I’m a big advocate of taking baby steps toward a goal and having an “every little bit counts” mindset. The best way to reach a large goal is to separate it into smaller significant and achievable goals and focus on those; the finish line isn’t going anywhere, you can forget about it for now. Here are some tips that might seem silly but are actually really helpful:
1. GET READY
I used to joke that I didn’t go to the gym because I didn’t even feel like driving there., so how could I manage an exercise routine when I didn’t have the motivation to get there in the first place? There are several things you have to do in order to ‘be ready’ to exercise. Clothes, shoes, driving, etc. DO those things without committing to the workout, and when it’s time to exercise, you’ll be more likely to do it because your excuses have been eliminated. It’s a silly mind game, but it works!
2. FIND SOMETHING YOU LOVE
I tried for years to find an exercise I liked. I tried running, belly dancing, pole fitness, Beachbody workouts, and regular gyms. Nothing stuck and I didn’t ‘love’ any of it. CrossFit was the first type of exercise I tried that I sort of looked forward to. I can’t say I was excited to go because it’s a crazy hard workout, but I certainly didn’t dread it. I kept up with it until I got pregnant and the morning sickness was too much. In my new life I’m a full time mom with a full time job and no daycare. I miss CrossFit, but Peloton fits into this stage of life perfectly.
3. START SMALL
If you don’t currently exercise but really want to, focus on building the habit of exercising before you try to make those workouts too long or intense. Every little bit counts, so even if you only commit to 5 minutes a day, you are building a stronger foundation to keep up with longer, more intense workouts. It may even help to put a check mark on a calendar for each day you meet your new goal!
These are just a few things I’ve done that have really helped me stick with my exercise goals. Speaking of… here is Day 72!
You know I love me some tabata! The 2nd ride was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I figured I’d do an easy “music first” fun ride, but nope. Kendall brought it and I wasn’t ready. I think I will retake it when it’s the first class of the day.
Don’t be too hard on yourself! Give yourself some grace.