5 tips to keep up with your workout routine
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.
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
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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