How are you doing today? I am doing fine and looking forward to the week ahead! I have decided that this post is going to focus on working out because I just realized that I haven’t talked much about that subject and it is definitely something that needs talked about and also something that I do regularly. I enjoy working out so that’s why I do it. It never feels like a chore to me, it doesn’t feel like something I HAVE to do, it’s just something that I really enjoy doing. It’s something that betters me and makes me happy, If there ever was a time that I didn’t enjoy working out I would look into alternatives. I have not always been into health and fitness, there was a time when I wanted nothing to do with it at all. And frankly I didn’t get off the couch much…my how times change! I don’t really know when I got the fitness bug, I assume it was in the Summer of 2012, I caught it hard and I’m I’ve been going with it ever since!
**Disclaimer: I have no professional training in fitness, everything that you see here is based from my experience. This is not a workout plan.**
I often get asked “how can I get and stay motivated to workout?” I always have the same answer: LOSE YOUR EXCUSES! Excuses are what keep people where they are. If your excuse is I don’t have enough time, I call Bullshit on that. There’s always time! I did squats while my dinner was cooking the other night because that’s the only time I had. JUST DO IT! If you’re excuse is, I can’t do it. Well believe me honey, you never will. You have to start doing it to get better at it, practice makes perfect, you’re first grade teacher wasn’t kidding! Next thing you need to do to keep yourself motivated is change your mind. Get rid of all your negative thoughts, get rid of everything that is holding you down and back. You are strong, beautiful and capable of everything you put your mind to. The only thing holding you back is you. I am aware that this is hard, it doesn’t happen over night and it takes works but it can be done, non-the-less!
I don’t have access to a gym, so I can’t workout. FALSE. I, personally, don’t have access to a gym and I workout. So that’s just another excuse. Over the last 2 years, I have had a gym membership for a total of 1 month. And guess what, I have lost weight, gained muscle and strength and I even ran a quarter marathon. All of my workouts are done at home and I take my cardio to the streets. You have to do what you can with what you have! Another misconception that people have is that you have to lift weights and go running in order to get fit. Yes, that is a way. Yes, that is what I like to do. No, it is not the only way to do it. Swimming, rollerblading, hiking, walking up stairs, videos, yoga, pilates, walking, hula-hooping, jump rope etc, all of those things I just mentioned are valid exercises and don’t require you to step foot in the gym. It’s important that you choose exercises that you enjoy, this way you are less likely to give up because you are bored or not liking what you’re doing.
When I first got into fitness, I had no clue where to start or what to do. I was like a bird who just left it’s nest and could barely fly. I knew basic exercises but I didn’t have much knowledge. It’s important to do some research before you dive in because you don’t want to injure yourself and be out on your first go. If you do go to a gym don’t be shy, if you need help with something ask someone who works there, that’s what they’re there for. There are many different places you can find workout routines or exercises. The internet machine will be your friend when it comes to this, when I first started I enjoyed doing videos such as 30 day shred or blogilates, you can find these on YouTube. I also took to Pinterest, they have an infinite amount of workouts on there, you could probably do a different workout everyday for the next 3 years if you only used pinterest! If you see an exercise move that you don’t know how to do, once again use Google or YouTube. You could also get yourself a workout buddy, it can be easier to stay motivated when you are accountable to someone else. If you are curious about what kind of workouts I do, you can head over to my Tumblr Blog where I have posted several of my workouts!
Focused on working out!
If you have made it to the end of this post, you deserve a great big hug! I hope that you have a fantastic week, it’s important to switch up your workout routine every 4-6 weeks, so switch things up this week!