As I’m sitting at my desk going over all my clients accounts in my online training I’m realizing one difference between those who are successful with keeping a routine and those who are struggling with regular exercise.
For me, exercise every week is pretty much the same, I know when and where and what my workout will be. It’s always the same for me and I have a back up if my kids have a game or something interrupts my schedule. If someone were to ask me when I’m working out this week, I can give you the times and days for the entire week.
So the mistake I am seeing with establishing a fitness routine is that most are just holding on to them and hoping they find a free 30-60 minutes in their schedule to squeeze one in. Before they know it, it is Saturday and they only were able to get one workout in. In order to be successful or see any physical changes, you must establish a routine of at least 4 days of exercise per week. That means scheduling them like we do work, school classes, or meeting with your accountant to get your taxes done.
So don’t go into your fitness routine with a blind eye, schedule those workouts, check them off as you go, and finally see those results you have been looking for!
Finding a fitness program can be daunting, especially when you have tried so many programs and you just don’t seem to stick into your routine. It is so important that we find something we love to do or make what you are doing more enjoyable. For me, I love running outside because it helps me decompress from the day. But, if I have some motivating music mixes to go along with it. I also make sure I’m doing intervals because for me it makes it more enjoyable. I enjoy lifting weights, but I have to see progress so I keep track of everything I do so that I am challenging myself. But you won’t find me forcing myself to do a workout video. That kind of workout just does not motivate me. But others may love it.
If you don’t like a certain style of clothes, you won’t give up wearing them right? There are so many ways to stay active and I believe we all have our own fitness personalities. Some like to workout in groups, or with a partner, and others like to workout on their own. Maybe you enjoy being in a gym or maybe in the comfort of your own home. Spin classes, zumba, boot camps, online fitness programs….. Whatever it is, I’m positive you can find something that you can enjoy doing. The most important this is that you find that something and don’t give up on exercise because you think you just don’t like it. Don’t let too much time go by without exercise. It can affect your health in so many ways. Stay active in some way at all times. My challenge for you this week is to find some kind of physical activity that you like. You got this!
Happy Motivation Monday!
It was 2003 and I’d never run any kind of race before. I was doing my internship to finish up my degree and thought it would be fun to join everyone else in the gym in this “Main Street Mile”. It was only 1 mile so what do I have to train for? The day of the race they placed us in chorales based on speed. I’m fast, I knew I could run at a good pace so I made my way to the front. MAJOR mistake! The gun went off and we all started to run. I of course wanted to keep up so I started FAST. Well, by 1/4 miles into the run I was gassed. Everyone started to pass me real quick and I had to talk my way through the rest of the race. I had no idea a mile felt that long when you sprinted the first 1/4. I did complete the race in 7:24 but it took me the entire rest of the day to recover. And I probably could have done so much better if I knew to pace myself.
How many times have you busted your butt to complete something, then looked back and realized there was an easier way? Clearly, the least I should have done was practice running one mile properly. I think we all underestimate the importance of preparing ourselves for the tasks we have ahead. We need to prepare mentally and physically. How can we do this? We have to establish a plan. I could have easily asked a seasoned runner their advice on what I should have done to complete that mile (comfortably…) Don’t let you ego get in the way of asking someone for help. It will help you get through the task so much better and more prepared so you don’t end up killing yourself to get it done. So whether it is a fitness goal, nutrition goal, occupational goal, etc seek out someone who has completed that particular task before or a professional in the industry. You may learn quite a few things from their experiences that will save you time, money, or just physical stress.