Welcome to #FitnessFriday!

As it’s my first post on this hashtagged day, I figured I would start back at the basics like I did on Wednesday, with finding the right fitness routine for you.

Fitness & exercise should NOT be something you dread. Life is too freaking short to be miserable for an hour a day. I guarantee that there is some form of exercise out there that you will love. For beginners who don’t really even know where to start, this is what I usually tell my clients.

Take it one day at a time.

Just think to yourself, “how do I want to be active today?” Sometimes you want to go on a 10 mile walk with your loved one. Other days you want everyone to shut up for 10 minutes so you can go get your yoga on. Some days, maybe you feel like going out and dancing the night away. Don’t make fitness more complicated than it has to be. When you start with taking it one day at a time and making the effort to be active, it will become natural to you. And at some point, your body will even start to crave it.

Once you get comfortable with that, take it up a notch.

When you’re getting comfortable with movement in general, then you can start to challenge yourself. This is where set programs come in handy: follow a set routine, keep your nutrition in check, and you WILL see accelerated results.  But, here’s the trick:

You have to be doing this because you love your body, not because you hate it.

I know that’s a tricky thing to master. But even with the program structure, continue with the beginner mind and take it one day at a time. Focus on how GOOD the exercise made you feel that day. How accomplished it made you feel, and how proud you are for completing it. Have you ever really regretted doing a workout? I didn’t think so.

The secret to making it stick

The secret sauce to all this is simple, and a combination of everything I’ve talked about here: Find a workout program that you enjoy and makes you feel good, and do it out of self love versus self loathing. The program you choose is up to you: it can be an at-home workout, it can be prepping for a running race, a yoga practice, a gym routine… whatever sounds the most enjoyable to you.

Once you start with movement, you may want to start trying new things that you never thought you would ever be interested in. This winter, I plan on trying the Insanity workout. A year ago, I would have laughed in your face if you had asked me to try it. When exercise becomes a thing you do out of love, it’s so easy to make it become a habit. I don’t even think about it anymore, and on the days I don’t get a workout in, I feel it.

 

If you struggle with any piece of the fitness puzzle – whether it’s finding what works for you or just doing it in general – schedule a free session with me! Let’s explore what’s holding you back, and what you can do about it.

Have a great weekend!

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2 thoughts on “Fitness Friday: Finding the right routine for you

  1. Totally true. I think so many people take the “listen to your body” statement to an extreme and use it to justify remaining comfortable. While listening to your body is a great start, as you mention, it’s all about taking it up a notch. Progression is the key to fitness and exercise. Great post!

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