For the past several months I’ve been dedicated to yoga. My teacher training, home practice, newfound love of meditation and mantra, as well as just the sheer amount of time that it all takes up, as been all encompassing. Along with that single-focus has come a soft abandonment of all over forms of exercise. I’ve jumped back and forth with a HIIT, Train Run, and weight lifting session here and there, but nothing with consistency.
The time and brain-space that training and teaching has taken up has been a greater weight than I anticipated, and now months in I’m seeing the deterioration of not just my muscles but also my endorphin loving brain.
I’ve been struggling with body changes, the new school schedule, and how reeling I feel as I count down (in sadness and excitement, it’s confusing!) the hours to being done with this life-altering training. Consequently, one things continues to burn lightening bright in my brain, is a missing tool that I know works, to help me manage all the change.
I know that for me, sweaty workouts, heavy weights, and loud music in my ears are all way’s that I am capable of tuning out anxiety, nervous thoughts, negative self-talk, and feel in a bit calmer control over my schedule. So. . . it’s over-due that I connect back into a regular workout schedule. However, the only consistent time of day I have? is bright and early. Not my favorite. Here are 5 Tip’s I’m employing help myself stay consistent. They’re my tried and true, go-to, always help me find my groove tips.
5 Tips to Help You Follow Through on a
New Fitness Goal!
- Be realistic in your goal. Choose a time of day that actually works for you. For example, I wish I could be a 5am workout person. But. . . it’s not something I will consistently follow through on. So my early workout comes at 7:30am. It’s a change, new, but doable to my life, sleep patterns, and current kid sleep schedule.
- Tell people. Your friends, your internet friends, your partner, someone. It’ll help you be accountable; exchange ridiculous sweaty selfies with your bestie, or just broadcast is across your IG like some people I know (spoiler: ME). Knowing you have someone in your corner is helpful for follow through and consistency. Charlie is my go-to, he helps me get up early, and this AM he set my laptop up so I could just roll right on in there without much effort.
- Plan it out. Either have a program you love and you can have your workout already established, or (like me) if you’re planning your own workouts, get it figured out ahead of time. Scroll through videos, or plan what you’ll do at the gym. That makes it easier to follow through the next day, less to have to think about.
- Have something you either do as a routine before or after, or both. For example, pre-workout I have warm lemon water, and after I enjoy my hot-morning drink (coffee, matcha, tea, whatever!) It’s an easy thing to look forward to and a good way to trick your brain into wanting to get up and going. Having those little brain-games you play with yourself is an easy way to keep motivation chugging along.
I could fill this up with nearly endless tips, but these are the ones I’m really focusing in on this time around. Use your community, brain-habit skills, and online friends to help get that ball rolling!