Despite our best intentions and the most careful planning, when it comes to fitness, there often comes a point when things begin to derail.
Maybe life got busy so you missed a few weeks and now you’re out of routine. Maybe you are bored of doing the same routine without seeing results as quickly as you’d like. Perhaps you never started. You find yourself saying that you’ll start working out again tomorrow. Yet “tomorrow” never seems to come.
If you’ve found yourself in a slump, then it may be time to start fresh again!
A new start begins, largely, with your mindset. How you feel about working out, what you think about yourself, and how confident you are in your abilities will impact your success, the results of your fitness routine, and even your ability to stay on track.
If you’d like to get your fitness routine off to a fresh start, here are a few ways to shift your mindset!
So often, it’s easy to get down on ourselves when it comes to health and fitness. Whether it’s a missed workout or an extra piece of cake at lunch, all too often, we are our own worst critics and our minds are filled with guilt and self-sabotage. We begin to say things like, “I’ll never be fit,” or “I always overeat.” Sadly, over time this internal dialogue becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, and we begin to live as though it were true.
Instead of allowing yourself to feel guilty, it’s important to work towards developing a positive relationship with fitness and food. Try talking to yourself as though you were your best friend. Would you say those things to her? Or even think those things? Try encouraging yourself with positive thoughts and affirmations. “I will run that half-marathon!” “I am strong!” This simple change in mindset will encourage you, help you achieve far more than you’d ever thought possible, and will get you on the road to lasting, positive change.
Reconsider Your Reasons
Many of us tend to view eating something ‘bad’ as a reward and look at exercise as a type of punishment. But this mentality has the ability to send us into a downward spiral faster than anything. Instead of looking at food as your reward and exercise as your punishment, consider this: you need both. You should never shame yourself into an exercise routine, or feel guilt over eating certain foods. Instead, it’s important to allow yourself the freedom to enjoy those things that you love. All foods fit!
Make It Achievable
Don’t set lofty, unobtainable goals and then get down on yourself for not being able to accomplish them. Instead, make your fitness goals and routines achievable. If you don’t have an hour to devote to a workout, no worries! Simply set aside 15 minutes instead. A short workout is far better than nothing, so go with what you can reasonably do. Don’t forget to pencil it into your planner—otherwise, it’ll get overlooked.
Finding it hard to stay motivated? It’s time to get social! Get together with a friend for a walk, try to find a gym-buddy, or make it a family event. Tennis, swimming, and cycling are all great family activities. Getting social while getting your fitness routine on helps you stay on track while having fun in the process. Plus, it’s the best form of built-in accountability!
Change Your End Goal
While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get in better shape, there’s a good chance that your goals extend beyond simple exterior aspirations—and it’s important to take the time to discover what they are. Recognize that you’re working out for a life-changing experience—whether you’d like to be healthier, have more energy, or get stronger. Make it about your life, not just your appearance.
Find a Routine That You Love
Finally, one of the reasons that it’s often so hard for us to stick to a fitness routine is that we don’t enjoy the routine itself. Maybe we find the treadmill boring, or perhaps we’re struggling to find time to go to the gym. If this sounds like you, then don’t fret! This doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the idea of ever enjoying your workout. Instead, find something that you love!
There are plenty of different ways to get exercise. From hiking to cycling, weightlifting to Pilates, hiring a personal trainer, or even chasing your kids around at the park, there’s no shortage of options for you. Find something that you love, and make it work for you.
When it comes to shifting into a new routine, it’s important to remember that you can do it. Your ability to succeed will come down to how well you’re matched with your new program and how confident you are in your abilities. With the right routine and a positive mindset, you will be unstoppable!