5 Tips for Starting Your Fitness Journey
Everyone has their own personal goals when embarking on a fitness journey, and I’ve started to notice a common pattern with women (myself included) when first beginning this process. Very often when you make the decision to get back into shape, you start off feeling excited and motivated, going for a run or to a class every single day, maybe even twice a day, until a couple weeks go by and you decide to skip one. One day turns into 2, 2 turns into 3, 3 days turn into 3 weeks and you’re right back to where you started. It’s important to find a balanced and realistic exercise schedule so that you don’t end up getting burnt out. This will make it much easier to stay focused and to keep fitness in your life as a regular habit. I know we all struggle with staying accountable for our workouts, so here are 5 key tips for anyone looking for an extra push to stay on track!
1. Signing up for your classes in advance.
Just as you would with meal prep, choose and sign up for your workouts at the beginning of the week. I try to think of an exercise class as an important meeting or appointment that I absolutely cannot skip, and having a visual reminder sent to my phone makes me feel more obligated to show up.
2. Share your goals/exercise plans with a friend.
Fitness is always more fun when you have a friend by your side bringing more positive energy and enthusiasm. Having an exercise buddy or “barre bestie” can really make all the difference on days that you're feeling low on self-motivation. Sometimes all you need is a little encouragement from a friend in order to spark your fire back and get you to class that day!
3. Keep a fitness log.
By having a visual log of each exercise you do, you will be less lenient on yourself because if you skip a day, you'll see physical evidence. You'll be more determined to continue pushing yourself after seeing your accomplishments at the end of each day.
4. Check in with yourself each week.
It is extremely rewarding to look back on your week’s fitness log and see the consistency you were able to stick with. As you complete each week’s plan, it will only become easier to keep up with your weekly fitness schedule. Having a visual of how much hard work and time you’ve put in will inspire you to continue your progress.
5. Plan your recovery and rest times.
Once you have a set groove, you have to remember to set aside some time for your hard working body to recover. For each workout session you do, you should give yourself at least a 10 minute stretching session to give those sore muscles a break. On top of making sure to stretch every day that you exercise, it's also important to have at least one or two rest days a week in order to repair and strengthen the muscles you've been working.
Remember that no goal is too big if you believe in yourself! Find your inner strength and make yourself and your health a priority. Getting started is the hardest step, YOU GOT THIS! :)