It’s a new year, new you?
Technically, new year… same you. So since it’s the same you, what’s changed besides the new year? When we want to see a change in our life, we’ve got to be proactive about how we’re gonna make that change happen. I’m going to give you my top 5 tips to get you moving in the gym (or wherever) consistently. I’m talking about lifestyle change here. If this resonates with you keep reading!
1. Find movement you love
This may go without saying, but if you absolutely hate the gym… that may not be the place for you. If you love being outdoors, under the sun and trees, the park may be a better option. Don’t love dumbbells and body bands? Then you may be interested in the following: swim, run, walk, dance, box, cycle, pilates, etc.. There is no one way to move and strengthen your body! If you find movement you love, chances are you’ll stick with it.
2. Put it in your calendar
We make time for what’s important, so plan it out! Taking a glance at your week you can already see what days you’ll be maxed out and other days that are a little more flexible. This is how you can plan ahead and schedule your workout on hair washing days or before a stressful presentation to relax your mind. By picking a day and time you are choosing your health and prioritizing it!
3. Start slow
Don’t go wild trying for 6 days a week or attempting highly advanced movements. Start slow! Plan for 2 days a week, then add 1 extra day to your week every month. Build up the momentum slowly. Go for endurance by beginning with 20-minute exercises then adding 5-10 extra minutes every week until satisfied. This is how you build endurance and create a sustainable lifestyle change. There are no quick fixes here.
4. Get the right gear
This may look different for each person depending on the movement you’ve chosen. It could be a new pair of training or running shoes, boxing gloves, yoga pants, or a new sports bra for high impact movement. As Daniel Tiger would say (sing?), “Think about what you’re gonna do, then pick the clothes that are right for you!” Not only is this important for protecting your body, but it also sets you up for optimal comfort and performance which will keep you moving.
5. Track your progress
You are in competition with no one other than yourself! Track your progress to set new goals, achieve new victories, and challenge your physical potential. If you have a fitness tracker, it may do this for you. If not, you can easily track your progress by writing it down. Are you running? Log your miles per minute and aim for a new record by a specific date and work towards it. Are you lifting weights? Record your heaviest weight and number of reps. Aim to increase reps or increase weight by a certain date. Celebrate your achievements and the body that is moving with you!
These are the very same steps I incorporated into my life and personally experienced the best results with! In my experience, drastic changes led to burn out after a few weeks. There are plenty of other resources out there that encourage you to move, but I personally found consistency came when I prioritized my workout every week doing something I enjoyed, kept it simple, recorded my progress, and gradually worked my way up! Motivation will come and go, so you’ve got to set up a plan to get you where you want to go.
I hope this helps you meet your personal goals and inspires healthy living for you!
Ana M. Pierre