Most of my adolescent and adult life I’ve been an avid, almost daily, workout-er, but the last 6 years has been a long drawn-out rollercoaster of inconsistency. I would bounce around from good weeks to bad weeks, and sometimes even bad months (ugh) leaving me feeling totally frustrated and defeated. Can you relate? How could I be so good for so long, actually enjoy exercise, and still have a hard time prioritizing it!? The answer (as we all know) is LIFE. It happens. We go through seasons and get in our rhythms, and it can be hard to make adjustments. However, over the last 6 months I’ve been able to find my groove and stay mostly consistent (not perfect!) and thought I’d share the 5 things that have really made a difference, in hopes that they might help you, too!
5 TIPS FOR STAYING CONSISTENT WITH YOUR WORKOUTS
- Remember that good things take time and small things add up! Stop measuring your progress by days and weeks and pay more attention to the months, 6 months, and a year. When your goal is to be stronger, more energetic, and healthier 6 or 12 months from now, it makes it harder to get discouraged when you aren’t feeling or seeing those things in the first few days of your exercise regiment.
- Finding workout partners for accountability is huge and makes getting sweaty more fun, but you know what’s kept me the most in check over the last 6 months? Finding a workout buddy that already consistently worked out (HI HEATHER!)! Not sure if it’s that habits are contagious, that I feel like a dud when I see her run by my house (knowing I should also be running), or just that I don’t want to get left behind. Whatever it is, it works! (Can’t forget my other workout friends, Stephanie + Kylee, who have also been a big motivation!)
- Be proactive when you hit speed bumps… feeling fatigued? Maybe you need a boost in vitamin D or magnesium. Having a hard time getting out of bed? Try making a wakeup roller with peppermint and RC. Knees giving you problems? Could be inflammation (look at your diet!), simply needing to invest in better shoes, or you might need to adjust your workout and add some strength work! Whatever it is, remember that symptoms are opportunities and deserve your attention. Tune into what your body is telling you, talk to friends, seek out experts, and do some research. (A couple of my favorite accounts on IG currently: @the_rewell and @thenutritionaddict)
- Schedule your workouts ahead of time! Put it on the calendar, pick your class, video, hiit, run, outfit, etc. before. Makes it harder to make excuses :)
- D R I N K Y O U R W A T E R ! (Are you tired of people telling you that? Ha!) Unless of course you don’t mind feeling tired, being in a fog, acting moody, or always feeling hungry. Easier said than done (I know) but also a no brainer!
leggings (so many cute ones on sale and this pattern is so good too!), sports bra, sweatshirt (also love this one), sneakers
I hope by sharing what’s worked for me lately, you feel encouraged! Remember to give yourself grace in the process and that community is a life source. Be patient (and proactive) if you’re not seeing or feeling the results you hope for. More than anything give yourself space to go through the process. It will never be or look perfect and our needs and resources change with each season so work with what you have!
What’s helped you stay moving!?