I work with a lot of people at varying stages of their fitness journey. The most successful are the ones that make a serious and ongoing commitment to their program. No matter what. Call it stick-to-it-ivness, consistency, motivation, whatever you like.
If you are struggling to get started with or stay on a program, here are some tips that can help you with your journey.
- Find a buddy or sign up for a class. Working out with other people is addicting and motivating. Having a place to go or a person to meet will turn a ‘maybe’ workout into a sure thing.
- Make your workout non-negotiable. Unless you break a body part, have to take care of a suddenly sick child/spouse or (god forbid) an emergency do not skip your workout.
- Have a backup plan. Working late? Have to drive kids to an event? Figure out how to get in a quick walk or do a 10 minute circuit at home. There is always time to squeeze something in.
- Learn to make YOU a priority. This is probably the hardest one for Moms to embrace. If you start to make yourself a priority your husband will step up to the challenge (cereal for dinner won’t hurt anyone once in a while) and your kids will understand if you come to their soccer game 5 or 10 minutes late. It’s a good lesson to your children and family that Mom’s health is important and that the world doesn’t revolve around them.
- Create a circle of like-minded people. You need to surround yourself with people who “get” what you are trying to do and will support you. These are your friends who offer to take your kid to soccer so you can get a run under your belt or offer to walk or run with you instead of hitting happy hour on a Friday night. And it’s also helpful in case you don’t have a supportive spouse to pick up the slack.
- Restart as often as necessary. You may have tried to get in shape in the past and failed. Or you may have been in awesome shape a few years ago but life got in the way and now you can barely do a push up or run more than a block. No matter. Keep resetting, restarting and committing. You’ll get there.
Good luck and let me know how I can help.
Now go run!