Fitness is a huge passion of mine and I have always enjoyed physical activity and pushing my body to new limits. With that being said I am very intrinsically motivated, and my fitness journey has been a lot of trial and error, learning about my body, and becoming aware of ‘fitness fads’ vs. proven science when it comes to physical activity. One of the most important things that I’ve learned is that we are all very different when it comes to our fitness journey’s and that includes what types of physical activity we enjoy, how we are motivated, and the needs of our bodies.
I highly encourage everyone reading this to think about the ways in which you are motivated, what would be a good starting place for you, and what kind of options do you have when it comes to physical activity. You may be motivated by others so having another person to do these things with would be helpful for you.
These are the things that I have found to be the most effective for me. They may or may not work for you, but I am a firm believer that they are worth a try.
Have a plan and a consistent time to be active. I have found that choosing a time that works most days and trying to stick to that has created a strong routine for my workouts. I don’t even think about it anymore. I just know that every day I wake-up and the first thing I do is my workout. I have the most energy in the mornings, but again every person is different so you might look at lunch or evening to get your physical activity in.
Record your workouts to keep yourself accountable. I have tracked every workout and rest day for the past four years and this has really helped my accountability. I also like to mark down what types of physical activity I am doing or if I am sick and need to rest for multiple days in a row. That way I ensure I am working different muscle groups and not doing the same things over and over again. I am a firm believer that you have to push yourself outside of your comfort zone to see change.
Have a goal to work towards. This could be the number of times you wish to workout in a week or a specific activity goal such as running 10km. Having something specific to work towards is another way to keep yourself accountable and it is incredibly rewarding when you reach your goal. Once you make that goal, tell everyone!! And I mean everyone! How can you back out of your goal now?
Listen to your body. This is the biggest lesson I have learned in my fitness journey. You are the only person who knows how your body is feeling and what kind of limits you can push it to. Try to remember that there is a difference between physical pain and needing rest and challenging your body to push itself. Once you become aware of this, there are some days when you just need a break and working out can possibly make things worse. I would suggest that you still try to stretch, meditate or go for a walk on these days. Rest and mobility are incredibly important in your fitness journey.
Find what types of activity you enjoy and those you don’t. There are so many formats for staying active and some you will like more than others. Find what makes the most sense for you but that still challenges you. For example, if you like dance, there are YouTube dance videos that you can follow for your workouts (if this is actually you, message me and I will send you her info! They are so fun). The point is that there are a lot of options, class types, or other activities you can try. Focus more on moving your body and less about what you are ‘supposed’ to be doing.
Look the way you want to feel! Okay I am a huge believer that you have to show up as the best version of yourself, even when it comes to fitness. Getting some new shoes or a new workout top can help to motivate yourself. You will also want to make sure you have any equipment you need to take your workouts to the next level. It is not necessary to have equipment to be physically active, but it can open the door to a whole new variety of activities.
Make a pump-up playlist. I use my playlist for more than just workouts but man can it change my mood at any time. Put together a set of songs that get you hyped! You can put these on to motivate yourself on the way to the workout, during the workout, or even when you are planning your workouts for the week. It sounds silly, but I promise if you try it, you will love it.
I hope you find these tips helpful! I would love to hear any other tips and tricks that you find useful or if you happen to try one of these and you like it, let me know! There is so much information out there on this topic but focus on what is right for you and how your body is feeling.
Song of the Week: Funny – Zedd, Jasmine Thompson
Quote of the Week: “No matter how slow you go; you are still lapping everyone on the couch.”
Netflix Show/Movie of the Week: Million Dollar Beach House