Getting into a regular work out routine is probably the hardest thing
to start but once you have a schedule and are used to going, it's just
like anything else you do during the day. I don't love to work
out but I do love feeling healthy and fit. My routine for the past 4 months has been yoga 3 days a week and a circuit training class or Nike Training Club workouts 2 days a week and surprisingly it has not been hard to keep this schedule at all. I'm so used to it that it's just part of my day and not something that I have to fit in.
My tips to keep a consistent workout schedule:
1. Try out different things until you find what you love - I used to run a lot but I didn't really like it all that much, I just did it because I needed some cardio which then made it really hard to go to the gym. I tried several classes at my gym before discovering ones that made me feel like I was having fun and getting a good work out and now I look forward to going to those classes.
2. Set an alarm - Because my days are pretty busy and often times I get so engrossed in what I'm doing, I now keep an alarm on my phone that goes off the same time 5 days a week and it says "GYM!!" This totally helps keep me on track and I for sure always go to the gym when the alarm goes off.
3. Work out with a friend or your significant other - I don't tend to like to work out with people, I like to do my own thing as I get much better work outs that way, but what I do like is the accountability of going with someone else. On those days that I just want to sit on the couch, if I see that my husband is ready to go with the gym, a part of me knows that if he goes to the gym and I'm just sitting at home, I'll feel really lazy and guilty for not going with him too. And on some days, it's vice versa where I'm the one motivating him to go, so it's always nice to have each other to keep you balanced.
4. You get to indulge and not feel as guilty - Of course you can not take this to the extreme and just think "I'm working out so I can eat a huge slice of cake for dinner every night!" but every once in awhile when you indulge, you feel a little less guilty and a little more deserving when you've been taking care of your body and health.
6. Being healthy is a lifestyle, not a resolution - I know that with the new year, there is a lot of these "I'm going to lose 10lbs" or "I'm going to the gym 4 times a week" resolutions. I don't know about you but those types of things never work for me. I can say it all I want but if I don't make it a part of my life, it's always just going to be something that I say and not actually fit into my life. Like I mentioned before, I've made a lot of changes to my lifestyle in the past year and being healthy is one of those things. Not just working out but also what I eat and how I take care of my stress. All of it goes hand in hand to living a healthy lifestyle and not just a quick fix.
SarahFit, one of my favorite fitness bloggers just did a post about them and it looks like they are now doing a bit of a bait and switch where they originally promised brand name clothes and now are only offering their OWN line that nobody has ever heard of or even tried. I also saw in Sarah's comment section that it seems like I'm not the only one that had a bad experience with them. I'm all about supporting new start up businesses and giving them a chance but it's hard to support one that seems to have so many bad experiences and customer issues.