Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a terrific Halloween weekend. We had too much fun dressing Maxwell up. Is there anything cuter than dressing up babies or dogs for Halloween? I love seeing all the Halloween pictures as I scroll down Instagram. Drew + I are thinking a family costume next year!
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to motivate people to start or expand their workout routine. When I share a picture or tidbit about working out on Instagram, sometimes people comment things like “I wish I had your dedication” “I need your motivation!” “How do you do it?”
Oh my goodness, I wish I could spread it around like fairy dust + that is what I’m trying to do by blogging motivation + inspiration for you. Also, spoiler alert: I’m doing my best to keep up with everything…just like everyone else. It isn’t easy to find the time to fit working out in, but it is important to me. One might call it a priority.
Many times in the past, I’ve written about how you have to find your own why (read: this post). There are SO many reasons to workout, but why do you want to do it? What is going to get you out of bed in the morning? What is going to get your buns to the gym or a class on a cold day when continuing to sleep in a warm bed sounds so much better?
For me, I need workout to balance my stress levels + maintain my mental health. I don’t feel myself if I’m skipping workouts. Another huge reason I workout is because it helps to make me confident in my body. I feel strong + well 98% of the time. People often underestimate how good they could feel because they haven’t yet experienced it.
What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t leave you with a few tips for starting or improving on your own workout journey?
- Take out a piece of paper + write your why. Why do you want to start or increase your workout routine? This really will work better if you focus on positive things instead of “I want to lose my thunder thighs” or something silly like that. Put your why somewhere you can see it + look at it when the you don’t feel like getting your workout in.
- You have time. I repeat: you have time. This is the biggest barrier for SO many people. You can carve out 30 minutes (or more) of your day for this essential task. Do you watch TV? Do you spend 45 minutes+ on social media? Do you press the snooze button over + over for a half hour? Some of the actual busiest people in the world make time to workout (a la Barack Obama for example). I’m positive we can find you some time.
- Consider a workout partner. Workout partners increase accountability. If you set a day + time to meet your workout partner, you really do not want to be the person that cancels the date. If you struggle with getting your workouts in consider meeting a friend, coworker, fellow photographer, or your significant other 2-3 times a week to keep yourself on track. Or consider an accountability partner, someone that will check in with you + you can check in with them to make sure you are doing what you said you would.
- Figure out what works for you. When Maxwell came into our lives, I had this notion that I was still going to be able to get to the gym just as much. But, I had to adjust my sails. I still get my workouts in, but I have to get a little more creative. What I’ve found is that most days that I work, I want to either run from home with Max in his stroller or workout at home. This way, I don’t have to miss that precious time with him before he goes to sleep. I use gym time for a mommy break on the days that I have him all day.
- Plan a workout date. Two birds, one stone. One of my girlfriends + I love to run or go to a class together. In fact, a lot of our get togethers include something active. Another set of friends + I often go to Devil’s Lake to hike. Instead of catching up over coffee or vino we hike a couple miles, soak in the nature around us, and chat about what everyone has going on. It has deepened our friendships + improved our tushes 🙂
- Try something new with another newbie. A friendly face can make trying something new less intimidating. I’ve heard many people say they are intimidated by the weight section of the gym or by a new class they haven’t done before. Completely understandable. Always remember that nobody started out as an expert. Heading to the new class or studio with another person that is new will make it less intimidating. This way you can both get your clip in shoes stuck in the cycling bikes together.
- Make a commitment. Many studios offer a less expensive first month or a deal on a class package. This is a great way to start a workout routine + actually one way these studios hook you in. You start attending regularly for that month + get the feel goods of working out. This is great for you + the business. I believe that any type of working out is better than no working out, so pursue something that sounds interesting to you.
- Find inspiration. Inspiration can come from all over. Maybe you come to this blog to get a little pep in your step (thank you!). For me, I find major inspiration from my husband Drew. He is as dedicated to his workouts as I am + I know he pushes himself during them. If we’re working out together he is always up to sprint at the end of the run or take the hilly route, pushing me to give more than I might without him. He also looks great with his shirt off, which is a huge bonus + extra motivation to keep up!
Hope everyone has a terrific day!