Bottomline - I'm no fitness model here, BUT I do know the value of staying and being healthy and that includes working out.
5 Fitness Tidbits
- SHOW UP - the hardest part of going to the gym for me is getting to the door. Here's the thing, once I get through that door, I never EVER regret it. I read a quote once that said "the only workout you'll ever regret is the one you didn't do". This couldn't be more true.
- Don't make excuses - I've been doing this for a last month. "I'm too busy", "I have work to do", "I need to get groceries", "I'm too tired". Yes, these are all legit excuses, but they're still excuses. In my job there are absolutely some days where I literally can't get to the gym, but for the most part, if I don't go it's because I've given myself a reason not to. This needs to stop.
- Have an accountability partner/team - a gym buddy is great, but you don't even need to take someone with you. Just have people around you who support you and your health. For instance, I was tired yesterday when my lunchtime rolled around. I surveyed my teammates: "should I go to the gym". Some said no but one person spoke up and said "yes, you should, you'll be happy you did" and it was that one opinion that helped get my butt to the door. One sentence was all I needed to keep myself in check. I'm pretty sure if that one person hadn't of said anything, I wouldn't have happily sore legs today.
- Train for strength - alright, I'm biased on this one but seriously, PICK UP THE WEIGHTS! It might be awkward at first, you might feel like you don't know what you're doing, but strength training is where it's at! I do short stints of cardio before and after my routine but the majority of my 'work' is done with weights/machines. Long and short of it: more muscle = more calories burned doing nothing and strength training = more muscle.
- Do it for YOU - who hasn't gone to the gym just so they look better for someone else? Gone are those days for me. My husband would deal with me getting a little 'fluffier' and my daughter doesn't care if I have 10 extra pounds on BUT I do! AND it's not just about weight, it's barely about that at all for me. I want to be healthy, I want to feel strong, I like seeing definition in my arms and would love to eventually have it in my legs and abs! Working out makes you feel good and that's the best reason there is to get your ass to the gym (or for a run or whatever it is you do).
Take your measurements - sure, I weigh myself sometimes but that number means very little to me. I've weighed less and looked worse than times where I've weighed more but been much more toned. Plus, when you rely on the scale it's really easy to be disheartened when those numbers stop moving (or worse, go up!). The beauty with taking your measurements is that if you're working hard and doing your strength training, the numbers WILL go down!
Now, GO GET HEALTHY!!
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