Mme. Gallo I have cramps, I can’t participate in gym today.
I won’t be at rugby practice, I have a really bad headache.
Sorry Brandon, I won’t be at the gym today, I didn’t get a very good sleep.
It wasn’t until about five months ago that I started regularly exercising. By regularly, I mean at least four times a week. And by exercising, I mean breaking a sweat. Not just a jaunt around the block, but a good, old fashioned breaking of the sweat. And now, it’s become a habit and I just do it.
I will not sit here and say I crave going to the gym, or that I can’t live without it, but it does make me feel great. I thoroughly enjoy working out, and I really do love the feeling of hitting a fitness milestone.
There’s still days that come where I don’t want to leave my bed, so I don’t. And I don’t beat myself up about it. Because I know that one missed workout is not the end of the world. Even a whole week off won’t deter me from my goals. Nope, I am in this for the long haul.
If you’re just starting your fitness journey, have fallen off the bandwagon or are otherwise entertained by the thought of me actually working out, keep reading and I will tell you how I finally fell in love with fitness.
Every other time I’ve tried to revamp my life with a new workout regime or healthy lifestyle, my main goals have always been superficial. Fit into my old jeans from high school, be able to wear a crop top, get rid of unwanted armpit fat…etc. This time, I focused my goals on something other than appearance. My goals include:
Be able to do 20 pushups in a row
Be able to fold over and grab my feet
Be able to hold a plank for a minute
Be able to do a pull up
By having ability based goals, rather than appearance based goals, you are more likely to stick with them and feel proud when you achieve them.
One of the keys to loving fitness is to make it a priority, and by extension, make yourself a priority. Try not to let other commitments overtake your commitment to the gym. Make a date with yourself and don’t break it! Plan to meet your friends after you finish your workout.
Easy Come, Easy Go
One of my biggest tips for falling in love with fitness is to make working out as easy as possible. Set out your clothes the night before, renew your gym membership on time, make sure you pack a snack for afterwards. If you make fitness hassle free, you’ll be less likely to think of excuses not to do it.
Surround yourself with inspiration that will motivate you to workout. Follow fitness accounts on instagram, watch fitness vlogs on Youtube, pin some quick workouts on Pinterest, interact with people at your gym. Being around fitness and health constantly will keep you on track with your goals, making it easier to motivate yourself.
Don’t run on the treadmill because your sister loves it and claims to have lost 20 pounds this way. Don’t do Zumba if you hate embarrassing yourself on the regular (pro tip: nobody is actually looking at you at the gym, everyone is too busy worrying about how they look). Don’t lift weights if you get bored easily. Fall in love with fitness by finding what makes you smile. Or, more realistically, find the exercise that you hate the least and stick with it until you like it. I swear the more you work at it, the better you will get and the more you will enjoy it.
By finding your motivation to workout, the easier exercise will come. And while it’s important to keep challenging your body, it’s addicting to increase your fitness levels. As with everything, don’t over do it and don’t get too caught up in it all. Fitness fuels your body but too much of it can be detrimental, causing injuries and strains.
Thanks for reading,
Shelby Alexa xx