling, surfing, walking, and tai chi.

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