Here’s what you need to know: getting fit CAN be easy.
The only person in your life you’ll ever have complete control of is yourself.
“I look stupid, The gym is intimidating, I’m so weak, I suck at running, I’m not athletic, I can’t do a single pushup to save my life, I hate sweating, every time I try I always give up!”
Any of these sound familiar?
Self-sabotage and a lack of effective time management skills are two of the most common causes of inactivity. The truth is that we find time for the things we really want.
We often aren’t aware that what makes it difficult and holds us back from our greatest potential is ourselves which means there’s so much untapped potential in that mind and body of yours.
When you compete with yourself you always win. No need to look at the person next to you in the gym and wonder who can run faster or who’s body looks better. The days of wanting to have the same bod as your Instagram #WCW or #MCM will be over once you acknowledge that it’s you vs. you… for life!
The first step to making your goals a reality is to begin with a plan and your SMART goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. Once you start smart you will gain the confidence to see your process through.
Make a Plan
All you need is a plan. The secret recipe is simple. 1/2 cup of motivation and 1/2 cup of consistency.
There are times when we start on a goal, but fail because we try to accomplish too many things at once. Instead of trying to focus on eating and on working out and on buying new clothes AND on trying a new gym — choose one.
Pick one goal to start out with and F O C U S on that. Taking it slow creates a compound effect in your life and has many benefits. Small things make big things happen. Sticking to your one goal for an entire month will increase the likelihood that you will succeed and then continue to slay your other goals for the long hall.
Schedule the Time
Decide what the best time is for physical activity in your schedule. Are you a morning person? Do you like quick workouts? Do you like to exercise outdoors?
Write it down: in your agenda. If you are not an agenda-using kind of person, you could also set up a daily alarm on your phone. This will make it real on paper and subconsciously. In the AM, PM or during your lunch break — choose whatever works for your lifestyle.
Creating a team aspect can give you some companionship, a sense of support, increased levels of happiness and accountability. Who wouldn’t want that!? You can have more than one partner at the same time. If you’re into that kind of thing.
Buyer beware: Not all workout partners are created equal. Below are 3 tips on how to choose the right workout partner to get you to where you want to be.
Choose a partner who’s at a similar fitness level and has similar attitudes toward fitness and their personal goals.
This can help you skip the unnecessary frustration of having a partner who works out too much or not as much as you do. This also allows for greater exercise intensity and consistency. Your partner is not meant to be your competitor. Choose someone who’s a POSITIVE influence in your life. The kind of person who wants to celebrate your big and small successes.
Sharing goals, knowledge and successes should be the basis of your partnership. Remember that your workout buddy may be right under your nose. Find a good one, try it out and get started.
It’s difficult to view yourself objectively. You want to find someone (typically a close friend or family member) honest with you.
You want a partner who’s not afraid to keep it real with you. They’ll notice your improved endurance, strength, steed etc. and remind you how far you’ve come. This can help keep your motivation high and keep you going for the long haul.
Mirrors are important, but the naked eye cannot see the small changes in our own bodies because we see ourselves daily. A smart way to combat that is to take progress photos from start to finish. Progress pictures don’t lie. (Tight jeans don’t either!)
Take a picture the first week out. You can do this with gym clothes on and some nice crisp lighting. Take one looking forward, one of each side (right and left — raise your arms up) and of your backside. Three weeks later, put those same gym clothes on again. Take that same picture in the same location, with the same clothing on.
Put the photos side by side and voila! What you won’t be able to see with your naked eye, you’ll now be able to view via this “Progress Picture.” If you see progress celebrate! If you don’t try to switch something up in your routine.
Do What Works for You
NOT your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or your tía Juana. No! This isn’t about anyone else. When you copy others you end up messing up your own body and flow trying to keep up with something that wasn’t meant for you in the first place!
This is not a sprint. This is a marathon. If you go full speed at the start, you’re more likely to collapse before you get to the finish line. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
Try something local. Sometimes we waste too much time thinking about the perfect exercise instead of trying something new and just going for it. Join a group fitness class in your city. You can go to your local gym and ask them if they offer free classes for first timers or for guests of current members. If you live in or around Lynn you can try my Zumba® class or the KM Outdoor Bootcamp.
Personal Training. Do you feel like you need that one-on-one care and accountability? Do you need someone to motivate you and show you exactly what you need to do? Great! You are reading the right blog. * Insert happy smiley face here* I’m a personal trainer and can whip you into shape (with love, of course).
On a Budget. Can’t seem to find something interesting? You can try searching via Groupon or Living Social. They give you discounted deals on food, travel, gyms and more. This is a great cost effective option.
Practice Makes Progress. Running, spinning, swimming, biking, jogging, group fitness, Bootcamp — running up the hill near your home. The World is your oyster. Pick one activity and go for it. Practice it consistently and I guarantee that you will improvement, over time.
How you feel about yourself is what matters most of all.
You are the most important person in this equation. Don’t be shy to check yourself out. Use the mirror as a tool, not a crutch. To test it, use your reflection as a tool to help see progress throughout your personal fitness journey. Regardless of how small you perceive that change to be.
In the process, you will become simply irresistible to others. You have the power to change, to be unique and to reach your highest potential. Now go out there and get it done!
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