Happy Monday, everyone! If you’re off for Labor Day, I hope you’re enjoying it!
I’m coming to you today with a slightly different post than my usual material and that is how I started consistently working out.
When COVID-19 really started impacting our area in March, and schools closed, I suddenly had more free time than ever before. Like everyone, I went through various stages during quarantine, but one of those stages that stuck was exercising.
Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a fitness expert, but I am a creature of routine, so I want to explain some things that helped me, in the hopes that it’ll encourage you.
- Have an attainable goal. Everyone’s body is different; therefore, everyone’s fitness journey is different. By having a goal in mind, this will allow you to better tailor your workouts to those needs. In April, I made a goal to workout out 5 days a week. My objective was not to lose weight but to simply move my body. By having a goal that I can actually achieve, and by keeping track of my progress, it’s easier to stay motivated.
2. Lay your clothes out the night before. Since school started back, and my wake up time has gotten a lot earlier, I’ve discovered that the less effort I have to put into preparing to workout in the mornings, the better. Yes, I lay in bed for a few minutes when my alarm goes off, but when I do get up, my clothes and shoes are waiting for me.
3. Change up your workouts. If you do the same thing every day, the chances of getting burned out increases. Since I started this journey, I’ve gone through phases where I’ve run, done yoga, completed dance workout videos, and worked on strength training. YouTube is a treasure chest of workout videos. Find some that work for you, and don’t be afraid to try something new. This is my current favorite fitness channel.
4. Show yourself grace. As previously stated, we’re all at a different point on our fitness journey. Even if you have goals, sometimes life happens. If you get off track, that’s totally fine! Just get back on when you’re ready.
5. Involve others. I told Daniel early on about my goals, and he was very supportive of them. Sometimes, he, Isaac, and I will go for walks on the weekends, which is great family time, yet counts toward my exercising goals. With social media and interactive fitness equipment, it’s also easy to join communities and have that accountability that we all seem to need.
6. Starting is the hardest part, but you’ll be so glad when you do! My friend, Emily, has a blog called Joy in the Light, and she likes to say, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” She is absolutely right! Once you get into a routine, whether it’s exercising five days a week or two, the more you do it the easier it’ll be. Then, when you do see those positive changes in your body, and others do, too, you’ll be motivated to keep on moving forward (pun intended).
7. Have fun! The only wrong way to exercise is to not exercise. Find what works for you and what you enjoy doing. During the summer, I enjoyed running, but over time, it got less fun, so I stopped. Right, now I’m enjoying strength training because I like the definition that is appearing, as a result. I also recommend having something to listen to as you workout. I have an Audible account and enjoy listening to audiobooks, and these bluetooth headphones have been a game changer. Maybe you’re interested in podcasts or simply listening to music. I’ve discovered that if I can occupy my mind with something besides working out, the process is more enjoyable.
I hope this motivates you to move your body today! Let me know if you have any other tips.