Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

How to sustain your New Year’s resolution workout routine

Ok, here it is, the big secret to maintaining a healthier lifestyle: HAVE FUN!

It seems silly and incredibly simple, but it’s true. If working out isn’t fun, you aren’t going to want to do it and you won’t stick with it. If your workout is something you enjoy, you will start to look forward to it, and you’ll actually want to do it. You’ll start to crave it. As you get better and better at something, you will enjoy it more and more.

I find there are a few key obstacles that people get hung up on when it comes to working out.

  1. Can’t find/make the time to do it
  2. Can’t afford a gym membership
  3. Get bored easily
  4. Think working out is for “other” people
  5. Scared to go to the gym because they don’t look good enough
  6. Don’t know what to do or where to start

I want to address these points with a few points of my own.

  1. Everyone is different and enjoys different things, find what works for you!
  2. Workouts don’t have to be long or even super intense to be beneficial.
  3. The gym isn’t the only place you can work out.
  4. You don’t need a lot of equipment to do exercise.
  5. Exercise is for EVERYONE! No matter what the skill level.
  6. There are classes, books, trainers, and friends full of different workout ways and ideas.
  7. If it’s not fun, find a way to MAKE it fun. Bring the fun with you!
  8. Never be afraid of how you look at the gym. Everyone has to start somewhere, and you could be that motivation for someone else.

The fact is, unless you figure out a way to make time for exercise, and find something that works for you, you will never follow through. To use myself as an example, I was struggling with trying to find time to work out and I hate going to the gym. Instead of quitting, I started doing 15-30 min workouts in my basement. Because I hate just pumping iron, I do a combination of core workouts, medicine ball drills and body weight exercises. I also run a couple of times a week. In contrast, I have a friend who has been doing a fighter diet and a 12-week challenge at the gym. She loves it and thrives on it.  Both of us have had positive results with completely different styles.

The key is to not get hung up on what you can’t do, but instead, find what you can do!  Look at your local gyms, fitness centers, and community centers for classes if you don’t know where to start. Hire a personal trainer, join a boot camp or do a drop-in exercise class.  Don’t have the money for classes? Find a spot in your house and do body weight exercises. Find an outdoor gym. Grab a pair of shoes and go for a jog or even a walk.  There are so many ways to be active, just find what works for you!

And remember, make it FUN! Put music on and rock out if that’s what gets you going. Find a friend to be accountable with and encourage each other. It doesn’t matter what you do or how you do it as long as you enjoy what you do.

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