There are many different reasons we may fall out of our fitness routine. A change of season or routine, the kids are back in school, maybe work is a little more aggressive this time of year, or PSL season brings out the side of us that loves to cozy up on the couch. Whatever your reason is, it can happen to any of us.
Maybe you’re like me? I started out unwavering, with my fitness and health goals clearly in mind. I was consistently showing up to class and hitting my goals for the week. It felt so good mentally, and physically to move my body and finish the week with 4 classes under my belt. I was getting stronger, and more flexible. And then something happens to throw me off of one session… no big deal! I’ll make it up! Then I miss a second…and suddenly it’s been a whole week, and my momentum is gone. Now it’s hard to find the motivation to get back into the swing of things. Sound familiar?
If you’re struggling to stay motivated, or jump back into consistency, here are a few tips you can implement to jumpstart your fitness journey again.
- Positive self-talk: Give yourself a little pep-talk, like you’re talking to someone else. If your best friend were struggling with the same thing, what would you say to encourage them? Of course you want the best for them!! Why not love yourself the same way?
- Make it a part of your daily routine: If finding time to work out is challenging, don’t fall back on excuses. Your time is valuable, so that is even more of a reason to make the most of each chance you get to work out.
- Set a new goal for yourself: Why do you want to be healthier, stronger, leaner, or more flexible? Maybe you’ve already met your previous goals, and it’s time to set the bar a little higher for yourself. Maybe there’s an important event coming up that you want to feel or look your best for? It could be time to re-evaluate why working out is important for you. Write it down, and put it somewhere you can see it.
- Find a workout buddy who’s fitter than you: Have you ever heard the saying “You are the average of the 5 people you hang around” or something like that. It can totally apply to fitness! It can be incredibly motivating to work out with someone you perceive to be or more fit than yourself, and cause you to push a little harder in your workout, or show up to the class you are on the fence about. Your instructor may even be a great resource.
- Reward yourself in healthy ways: Celebrate the little goals along the way! Celebrate completing your first class back, and your first week!! A workout should never be a punishment for what you ate. There are other ways to allow yourself to indulge: Get your nails done, stop by that shop you’ve been dying to peruse, treat yourself to a little at-home (or in-spa) R&R, watch that extra episode on netflix. I’m sure you’ve already thought of something by now.
- Get Competitive: Seeing someone else perform well can be just the push we need to make sure we get to class, or finish our reps unbroken. Seeing someone else pick up the heavier set of weights may be what can finally push you out of the 2lb comfort zone. Share your milestones on social media!
- Engage with the community: Redlands Barre is a resource unto itself. There’s so many women in the community who are seeking the same encouragement you desire, and would LOVE to connect with you and share in your journey. Make some new friends at the studio. No one magically arrives at their goal, everyone has to start somewhere. Chances are, there’s other women in the studio who have experienced something similar, and can encourage you through it.
Need a friendly push?
Participate in the BARREtober Bingo Challenge at Redlands Barre! Grab your bingo card (full of exciting mini-challenges) and stamp your way back into a healthy routine. You have health, fun, fitness, and prizes to gain.
When: October 1st-29th
How to Register: Grab your bingo card from the front desk this week! The challenge begins on Saturday.