If you’re like me, I like to follow a workout program that I can dedicate myself to.
Finding the right program is key. You want to follow something you know you’ll commit to, whether it’s 15 minutes of cardio, or 30 minutes of cross-fit, an hour of power lifting, or waking up at 7am to do yoga;
be sure to pick something that will help you achieve whatever goal you have set for yourself.
I have this one program, I like to restart from the beginning once I’m done, so I add more weight/reps to challenge myself. Always challenge yourself, otherwise you’ll plateau.
There have been times where I’ve easily fallen behind on my program, and had to face the struggle to get back into it, so depending on how far I am, I’ll “punish” myself by redoing the program from scratch, which is not fun, so I try to avoid it.
Depending on the plan you do, you may need equipment available at a gym. Otherwise you can find programs that use body-weight, or smaller / easier tools to use such as dumbbells and bands.
Some people prefer having access to a gym, whether it’s a membership, or condo gym. I can see having to physically go somewhere help with that commitment of working out.
Depending on your style (and goal), there are so many options to choose from.
You can join specialized gyms such as cross-fit or power lifting, or attend workout classes at a studio, which is great if you find a class you like, as they are usually scheduled on the same day.
If you don’t have access to a gym, there are many (an abundance!) of workout videos and programs you can find online and do in the comfort of your own home, without the use of exercise equipment or tools… so no excuses!
Buy New Gear
One thing that helped me start was buying new leggings, sports bras and tanks.
Shopping is obviously fun, and buying new workout gear, before you start, or during your workout, is a nice little reward for committing to your plan.
Set Realistic Goals
Depending on if you are looking to lose weight, add weight (via muscle), or maintenance; pick a program that won’t make you feel overwhelmed, otherwise you may feel deterred from reaching your goal.
Setting realistic goals will be easier to start a program you can easily follow and commit to.
You can find motivation in sharing with your followers your progress by posting photos and status updates.
Plus, sharing your workouts makes you feel accountable, as you will be inspiring others who are following you, so do you don’t want to let them down, do you?
You can also find motivation from seeing others working out and sharing their progress as well.
What motivates you? What gets you up and going? Let me know in the comments below.