I love telling people that I struggle with workout consistency.
Mainly because I love seeing their facial expression, which is usually something like this...
Did you know that coaches don’t have it all together, all the time? And if any coach ever tells you that they do, run away FAST because they’re clearly full of it or non-human.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good workout but sometimes getting up and actually doing it is another story.
But there are ways to make workouts seem less like...well...work and help you stay consistent for the long haul.
DO THINGS YOU ENJOY
I don’t enjoy cardio, so I don’t do it (other than a walk here and there with my dog and hubs for FUN). The end. Next.
But seriously, if cardio is your jam, do it. If weight training is your jam, do that. Maybe you love to swim, so do it.
There is no one right or wrong way to exercise.
Full disclosure: cardio is the wrong way. ;) You are much better off to do an activity you enjoy versus zero activity.
Bonus...you’ll stay consistent at it too. And consistency trumps perfection 100% of the time.
Grab your nearest friend (not by force people) and team up. Fitness with friends is fun. That is assuming you both like the activity you are doing.
I mean if you try to drag me along on your run, we won’t be friends very long.
I can’t tell you how fast a workout goes by when you’re enjoying it with your BFFs. You talk, you laugh, and before you know it, time is up.
Plus it’s great for accountability and a little friendly competition. ;)
SET MINI GOALS
Back in January I bet most of you set some grandiose goals of working out every day.
How’s that been working for you? #resolutionsdontwork
Instead of thinking in big picture terms.
Think about the small steps or puzzle pieces that make up the bigger picture.
If you’re not consistent at working out, aim for just 1-2 days the first week. Heck, the first couple of weeks!
Don’t jump out of the gate thinking you’re going to “just start” working out 6 days a week.
You will likely be setting yourself up to fail.
And I don’t say that to be mean or discourage you. I say that because I want you to have long term success not just for a couple weeks.
Think of how motivated you will be when you set out with smaller goals and then proceed to smash them? You’re going to stay motivated right?
Compare that to…
Trying to workout 6 days a week, maybe getting 3 in the first week, 2 the second and then giving up by the third because you just can’t do 6 workouts in a week? Instant frustration and demotivation.
But not with food.
Unless it’s gelato.
But for reals, don’t use food as treats for meeting your goals. That kinda goes against what we’re trying to accomplish. Besides, food should never be viewed as something we earn.
Instead try a few of these ideas:
-Buy a new workout outfit (my go to FYI)
-Get a massage
-Get a mani/pedi
-Buy a new pair of shoes
-Make time for doing a hobby you always day dream about.
Whatever you decide to do, choose something that makes you excited. If you’re not excited about it, it won’t keep you motivated.
And if those things aren’t enough, you can always join some pretty awesome women right here.
We're having way too much fun.
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I am a wife, mom, grandma & former professional “diet and exercise hopper" who understands the challenges of being 40lb overweight after having children & the damage repeated sense of failure can cause to your confidence and self-esteem.