It is so easy to jot down resolutions with full intention to conquer each one… but as we know it, life gets in the way of our perfect world and jobs, family, and chores all interrupt our perfect intention, making our resolution to get lean and fit seem unreachable… but have no fear! These 4 tips to help you commit to your abs of steel will make the journey easier:
1. Have a strong ‘why.’
Plain and simple- what is your reason for working out? What results do you envision? Do you want to improve your appearance, feel healthier, be better at a sport, or another reason? On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the strongest), how badly do you want it? If you’re not at a solid ’10’, dig deeper and get to the root of why you want be healthier, fitter, look better and be better. This will be the foundation as you push yourself on your lowest days.
2. The answer is ‘Yes.’
I’ll make this easy for you, when questioning whether you should hit the gym or not, the answer is ‘yes’. Working out eases most uncomfortable ailments. Tired? Exercise gives you a boost of energy. Hungover? Sweat it out. No time? 10-minute workouts are effective. Bad mood? Exercise releases endorphins. As a general rule, working out should make you feel better, not worse. Therefore, the answer is ‘no’ when you’re dealing with illness, pain, medical restrictions, doctors orders, or anything that will get worse with exercise.
3. Partner up or join a group.
There are many benefits to working out with friends or groups. A driven workout buddy provides built-in accountability, friendly competition to keep you on your toes, and some social stimulation to make time fly by. Joining an exercise group has the same benefits on a larger scale plus the group camaraderie and vibe. Some examples of group workouts that tend to offer a sense of togetherness are boot camps, spin classes, CrossFit, Roadrunners, Meetups, and most scheduled group classes that you can attend regularly.
4. Reward milestones and success.
Hard work always deserves reward. Create an awesome reward for when you hit your goal, and smaller rewards for milestones and PRs along the way. Some non-food reward recommendations include spa treatments, enjoying a night out or day off, buying something for yourself and more.