A new day is a fresh opportunity to start your fitness journey. So many of us want to get into the best shapes of our lives but struggle with the motivation to take the first step. Experts recommend getting up to 150 minutes of moderate or intense physical activity to stay healthy.
If you find it challenging to keep moving when life gets in the way or motivation goes down the drain- you’re not alone. Having the willpower to get out there and start your fitness journey is half the battle, and we’re here to help you make the best of your workouts!
Below, we’ll explore the five tips and tricks to make it easier to form lifelong exercising habits and to take healthy breaks:
Tip 1: Create Realistic Goals
You set yourself up for failure when you take the ‘jump in and do everything’ route. Setting clear, realistic goals ensures you’re not running after something vague or unattainable.
Start by grabbing a notebook and answering your ‘why.’ Whether you want to try a new sport or achieve a healthier weight, you’re likelier to keep going when your goals come from within.
Tip 2: Be Kind to Yourself
Motivating yourself to crawl out of your blanket and start exercising is only part of the bigger picture. Your area, work hours, parenting demands, and money can take you off track.
Tiredness, fatigue from work, or caring for an ill family member can impact your physical activity. So, skip the ‘I must hit the gym five days a week’ ideal and determine when you can exercise based on your unique work and family-related needs.
Try fitting a quick 15-minute workout during your lunch if you feel fatigued after work or taking an early morning walk to feel energized!
Tip 3: Fuel Your Body
When you exercise, whether running around the block or powerlifting, your body will use more energy than usual. So, you must eat healthy foods that provide the nutrition and energy levels you need to keep your body moving and the fat burning.
The best way to ensure a healthy and consistent diet is to eat minimally processed food, get lean protein, or visit a nutritionist for tailored advice.
Tip 4: Measure Your Progress
Creating clear goals and measuring them allows you to push yourself and to keep going. You can get a fitness tracker or create a calendar to mark what days and how long you work out.
Measuring your daily or monthly progress empowers you to create better exercise plans that suit your daily schedule. It also encourages you to celebrate your smallest victories!
Tip 5: Something is Better than Nothing
Achieving your dream body sounds tough, but it doesn’t have to be! When you face obstacles in your workout schedule, whether you’re busier or it’s running, remind yourself that something is better than nothing.
If you find a ten-minute window between your many responsibilities, go for a run. Or, if the weather turns for the worst, try yoga or indoor exercises. Some days, it’s better to rest your body and allow it to recover before jumping back into your routine.
Remember, moving, resting, and, most importantly, patience are crucial to creating a consistent and healthy fitness schedule. If you’re ready to start, check out our luxe activewear that energizes you to keep moving!