It’s the new year, and if you aren’t trying to work out and up your fitness game, then you probably know somebody who is. And to be honest every year I set the same old resolution ~ lose weight, go the gym regularly, be healthy. Nevertheless, this year I will smash it. My mindset is so different to previous years, I also have hired a personal trainer who is an actual babe! And I’m currently a couple of weeks into it and am loving it. I always have a period at the beginning of a new period (when uni starts or the new year) where I’m killing it. I’ll go 3+ times a week to the gym and my eating will be on point. But a couple weeks later ~ usually like 1-2 is my max at smashing it, I’ll be back into my old habits. However, this hasn’t happened this time. I’ve stuck to my new fitness routine and so I’m going to tell you how I’m doing so…
1 // Enjoy your workout
Why workout if you are going to hate it? Like anything you hate doing, you stop doing it. So find something you enjoy. For me, this is weight training. I bloody love a good leg session, getting that pump and the ache is just so satisfying. I also really enjoy boxing classes and yoga so that’s why I love fitting them into my schedule when I can. But some people love running, spinning, pilates, you just got to find what you actually enjoy doing. And yup, this does take time to figure out, as it could be the 5th exercise you try or your 1st, it really just depends on you. Once you’ve figured it out, exercising will no longer be a chore. You’ll enjoy doing it, and possibly even look forward to it!
2 // Be realistic
We all can’t work out 7 days a week, or exercise at the crack of dawn. Literally, do you. If you know morning workouts would be best for you, then do that. However, if you know waking up early is shit then don’t work out in the morning, find the time you have the most energy and work out then. There is no point trying to fit in an extreme new fitness routine when you know it’s just not right for you. Do what you want to do, and you know what you can handle. It’s all about it fitting into your lifestyle, not you working around it.
3 // Take it easy
Like I just mentioned working out doesn’t have to go from 0 to 100. I used to do this, and massive regret. I’m now taking it week by week and slowly improving my fitness levels. If you are complete beginner please take it easy. Don’t assume you can do 5 HIIT workouts a week at the pace the instructor is going. Your body needs to ease into it, slowly build up your endurance and strength. Because if you go hard you’ll ache a tonne and regret working out and then stop doing it. So do a couple workouts a week, build your body up and then you’ll be more likely to stick to this routine you’ve planned.
4 // Workout with friends
Some people love working out alone – which is 50% me, and some do amazing with working out with friends. If I’m in a gym class then working out with friends is exactly what I need. Or even just going to the gym with friends is great, but I’ve found doing the workout with them takes too long, gets distracting and I’d prefer to be by myself. But having someone hold you accountable, make sure you get your butt to the gym, keep you motivated throughout the workout is really great. It will hopefully mean you’ll be more likely to show up because you know someone is waiting for you. So find someone who you know is motivating, ideally at your level or a little better and get your workout on.
5 // Remember why you started
This is such a key tip. If you are feeling really unmotivated and on the brink of giving up, just remember why you started. We all start this for a reason, we don’t just decide to workout for the sake of working out. You even want to build up your strength, lose weight, run a marathon, the list goes on. Maybe right this down, as that’s what I’ve done. And then whenever you are feeling like giving up, look back on this. Remember why you wanted to start this all. Then you’ll feel that fire to do the best workout of your life, and you’ll stick to your new fitness routine!
If you are new to the gym or your new routine, then I really hope any of these tips have helped you. It is tough, creating habits are. But it takes consistency and willpower and you’ll soon feel weird when you aren’t doing it. I hope you are enjoying my wellbeing posts, here’s my most recent…
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