I had the BEST holiday season. Tons of family, lots of festive parties, a little travel, starting a pretty big home renovation project and a lot of overindulging in treats. And although I wouldn’t trade it, all of this fun did come with a cost – it made the normal routines that i was used to nearly non-existent, including working out. How to Start Working Out Again
Usually when this happens – because it’s not like this is the first time – I can dig deep, read a motivational blog post or two and get back into the swing of things. That wasn’t the case this time. It had been three months since I walked in the door of my gym (BLAST) and I didn’t know how I was going to turn things around. How to Start Working Out Again
So, I contacted an Atlanta workout shaman, Kelly Lyons, who is the Assistant Fitness Director and an instructor for BLAST. Her advice helped me get back on track, and I wanted to share some of it with you. I also had an unhealthy week of retail therapy – which I can also share with you…
Here’s what Kelly had to say: How to Start Working Out Again
What are the main reasons that people give up on their fitness goals?
Life is busy. It’s hard to juggle everything that gets thrown in your direction, and when everything starts to pile up it’s easy to put everyone and everything before yourself. Whether it is work, kids, family, or friends- time starts to slip away, you get tired, and there is always one more item on your to do list. I always tell my clients that their workouts are their time to be selfish. They deserve those 60 minutes to themselves, for themselves. How to Start Working Out Again
What is it about a fitness community that keeps people motivated?
Being part of a fitness community is imperative because you have a community that is built around you- a group of people on the same journey who are there to support you, hold you accountable, and empower you. Same goes the other way around. Doesn’t it feel great to know that you are positively influencing and motivating someone else? You never know whose life you might impact. Plus, it is always more fun to workout next to a friend! 🙂
How can we develop a fitness community?
Developing a fitness community begins with a studio or gym, like BLAST, that brings together like-minded individuals that are passionate about living a healthy and active lifestyle. Your fitness community should welcome you with open arms, push you to reach new heights, and support you in and out of the studio. At BLAST this continues to happen every day- with clients who have been with us for 9 years to someone trying BLAST for the first time. We want every client to be accounted for, known by name, and supported by not only the instructor, but also the people running or lifting next to you. BLAST’s community should empower and challenge you all in one.
This one is especially important for me. At BLAST all of the instructors know me by name and are crazy supportive (after the first “well hey there! Haven’t seen you in awhile.” cringe. There is a Buckhead instructor named Sarah that my husband and I are literally super excited to see every time we go into class. I hug her more than I hug some of my friends. She helps me feel empowered, accountable and challenged all at the same.
People seem to quit when they don’t see, or can’t sustain, results. How can we fight through that?
I think people need to trust in the process and be realistic. I find it easier when I focus on more than just the results- working out if an investment to my health. There is no easy button. It takes time and patience. The results will come along with hundreds of other benefits for your overall health!
Motivation can be particularly hard to find this time of year when the temps are still freezing. What’s a gal (or guy) to do?
That is a tough one. One thing I like to do, especially when my motivation starts to lack, is to sit down on Sunday and plan my workouts for the week. I sign up for classes or make specific times to go to the gym, put them on my calendar, and make sure that is the one thing on my to do list that I don’t put off for later. I always make sure to give myself at least one rest day to let my body recover and mind reset. Biggest thing is to not let one bad night of eating (or one too many glasses of wine) throw you off. Have that glass of wine and your workouts too!