Hitting The Reset Button
Its not just about fitness goals. Its about building solid habits.
Have you ever reached a point where you feel uninspired and less determined to keep pushing yourself to attain your fitness goals? February is here and we have been presented with a second chance to get back on track; whether you fell off your goals or not, I find that it always helps to get positive reminders that you are doing your best. So here is your reminder to start again despite how the beginning of the year kicked off.
Most people have reached out wanting to understand the mindset one requires to start their fitness journey and remain consistent. Similarly, majority of people want to understand the daily tips to apply that will help you make it to every workout during the week. I think we can all agree that 2020 was a year that threw us off our game because we were all forced to adapt to the new reality of home workouts which is not a favorite for many. So as you start again, here are some tips that will help you to keep the groove going.
1. Try a new workout challenge
If you have been working out consistently for three months, I would highly encourage you to either take it up a notch or try something new altogether. Science has proven that after three months of consistent training, you will see results but there is also a high chance of hitting a plateau because your body could get comfortable with the routine. I recently started Tae-Kwondo classes this month and although I am still in the first week, I look forward to the journey ahead. Keeping your workouts interesting and out of the norm will inspire you to keep going back.
2. Change the time you set to workout
If you are someone who prefers to exercise in the morning, you can consider trying mid-morning, afternoon or evening workouts. Your body could be struggling with the routine you have set for various reasons including what you eat, how many hours of rest you get, and how much you hydrate. In as much as our bodies love routine, sometimes breaking that to try something else could be what you needed to keep going.
3. Document your growth
I know people are hesitant to take pictures or videos of themselves working out because its seen as pride, but you better be proud of yourself for making time! I absolutely love documenting my progress because when you scroll through your gallery to see how it all started versus how it’s going, you feel a sense of achievement. That feeling can keep you pushing through periods you’re inactive.
4. Consider hiring a personal trainer
We all know hiring a personal trainer is expensive but as my good friend Polycarp Otieno says, the word ‘expensive’ is relative. If you spend around 5000 Kshs on entertainment every weekend, that amounts to close to 20,000 Kshs per month. That same amount can be directed to either a gym membership where you can have a trainer or hire a personal trainer. Consider it to be an investment in yourself, whose returns are positively endless.
5. Remember why you started
If you are starting to workout for the first time, I highly encourage you to write down the reason that has driven you to this new path. Anytime you feel like quitting, this will be your constant reminder of why you started. If possible, write it down and stick it on your bathroom mirror.
Yours in Wellness
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Writer: Loise Machira
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