1. It's A Lifestyle
The only way to make something a habit is to maintain consistency. From what you eat - to the routine of when you go to the gym, get your run in, or head to the yoga studio - to the athleisure-wear you’ve decided to try on! The more it becomes a part of you, the more passionate you’ll be about it. If you’re scared or intimidated by fitness, the best thing is to just jump in with both feet and get to work if it’s what you really want to do! If it’s something that you keep telling yourself that you want to do “some day,” just start now and keep learning along the way. If it tastes healthy… if it’s makes you out of breath… if it’s a brightly colored dry-fit shirt… it’s yet another thing that’s going to help solidify your new healthy lifestyle!
2. Plan Ahead
It’s easy to say that there isn’t any healthy food in the house when you find your discipline to avoid junk food wavering. It’s even easier to say you don’t have enough time to get to the gym or that yoga class after work. Best way to avoid these trip-ups? Don’t let them happen in the first place! Get rid of all the junk from your cupboards right now and replace it with good wholesome food and get that workout in first thing in the morning. The best part about working out first thing in the morning, other than the fact that it’s done and you don’t have to worry about it anymore, is the fact that once you get your metabolism and heart rate up in the morning, you’re going to be burning more calories throughout the day, helping you take off those unwanted pounds quicker than you first thought!
3. Find Something You Enjoy
The easiest way to maintain consistency is to make it something you enjoy. Beyond that, there are always going to be those days when you just don’t feel like moving your body. We all have those days. Heck, sometimes we have them for days on end. All you have to do is give yourself a good reminder of why you started in the first place! Take a look at the photo of that person you want to look like in 6 months! And once you get to the workout and you start to hit that wall, just find one thing - one single thing - about what you’re doing that you can enjoy, and use it as motivation - the fact that it’s your favorite exercise, you’re down to the last five minutes and you want to see how much more you can give, or your favorite teacher is instructing that class and you want to give them everything you’ve got! Because through that you see that you’re able to overcome your fatigue and your own limits. And that will be motivation enough!
4. Get Around Like-Minded People
What’s better than training on your own? Finding a buddy or two to train with! Our founder Syd loves hitting up the yoga studio with friends. Personally, I love running 200-mile-long Ragnar Relays with 11 other running buddies every fall. Not only is it easier to hold yourself accountable, but it’s easier to push yourself when you see someone else giving it their all. You can make it openly competitive so that someone has some bragging rights at the end of the workout, or you can just internalize when; when you see someone working a little more, you can say to yourself, “I want more too!"
5. In It For The Long HaulWe’re all going to screw up from time to time - we’re going to miss workouts or have that piece of cake when they told themselves they wouldn’t. But on the bright side, fit people know that at the end of the day, one screw up isn’t enough to sink the ship. Over the course of the next week, month, year, and years to follow, their healthy lifestyle will allow them to enjoy a little indulgence here and there because this is a lifestyle. One small speed bump might slow them down a little, but it won’t stop them altogether. The results are going to come and they are going to consistently improve over time. So don’t let one tiny fail derail you. And don’t let your past limitations affect your future, because you’re only focus is on moving forward!
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