I am just as guilty as the next person. I love to look good and hate to workout. We all have the same aspirations at the beginning of each year. Our minds are made up, this is THE year! The weight will fly off, the clothes will look better, and the unhealthy eating will come to an end. Fast forward a month or so, working out has dropped from our priority list and cheese fries on the way home sound amazing. It seems when we are most defeated we start to seek advice and helpful tips from anywhere. Truthfully, as great as Dr. Oz and Oprah sound they can’t get you off the couch. Self motivation and discipline are two tough things to consistently maintain. I can’t control your lifestyle but I can give you four ways to make the process enjoyable!
- BUY NEW GEAR: Is it just me? The moment I start to feel bored with the gym my first instinct is to go pick up a new outfit. Don’t go broke. Nothing is ever that serious. Grab for a new pair of shoes, splurge on the Lulu’s, or just head to Ross and check out the 5.99 selection (my favorite thing to do). I like to compare this to the first day of school outfit when you have open opportunity to start fresh and new. I understand this is a temporary fix and outfits don’t stay new forever, but it may be exactly what you need to get you back going!
- CHANGE IT UP: You’ve looked online and have your full body workout ready to go. First few weeks you begin to gain some muscle and then .. nothing. It’s no secret if you don’t see results the likeliness of you continuing is considerably lower. As your endurance is strengthened and muscles become stronger your workouts have to progress. When change isn’t happening do something fun and different! Watch videos and try new things. Keep yourself interested while working new muscle groups.
- CREATE GOALS: Both short term and long term. We get it. You want to look your best and lose fifty pounds in a month. The bad news, that may take a year sometimes even longer. Don’t take away the idea but consider it your end goal, and not your next week goal. I believe in creating goals you actually can reach in a short period of time. For example, maybe this week you can only do ten good push ups but you would like to complete twenty. Create a timeline and see how quickly you can get there. Everyone loves the feeling of winning and accomplishment. Small goals add up to big results.
- TREAT YOURSELF: Friday’s just feel good! The work week is over, the alarm clock is off, and the Mexican restaurant is right down the block! That is my exact feeling when my workout week is over. Unless you are an overachiever, (shout out to my sister) and you workout everyday of the week, enjoy your days off. Grabbing a margarita every weekend, well that might interfere with the whole end goal we previously discussed. Not the best idea in the world. Typically working out comes with eating restrictions so by Friday you are ready to dive into anything that sounds unhealthy and greasy. Not your thing? Congratulate yourself and go buy something you have been eyeing for awhile . Any excuse works right?