Working out is one of those things that people either love or hate.
You either spend your time anticipating your next trip to the gym or you dread every moment that brings you closer to your workout.
It’s one or the other.
There seems to be absolutely no in-between.
I used to be the type of person who despised working out. In fact, during the first few weeks of my current workout routine, I was absolutely miserable.
However, I’ve since come around to a new way of thinking. Working out has become one of my favorite activities. It de-stresses me and gives me a little something to look forward. And so, today I want to share some of the things I did to get myself working out on a consistent basis.
To give you a little background on my fitness schedule, I typically work out about five times a week for half an hour to forty-five minutes each time. I make sure to have a couple rest days interspersed throughout the week, too. It’s a pretty balanced schedule, and I’ve taken a lot of liking to it.
#1: Finding something I enjoy
One of the most important things to keep in mind, especially when you first start working out, is to find a workout routine that you enjoy. I think we have an immediate tendency to treat working out like chore rather than a hobby. Exercise is something we get through rather than something we look forward to. And I think that’s the biggest reason why people dread it so much.
That being said, the best thing you can do for yourself when trying to establish a consistent fitness regime would be to experiment with different workouts and figure out what you truly like. It’s hard to get motivated to do something when you aren’t actually excited about doing it, so giving yourself the chance to sort of test the waters might make it more interesting.
#2: Adopting a different view
One thing I’ve learned about working out is that your mindset can be a total difference maker. We’ve all heard of the power of positive thinking, right? The idea that thinking positive thoughts will attract positive vibes? It may sound like a cheesy concept, but I’ve noticed in my own experiences that it actually makes a lot of sense.
When we predispose ourselves to negative thinking before we enter a situation, it’s hard for us to get anything positive out of that situation. I mean, can you really think of a time when having a negative attitude about something you had to do made the situation more bearable? Probably not.
I definitely recommend keeping up a positive attitude as you start developing your workout routine. I know it’s hard, and it seems like there’s a whole lot more to be negative about than positive about, but trust me.
#3: Keeping a strict schedule
Maintaining a workout routine requires you to be very strict with yourself, ESPECIALLY during the first few weeks. It’s hard to develop a habit if you’re constantly not following through with it. Missing a day every now and then is perfectly fine once you’ve gotten into a groove, but at the beginning, I recommend being as regimented as possible. You’ll have a much easier time making your workout a regular thing if you do.
#4: Doing it gradually
Something else to keep in mind as you’re developing a workout routine is that you’re not going to achievable all your fitness aspirations right away. It’s going to take time, effort, and persistence for you to reach where you want to be. Don’t get discouraged if it takes longer than anticipated.
#5: Defining clear fitness goals
We get it, Paige. You like goal setting. You talk about it in just about every post. GOALS. GOALS. GOALs.
I know, I know. You’re probably tired of hearing me ramble on about the benefits of goal setting. But I’m going to do it again today. And this
probably definitely won’t be the last time.
Goal setting is the best thing you can do for yourself. In ANYTHING.
Goals turn dreams into objectives. And objectives into items on your to-do list.
Having a goal makes an endeavor seem a lot less overwhelming. It gives a vague and abstract want a clear and specific backbone, which, in turn, helps you figure out exactly what you need to do in order to make it happen.
Set fitness goals for yourself. Make them as specific and detail-oriented as possible.
ANYWAY, that concludes this post!
I hope your day has been wonderful so far, and thank you for reading!
Do you have a consistent workout routine?