Working on Working Out
A healthy you is a happy you. Working out is not only great for your health, but it also makes you feel more confident about yourself. The number one quality that people usually say they find attractive in others is confidence. Therefore, if you are healthy and happy, this could bring a new romantic partner into your life. Now, I ain’t no nutritionist or personal trainer, but I used to be a chubby gal. Growing up, I didn’t eat right and barely ever worked out. Because of this, I didn’t feel self-assured. Once I started focusing on living a healthier lifestyle (eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly), the pounds started to shed and my confidence grew. Here are 5 helpful tips to get you started on the right track to working out.
The buddy system – Find a partner to work out with. This is extremely helpful if you’re the kind of person that has a plan to work out, but loses steam as the day goes on. If you have a friend that you have committed to working out with, it is more likely you’ll stick with the plan. You are more inclined to flake on yourself than you are on a friend.
Plan on a time – It’s important to set an specific time that you want to work out. Exercising before work or school is a great way to start the day. Although for some, it’s hard to wake up that early and when it comes down to sleep or fitness, sleep always wins. If this is you, try working out after your day is over. Make sure your workout happens RIGHT AFTER you leave work/school. In my experience, if I go home after work and I make my way to that comfy couch, there’s no way I am going to be getting up and working out. I suggest driving over to the gym straight from work/school/wherever or go running in your neighborhood right when you get home. The more lag time = the less likely you are to work out.
Apps – People use Apps for social media, photo editing, games, etc. So why not use an app to get you healthy? Here are some of my favorite apps to get you started: Couch to 5k, 7 Minute Workout, Lift, Breeze and MyFitnessPal. If you want to go even further, buying the UP band from Jawbone is an awesome way to get into shape and to get you eating right. It logs your food intake and the steps you take throughout the day, plus more!
Be realistic – You need to have realistic expectations for yourself. If you’re new to working out, don’t set a goal that is going to be difficult to attain. Instead, start out slow and work your way up. If you set too high of expectations, then you ‘run’ the risk of not meeting them. You might start to feel bad about yourself, and then you’ll be less likely to be motivated to work out. Focus on the small ‘steps’ and you will feel more positive.
Music – Music, or lack there of, can make or break your workout. Making a workout/running playlist can push your workout from a 5 to a 10. When you hear your favorite song with those awesome beats, it will push you even harder. Some of my best workouts have been because of my music. Search through Spotify and you can find a million great playlists – or make your own! And trust me, when you hear Queen’s ‘Don’t stop me now,’ no one will be able to stop you.