"It's easy for you."
"You are naturally fit."
"You don't have to work as hard as I Do."
Who else has heard these comments from their peers?
I know I have, and I wanted to state that these are completely and entirely false assumptions that others have projected onto me.
Nothing comes easy, not even working out. It takes discipline, drives, commitment, and determination to get through some weeks.
With COVID, working from home, and not having full access to gyms or even ANY access to a gyms, I wanted to share my journey with how I have managed to commit and stick to my fitness workouts without stepping inside a gym for the past seven months.
- Write down your intention each morning, make a list of what you will do, and stick to it. Visualizing your goals and using mental imagery is perfect for this.
- Make sure working out is on that list and you have scheduled time for it within your workday
- Keep a fitness journal - it may seem old school, but I have been logging my workouts since 2015. It has helped me stay accountable and has fulfilled me along the way. Adding color and pictures for positive reinforcement also helps along the way.
- Minimize Procrastination. Put down your cell phone! Mindless scrolling and checking Instagram and Twitter for constant notifications is a waste of time. The 25 mins you spend doing that, you could have gone for a walk or done something to make you feel better and more positive about yourself.
- Embrace the outdoors, go for jogs or walks outside, you can set the pace of how fast or how far you go, but just keep moving. The fresh air will make you feel better too.
- A yoga mat and some dumbbells go a long way - use them accordingly.
- Reward yourself along the way! If you have worked out consistently for 3-4 weeks, you could probably take advantage of a de-load week where you can relax.
Stay accountable to your goals. Motivation is a psychological construct that arouses and directs behavior.
Skipping a workout is like cheating on a test. You may have taken the easy way out, but what have you accomplished?