My Fitness Journey : Summer ‘17 Edition

*find my fitness tips summed up at the end

This summer, I set the goal of working out every single day. At the very least 30 minutes, but preferably one hour. While there have been some days where I was unable to meet that goal — either because I was too busy, too lazy, or too sore from the previous day — I’m proud of the dedication that I’ve been able to put in, and the progress that I’ve been seeing.

Summer time tends to put a lot of pressure on me to keep my muscles strong and toned since I no longer have the daily routine of school sports. I’ve been fortunate to obtain a gym membership which has helped me significantly in meeting my fitness goal.

But although it has been helpful, I would argue it’s not entirely necessary for those trying to take charge of their physique on a budget.

I created a fitness log (a simple Notes doc on my phone) to track what I did every day to exercise. So far it looks like this:

*obviously it continues to today and I will use it till the end of the summer.

I would encourage anyone reading this to keep a simple fitness log like mine if you’re struggling to find motivation to work out. It’s the perfect way to remind yourself of what you did, and if you want you can even use it to test different work out methods. Leave a short comment after each day to figure out which ways of staying fit you liked best so that when you look back at your log you are able to create a reliable and enjoyable exercise routine.

As my log indicates, a lot of my exercise this summer has been outside of the gym. I’ve gone on runs, rode my bike for multiple days on a family vacation in Cape Cod, played tennis at a nearby park, and have gone kayaking. Just know that the gym is not your only resource, there are lot more ways to work out either inside or outside. Which brings me to my favorite free fitness resource: YouTube. It is so underrated in my opinion, and it offers so much. I have used it for yoga, various cardio workouts (with or without weights), targeted body area work outs where all you need is a mat, and even dancing work outs. I guarantee that if are looking for an easy at home workout or even something super intense, YouTube will have something useful for you. I just tried this 45 min dance video today and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would.

I am so glad that I decided to take charge of my free time in a productive way and I’m achieving the result that I wanted. I not only look good, I feel more energetic and upbeat after working out consistently. Although my goal will not be perfectly reached, I know that it is healthy and normal to take days off. It’s important to be in tune with your body and realize if you’re pushing yourself too hard and you need a break. Don’t beat yourself up if you are only able to work out 3 days a week instead of 5, if you’re giving those 3 days your all, then that’s all that matters.

I feel like I rambled a lot writing this and my thoughts went all over the place, which I guess is typical for my second blog post ever, but in any case, here are my fitness tips summed up.

Fitness Tips:

  1. Create a fitness log to track and revel in your journey and progress
  2. Get creative about how you exercise, there are many opportunities around you even if you do not have a gym membership
  3. Discover the fitness potential YouTube offers with such an enormous variety of guided workouts of all kinds
  4. Be realistic about the fitness goal(s) you are setting for yourself; Don’t compare yourself to others, and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t follow your goal to the T. It’s more of a guideline to set you on the right path
  5. Make sure you’re having fun!

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