Summer is quickly approaching, which means beach, pool parties, vacations, tanning, trips to the river, and a lot less clothing. Don’t wait one more summer hiding in your oversized T to make a change. It’s never too late to start a new exercise regimen or turn your current one up a notch. Quit saying I’ll start Monday or next month or next year. Start NOW. If this sounds like what you’ve been telling yourself, then please listen carefully. The biggest mistake one can make is waiting for the “right” time, because truthfully there will never be the perfect time to start. You need to make the commitment to yourself that you will set aside the time (I’m only asking for an hour a day tops) to improve the quality of your life. Your health needs to be a priority. Exercise not only improves physical appearance and induces confidence, but more importantly, it can increase your energy levels throughout the day, lower blood pressure, aid in diabetes management, increase bone density, lower body fat, improve cardiovascular strength, etc., and just overall make you FEEL better!
Most people tend to struggle with finding an exercise program that works for them, especially long-term. These fad diets and celebrity workout plans are maybe doable for a week, but they aren’t realistic. AND what works for one person might not work for another. We are all individuals with our own passions and interests, so of course we’re going to like different types of workouts. If you try to force an exercise routine that does not appeal to you, it is not something that you will likely stick with. Finding what brings you excitement, while simultaneously providing you with a challenging and effective workout is key to staying motivated, seeing results, and maintaining those results.
It is recommended that a person participates in a strength (anaerobic exercise) training program at least 3x per week. This includes weight lifting, resistance bands, or any activity that puts the muscles under stress. This is how you get stronger, burn more calories, maintain bone density, and get toned of course! In addition to the strength training, it is equally important to do at least 30 minutes of cardio (aerobic exercise) per day. This includes walking, hiking, biking, running, swimming, etc.
I know this may already sound overwhelming to you but I promise working out does not have to be a chore. Working out CAN be fun! If running on the treadmill, aka the hamster wheel, doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. As a former D1 soccer player, you’d think running would be no big deal but I HATE running on the treadmill. I would much rather be playing soccer or running around, than be put on a stationary machine. If this sounds like you, then look into joining a sports team. Cities have coed leagues for all ages for a number of sports. Choose a sport you love to play and give it a try. You’ll be doing cardio without even realizing it because you’ll be having fun.
Another option is to grab a friend to workout with you! Having a workout partner has many benefits. You will always have someone to talk to during your rest breaks. Someone to hold you accountable on the days you just don’t feel like going, and would normally skip out on if you were by yourself. You have someone to push you; a little competition is always good. Working out with someone can also make the gym a less intimidating place. If you don’t have a friend that is willing to work out with you but you need that guidance and accountability factor, hire a personal trainer. They will help you clearly establish your goals, create a personalized program for you, make you feel more comfortable in the gym, and keep you accountable to showing up for your appointments.
If you are already motivated and hold yourself accountable, then you might just need a little more guidance. Depending on your goals, lifestyle, and current fitness level, I can develop a customized fitness program for you to get you to the next level. This includes Skype appointments, follow-up sessions, and weekly check-ins to ensure that you are reaching your goals and loving your program. For inquiries, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that your fitness journey is a work in progress. It is not always going to be easy and there will be many ups and downs. Think of it as a roller coaster with many highs and lows. Some weeks will be better than others and that’s okay. As long as you fill your day with things you are passionate about and do what you love, you can’t ask yourself for anything more. Do your absolute best in your workouts for that day and have fun!
Here is a quote I found that really stood out to me and I hope it resonates with you as well:
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”