I’m three days into #GetFitSeptember and here’s what I’ve learned so far: I LOVE LOUNGING AND EXERCISE IS HARD! But also and more importantly: it feels really, really good when I get off the couch and move my
arse body. And the feeling afterwards, that combination of exhaustion and satisfaction- it’s addicting. But it’s amazing how out of shape one can get after a few months of neglect. Ok, almost 8 months of neglect. So I’m in the pushing-through phase. Pushing through each workout that feels like such a struggle knowing that in a couple of weeks it’ll be much easier, pushing through the moments when I just want to quit and have a cookie, pushing through the times when I’d love to choose The Bachelor Pad on DVR over my yoga mat. You know, that fun stuff. So here are a few tips to help those of you joining me and pushing through too…
1. Make your 30 minutes as fun as possible by choosing workouts that you love (or at the very least like better than others). I’m always happy to pick up my yoga practice again. The first few times back on the mat are rough, I can’t lie, but after a week or so I fall in love with it all over again. Same with running (I’m using a couch to 10K app to help get me back on track).
2. Music is everything. I have a playlist for every type of workout and it makes all the difference! There’s nothing quite like Ol Dirty Bastard’s “Got your Money” to get me moving!
3. If you are really struggling to get motivated- put your workout clothes on and start stretching. I’m always amazed how if I can make myself commit to doing just that somehow the extra little bit of energy I need to get through a workout magically appears. Not always, but enough of the time. And when that fails- well I’m already dressed and ready so it’s that much easier to dig deep and motivate.
4. Set up a reward system (that doesn’t involve food!). I’m going to treat myself to a fancy massage at the end of my 30 days, a congrats for sticking to the promise I made to myself (and you). And at the end of two weeks I’m treating myself to new workout clothes to keep me motivated while I get back on track.
5. Keep track of your progress! Whatever your goals may be- gaining strength/endurance, losing weight, toning up- find a way to track your progress so you can feel accomplished and recognize that your hard work is paying off! I’m trying to tone up and shed a tiny bit of the cookie/slacker weight I put on this year, so I’ve got a pair of jeans that I love and am just squeezing into these days that I’ve got in the closet to try on again at the end of the month. So cliche, so true.
6. HAVE FUN!! It’s all about attitude and making the best of it. I’m probably never going to be one of those people that just lives to exercise. But I’m going to keep trying to be. And more importantly, I’m determined to have as much fun while trying as I possibly can. Even with a sweat mustache.