Throughout my health and fitness journey, there is definitely one thing that hit home for me, and that was -- I am not stopping. It's apart of my life now. There was a start day, but now, there's no foreseeable end date.
When I enrolled on my first 30-day Challenge Group, I couldn't wait to see my results. I also couldn't wait to reach the end of the my program. I thought, once I complete this program, I'll take a break.
What I was really saying was, I will take a break on my health. Let me press pause on my workouts and nutrition, because LIFE. It get's busy, chaotic, and stressful. I am a new mom. Rachel is demanding of my time, so let me put myself on the back-burner.
After my 30-day program ended, I went on "maintenance mode." I stopped working out, and my nutrition wasn't as rigid. And of course, my weight started piling on.
That is when I realized that health and fitness is a lifestyle.
It is ongoing. A way of life. It's not meant for a brief moment. It's not meant to be squeezed in a month before a vacation. It ought to be integrated into our crazy schedules. Life will always be hectic. We can't decide to commit to health & fitness when things "settle down."
"It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently."
These are the top 5 tips that helped me fit fitness into my newly crazy #momlife.
1. MAKE TIME
If I had time to aimlessly scroll through Facebook or Instagram, then I definitely had 30 minutes to spare for a workout. Instead of finding time to workout, I started thinking about how I can make time to squeeze in a workout. Sometimes I would have to say 'no' to certain things in order to say 'yes' to taking care of myself.
2. REWARD MYSELF
I knew that if I exercised and ate right that I would reach my goals, but not even that would motivate me to get up and move sometimes. Why is it that losing weight or getting healthy and fit is not a good enough incentive to exercise? I believe it is because we are so used to instant gratification, and we want to see results NOW. I remember reading a devotional from Rick Warren, and he said, "We have been so out of shape for several years, but we try to get in shape in one week." Proper weight loss takes time. Setting short term goals, such as 2 pounds instead of 20 pounds helped me maintain my workout regime, and once I met a fitness goal, I would reward myself with new workout clothes, a massage, or maybe even pizza.
3. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE
Doing the same workout every day will get boring. I need something dynamic and exciting. Changing up my workout routine has really helped me enjoy fitness. I love Beachbody on Demand, because I have access to hundreds of workout programs that I can stream on any device, from choreography, MMA-Inspired workouts, strength training, cardio, yoga, and plenty more. My favorite program is Core De Force. It is a MMA-inspired workout that will keep you coming back for more! This superhero workout is core-shredding, and there's just something about throwing punches and kicks after a long day at work, which helps make you feel incredible. Plus, you feel like the ultimate badass while doing it!
4. TOO TIRED
We're so busy in our daily lives with commuting, working, and multi-tasking that it is no wonder why we end up too tired to workout. “And it’s not just a physical fatigue. It’s a low emotional energy leaving us feeling negative and drained.” says Jarrod Spencer, Psy.D., sports psychologist at Mind of the Athlete in Bethlehem, PA. I actually feel more lethargic when I don't exercise. Yes, my muscles will feel sore, but I always end up feeling more energized if I maintain an active lifestyle. Right before a workout, if I start making excuses on why I should skip it, I immediately start changing into my workout clothes. All of a sudden, I get a burst of energy, and I am ready to conquer my workout. It seems that we also have to train our brains to overcome these mental obstacles. At the end of my workout, no matter what, I NEVER regret that I did it.
Exercise is paradoxical. We're spent after an intense workout, but it leaves us feeling more energized.
5. COSTLY GYM MEMBERSHIP
Although gym memberships vary in price, mine wasn't so bad. The problem was that I wasn't using it as much as I used to since giving birth to my daughter. I knew that if I wanted to get back to pre-baby weight, I would have to invest a lot of time, money and energy to get back to the gym, and that included childcare for Rachel. During maternity leave, I didn't it have funds at my disposal, and I knew that I would have to be home more, so those quick trips to the gym were no longer my forte. I signed up with Beachbody so that I can work towards my weight loss goals, be home with Rachel, and save money. I'm sure I have said this before, but I am so thankful for my Beachbody on Demand!
Do you see yourself adapting these helpful tips into your life in order to fit fitness into your crazy schedule? If they helped me get out of my motionless rut, I am pretty sure they will help you too.
When was the last time someone helped you with your fitness goals? I would love to help and encourage you to take the next steps in helping yourself.
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