WAYS TO MAKE FITNESS EASIER
The time of the year is upon us when most people in America spend the least amount of time thinking about their fitness potential. This is the time of the year when we all start to consider putting our bathing suits away, getting caught up in the hustle of “back to school,” and deciding to pack on that 20 extra pounds by disregarding ourselves. When we realize what we have done, we blame it on the holidays and have to find a resolution for it in January. What if you did not have to start thinking “beach” and “bathing suit” in January as your New Year’s Resolution because you’ve just made a commitment to yourself and your “work in progress?” We’ve put together ways to make fitness easier and more achievable as the Fall looms around the corner.
FIND THINGS YOU ENJOY DOING
Every year around this time, the gyms get packed with people again after everyone has decided to come back in off the beach or their poolside. Before you make a monetary commitment to going anywhere for your fitness, make sure that place has something that will sustain you. Remember, fitness is not just something that you can get in a place full of treadmills, ellipticals, and weights. Have you always wanted to learn to dance? You can do Zumba if it is offered or you could go to a dance studio and enroll in a class where you will actually have to work to keep up. Do you love to run but don’t like cold winter weather? Treadmills are ok, but you will likely get sick of that. You should look for a facility with an indoor track. Do you love to bike but snow prevents you from getting out? Find a gym with a great spinning program. Do you miss summer months because you start your day in your pool swimming laps? Find a gym that offers a pool and your ability to use it whenever you want. Do you love your outdoor bootcamp? Get a few friends together because PLYOGA is not scared of the cold. If you enjoy your fitness experience, it will not feel like a chore.
SET YOURSELF UP WITH AN EFFECTIVE HOME BASED WORKOUT
Almost everyone has a couple days per week where they don’t feel like leaving their home. You have to go to work, but you don’t have to go to the gym, so that’s how you begin to slide on your commitment to yourself. Have a place in your home where you can maintain your commitment on these days. It is so easy for me to go out in my garage on these days. I am met with my dumb bells, pull-up bar, perfect push-up, bands, yoga mat, fitness balls, punching mitts, and rope. When I don’t want to leave my house, I can still find a way to get it done!
WAKE UP EARLIER
You don’t have time? Wake up earlier. You all know the mom and dad with 4 kids and 2 businesses that are fit. They make a priority to be fit. No one has any time for anything. Get up at 5am, before your kids need you to ready them for school. You think you need that extra hour of sleep, but you actually have more energy for your day if you work out.
EAT FITNESS FRIENDLY
We can all make as many commitments to our body and the gym that we want to, but if we do not eat accordingly, we will not achieve what we are setting out for. Did you know you can build lean muscle just by eating certain ways and not even working out. Your body needs good nutritious food more than it needs exercise, although both are terrific. If you are new to this journey, we can help. Email us at PLYOGAFitness@gmail.com.
FIND SOMEONE TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE
When you don’t feel like staying the course, using the buddy system will keep you on track. You might not want to get to the gym at 6am today because your bed just feels so nice and it is cold out….. BUT.. Lucy is probably already on her way there. She would be soooo pissed.. YUP. GET UP!
Whether you are in business, managing money, or developing a personal vision, you cannot remain dedicated unless you set goals to hold yourself accountable. When you set these goals, let other people who you trust know about them. Very few of us can make promises to ourselves and keep it. It’s time to proclaim, “I am going to fit back into these jeans by Halloween,” or “I am going to lose this baby weight by Christmas,” or “This arm fat is soooo not me, and it is going to be gone by Thanksgiving.” You deserve it. Find your target and hit it.
o FIND THINGS YOU ENJOY
o FIND WAYS TO WORKOUT AT HOME
o WAKE UP EARLIER
o EAT FITNESS FRIENDLY
o FIND A RELIABLE WORKOUT BUDDY
o SET GOALS