Fitness fabulous. <7 tips to keep you motivated + feeling great>
My fitness journey is a long one with some starts and stops along the way but now...I couldn't imagine life without it. Working out is that one moment every day where I get to materialize my thoughts, find some inner calm and get my endorphins going. Without it I am often crabby and antsy. Almost like a case of too much caffeine. Ironic how that works.
As I've grown older, managing my own business and family have taken precedent so finding a fitness routine that works for my lifestyle was a deliberate decision but also a necessity. Currently I work out 5-6 days a week for about 35-50 minutes a week. There's something about checking off that box in my brain that makes me feel a sense of accomplishment and to be honest, I want to be strong for my kiddos and for the sake of longevity.
What keeps me motivated? The path is not easy but today I am sharing a couple tips that might help you out on the days you are on that struggle bus...which, I know all too well!
- Spice up your workout gear. Looking and feeling good are half the battle.
- Find workouts that meet your schedule. I don't work out at a gym. I do live-streaming OnDemand workouts through BeachBody. 20-35 minutes and I am done which is extremely gratifying and they are hard!
- Take the weekend to enjoy a class. I hate gyms but a SPIN class helps me switch it up and stay challenged.
- You are what you eat! I have changed my eating habits drastically over the past few years. It's been a drag and most are related to health but it's true that when I eat well, I perform better in all areas of my life.
- Don't let your butt hit the couch! I am not a morning person so I stay moving when I get home. That means when I close my laptop, I get my workout gear on and strike while the iron is hot. If I sit on the couch...it's over!
- Don't be so hard on yourself. I constantly check myself from the guilt of missing a day or just enjoying life. Overall, my health is good and it's impossible to do it all. Feel good in your clothes, be proud of your accomplishments and most of all, love yourself.
- Change it up. What works for three months will not work all year. Your body adapts and you plateau. It's important to challenge yourself which means a dose of weights, HITT and stretching will keep all areas of your body toned. Doing the same thing everyday is simply monotonous.
My 40 year old body is a lot different than my 20 year old body and I am learning to accept it more each and every day. I mostly workout to eat, ha ha - let's be honest, but truly, I work out to settle my brain. Even on the hard days, 30 minutes of exercising is completely doable. You just have to make time for it.