New to working out or just gave up for awhile? Here are my top tips for finding the motivation to get started & actually stick with it
Honesty is #1 in my book. If you want to get into health & fitness with the goal of losing a significant amount of weight in a very short period of time, this is not the post for you girl. If you want to learn how to stop giving up after a few weeks at the gym & how to make fitness a permanent thing in your life like I finally did, keep on reading!
If you want to hear more about why you may not be reaching your fitness & weight loss goals, you’re in luck- I have a podcast about that!
Here’s how you can do it:
#1. BE PATIENT
Falling off the workout bandwagon happens to the best of us (aka me on and off for YEARS). So when you’re just starting to get back into the swing of things, don’t expect to be at your maximum level of fitness ability week 1. You’re just going to be disappointed, which means you’re more likely to quit. As much as you don’t want to hear it, building strength & endurance just takes time. Going in with this mindset is going to take so much of that initial pressure off & help keep you motivated!
#2. BE REALISTIC
When you’re just starting to workout again, be realistic with your expectations on how quickly you’re going to see & feel physical results. In my experiences of starting from scratch, it took me at least 5-6 weeks to start to feel & see significant results. The number of weeks will be different for everybody depending on your starting level of fitness, but regardless- you have to accept that finding a quick, easy, and sustainable health/fitness solution does not exist. Stop searching for it & get that toxic idea out of your head for good!
#3. BE KIND TO YOURSELF
You’re not going to love every workout. Some days I lack energy, barely get myself to the gym & drag ass through the entire workout. Other days I crush my workouts and shock myself with how much I can do. It’s just going to be like this forever! No matter where you are in your fitness journey, you’re never going to love every single session, you’re never going to want to be at the gym every single day week after week, and you’re never going to feel 100% during every single workout. You’re human. Once you use this mindset, you will feel so much less stressed about fitness as a whole. The point is to make this a permanent part of your life! Not to burn yourself out and quit a few weeks/months in because you’re not being kind to your mind & body.
#4. TRY EASING IN
In my opinion, the best approach is to start at a level of fitness that you can actually push through for a full 20-30 minutes. After that, start to work your way up in difficulty as your strength & stamina improve. In the past, when I purchased a new program, I wanted to do the entire first week right away, no matter what (Type A af, can I chill?). But if you are really struggling like I used to, then take a few weeks to work up to that first week of the program. Cut the workouts in half, walk on the treadmill, take time to pause and breathe during your sessions, do what you gotta do. You should never feel embarrassed to work your way up to where you want to be.
#5. REMIND YOURSELF THAT IT GETS EASIER
Ok now for the light at the end of the tunnel… it exists I swear!
For me, by the 8th week of sticking to the gym, I felt SO much stronger & realized that the workouts that were tough for me to get through in the first few weeks were so much easier. If you make fitness a habit (even if you hate it at first), it will eventually get better. Physically, you’ll feel stronger & be able to get through harder, longer workouts. Mentally, you’ll be amazed at what you can do. Like WTF I can do a real push up now?! (not even embarrassed, I couldn’t do a real push up until I was 23. It happens.)
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