- Find your why
I sincerely feel the thing that will help you stick with your workouts is figuring out WHY you are really working out in the first place. Not just your physical “why” either – the fact that summer is coming or a vacation or an event shouldn’t be your only reason.
Take some time to make sure you are exercising for YOU. To enrich your health, to improve your strength, to take care of your body. Understand all of the non-physical benefits of exercise and the importance it has not only on your physical health, but also your mental and emotional health. Exercise because you love your body and want to care for it and improve it, NOT because you hate it and want to change it. Self-love is one of the strongest motivators.
- Make it a priority
There will ALWAYS be reasons why it’s too hard, or you’re too busy. There will always be things going on or holidays coming up. But the harsh truth is that we make time for the things that matter most to us. Remember, exercising doesn’t need to be a huge time commitment – even 30 minutes a day is fantastic. So whether it means getting up early, staying up late, or utilizing precious nap time, MAKE time to take care of yourself. Decide in advance that no matter what comes up, you will find a way to make it work. Make your health a priority.
- Take it one day at a time
Regardless of what program you are doing, it can feel really overwhelming to think of the bigger picture, especially when you’re first starting out. I remember when I began BBG, 12 weeks seemed like an eternity! Especially after doing the first workout – I felt there was no way I could do 12 weeks of that. So I didn’t think about it. I took it one day, one workout, one circuit, one rep at a time. Breaking it down like this really can make it feel less daunting. Also, celebrate the little victories! After each workout is complete, take a moment to be proud of yourself for what you just did.
- Don’t quit!
This might seem completely obvious but hear me out. The reality is, even when you are doing your best to follow tips 1-3, you won’t be perfect. More than likely you are going to “fall off” or “fail”. You might get sick. You might miss a day. But THAT is why this last tip is the key to it all – what really matters is not giving up and quitting when you hit a bump in the road. Get up and get back at it the next day! Start where you left off and press on. Focus on how far you’ve come and all the days you completed your workouts instead of focusing on the one or two you missed, and jump right back in.
YOU GOT THISSSSS!