Monday, May 13, 2019

How I Stay Consistent With Fitness

One of my resolutions in 2019 was to become more consistent with my diet and exercise.  I'm proud to say that I've made exercise a steady habit in my life.  I now incorporate movement 3 to 6 times a week (unless I'm out of town or sick)!  If you're anything like me, getting into the gym is a chore.  For me, the hardest part of fitness lies in actually starting my workouts.  If I can make myself go, then I can do the work!  So I had to ask myself . . .

What can I do to stay consistent with working out?

1.  Get a membership or sign up for a class.  

I was in a spin class once where the instructor urged us, "PUSH IT AND GET YOUR MONEY'S WORTH!"  I once thought I would workout at home or run, but exercising was the last thing I wanted to do after a long day.  Last August, I caved and got a membership to a gym down the street because the best workout is the one that you do.  Putting my money down keeps me accountable because fitness isn't cheap.  Think of it this way: the more you use your membership, the more it drives down the cost per use!

2.  Always have a plan. 

I plan my workouts like a bulleted list.  You know that satisfaction you get when checking things off?  Same thing applies to exercise!  Planning also means you waste less time figuring out what to do at the gym.  I also use these plans as an opportunity to work out more intelligently.

3.  Keep exercise clothes within easy reach. 

Every Sunday, I pack a bag of gym clothes to bring in to work.  I keep the clothing and my sneakers under my desk, along with a water bottle.  If the clothes are right there, it's easy to change and exercise!  I know several other people at my work who also do this.

4.  Exercise for an energy and mood boost. 

I focus on how great I'll feel after versus the thought of doing physical work.  I tend to go to the gym during my mid-afternoon slump, in lieu of coffee or a nap.  Exercise gives you endorphins and energy!  It's a great way for me to elevate my mood and also to take a meditative hour to be in tune with my body and its movements.

5.  Move with a buddy. 

I recently met some great gals at the gym after almost a year of working out alone.   We've been doing workouts together and it's a lot of fun!  Having buddies means you have the camaraderie of a team when it's rough.  You are also each other's cheerleaders!  There are countless times that my buddies have pushed me not to give up or counted down reps in a set.

What do you do to stay consistent?
Please share in the comments! :)

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