We all know that working out is good for us. And, usually, the more often we do it, (within reason, of course,) the better we feel both inside and out. However, it’s quite common and only natural to get in a workout rut, reach a plateau or feel resistance towards a new routine (especially as the cold winter months set in). Yet working out is a fantastic way to show love and care to your body. So, if you’re looking to get back to the gym, hit up a new yoga class or amp up your current cardio, check out these 6 tips. They will help make trips to the gym, studio or pavement, all the more enjoyable.
Music. Be your own DJ and download some new tunes and transfer them to your ipod. Make sure they’re beats you love and feel inspired by. Studies have shown that listening to music while working out keeps your energy up resulting in higher intensity and longer lasting workouts. So get grooving (and moving)!
Visualize. Take 30 seconds to one minute seeing yourself on the treadmill, in a class or lifting weights. See the grace, ease and strength in which you move and perform. Focus on how you want to feel during and after your workout. This alone will increase results and get you into a place of feeling that the workout is already a success. Then take action to follow through.
Dress Up. How hot do you feel while getting ready for a date or a night out with the girls? You can’t wait to get out and strut your stuff. Bring this mentality to the gym. Buy some cute, trendy or sexy gym clothes – anything that makes your feel (appropriately) fabulous. Just because you are going to sweat in them, does not mean you shouldn’t feel hot, figuratively speaking. Plus, when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, your energy is up, when your energy is up, you can work out more, the more you work out… well you get the point.
Take Baby Steps. As Lao Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If an hour long run on the treadmill makes you want to cry, start small. Just start with something. Anything. Doing something, no matter how small, is better then nothing.
Commit. Whether we are at the office too late, or too tired and stressed from a long day, working out is often the first thing to go. However if we switch this mindset and start to look at taking care of our body and health as an obligation, much like our 9 to 5, 6 or whenever, then unless we are sick, no excuse. If you and your health are not at the top of your to do list every day, just like waking up and going to work, then all areas of life will start to be affected.
Reason and Remind. Make a list of the reasons why it’s important to work out for you and read it often. Ours would include: to feel more confident, to be healthier, to prioritize ourselves, to practice self-care. By putting those reasons in writing (and posting it in a place we can see it often) we’re consistantly motivated to get moving.