OK, I feel like I have to kind of say something before diving into this post. I am NOT any kind of personal trainer/fitness influencer LOL. I started sharing my workouts with friends a while ago because we thought it would be helpful to us all who struggle to workout even though we know we should (AKA me!). With all this Covid chaos, working out hasn’t really changed for me. I have always preferred to work out at home so having to adjust from being able to go to the gym isn’t something I have personally struggled with.
I guess what I’m trying to say is I STRUGGLE with working out. It does not come naturally to me. But what has worked for me is trying to find different ways to stay on top of it. TBH, I feel like I have to trick myself into working out most days or turn it into some kind of game since I do have a bit of a competitive streak in me. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing lately that I think has worked well for me as well as some things my girlfriends have found too.
PS – Wherever you’re at right now on your fitness journey or with working out, you’re killing it! I mean, we’re all just doing the best we can right now. I don’t want anyone to feel like if they’re not doing the same things I am that they’re doing something wrong. These are just things that have helped me so I want to share! 🙂
A friend and I work out together on our lunch breaks at home over FaceTime. We know we’re going to do it every other day at 12:30pm and we hold each-other accountable. If you don’t have someone to workout with at the same time, maybe filming or live streaming your workout videos will actually help with holding you accountable to get your workout in!
Feeling comfortable working out at home AND the gym.
I feel like a lot of people have strong opinions on working out at home vs going to a gym. Usually, it seems like you either love one and hate the other. I actually HATE going to gyms. It feel like for me it’s a waste of money and I felt very intimidated by the other people there working out. Some people, like Tyson for example loves the gym and it started to become an accountability thing for him. His gym requires you to make an appointment now if you want to come in and knowing he made an appointment forces him to actually show up.
Getting back into cooking again.
If you’ve been around recently, then you know I’ve been hot and cold with cooking lately. Some nights it feels relaxing, others it feels like the most daunting and time-consuming task. BUT, I totally feel like, for me at least, that cooking and staying in a good workout routine go hand-in-hand. Not that every meal I cook is perfectly healthy, but I think it’s more about being in a routine. Like when I’m in a routine of cooking, working out, going to bed at a good time, etc., I just make better choices all around.
Keeping the walking going strong.
I love my walks, and to be completely transparent, walks are making up the majority of my current workout routine. It just feels like the most doable thing whenever I really, REALLY don’t want to do anything. Plus you can go with a friend or listen to music or a podcast and before you know it you’ve walked more than your daily goal! Basically what I’m saying is, when in doubt, go for a walk!
Challenging myself to new things.
I mentioned above that I sometimes have to trick myself or turn things into a game in order to get workouts in, and that’s what I did in July and August to motivate myself to run more. I challenged myself walk 5 km every day (roughly 3 miles) throughout the months. I actually did pretty good at keeping up with it too! It was just a fun way to keep my workout routine interesting. Plus I think it’s good to mix things up and try different workouts otherwise I get bored, and when I’m bored, all bets are off.
I hope this info is helpful to you guys if you’re looking for ways to keep up with working out! And if you have any of your own tips to share, please do in the comments!
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