People often tell me that they want to get in shape but they just don’t like working out. There are so many reasons why. People have aspirations and dreams of being healthier and in shape- some people want to lose weight or become “toned” or get “bigger” or maybe they just want to be able to move around better or get less winded when they walk up the stairs. All of these are wonderful intentions and yet, so often, they fail.
Why is that?
Why is it that so often, after a few weeks or months, people give up and go back to their old habits? Today I’d like to address some of these issues and discuss how to make changes to be more successful in your goals.
- Identify Your True Goals (and be realistic!): With so many “Fitspiration” and “Fitspo” accounts out there showing men and women with amazing and “perfect” physiques, it’s easy to want to use that as a goal to motivate yourself. As someone who competes, let me break it down simply: those people don’t look like that all the time. Sure, there is a very very small percentage of people who look like the picture all the time but it’s rare. Most people prepare for photo shoots and shows to be at their absolute best and then quickly go back to being relatively “normal” looking (at least until the next shoot or show). It takes an incredible amount of time and effort- the equivalent of a full-time job, honestly. What I’m trying to get at here is to be realistic with your goals and set your priorities where they lie for your life. When I prep for competition my social life, school life, blog life- any life really, other than “prep-life”, becomes practically obsolete. It becomes a priority and and everything else takes a backseat and it’s hard- really hard. Sit down and identify your goals for yourself and why you really want to do it. Then sit down and organize what sacrifices you are willing to make or not make to get there. You may realize that other things (such as school or family time) take priority over working out which is absolutely fine. Take that into consideration when you organize your workout schedule and plans until you find something that works for you.
- Start with Something Manageable: If you’ve never really worked out much, don’t plan on suddenly going to the gym to work out 5-6 days a week. You might be motivated the first few days or weeks, but eventually that motivation wears off and before you know it, you’re back to forgetting that you even have a gym membership in the first place. Give your body and your mind time to adjust. Changing habits and routines takes time. Maybe plan on just going to work out 3 times a week or plan on going for a jog twice a week and going to the gym once a week something that seems reasonable for you. The key is to plan for the long run. You can always add to your schedule later but start with something you can reasonably see yourself doing 6 months from now.
- Try Things Out: Don’t like the gym? Try something else! To be honest, I recommend trying something for a few months before giving up on it but going to the gym isn’t the only way to get in shape! Try working out at home, jogging, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, spinning, biking, judo- there are so many ways to get in shape and so many ways to keep active! Try different things out and find something that works for you!
- Give It Time: Be patient! As I said before, give it some time before you give up. Try things out for a few months to see if it’s for you but also, give it a few months before you expect to start seeing results. It takes time to make changes in your body and even more time for it to start showing so just be patient and stick to it for a few months before you write if off and give up.
- Get a Workout Partner: This one is a biggie and helps so much. Find someone else with similar goals and motivations. Ideally if you can find someone that can work out with you that’s the best but obviously isn’t realistic all the time (I rarely have someone to work out with but when I do it’s so much more fun!). Even someone that you can text to motive yourself and each other helps. I have lots of friends that I talk to regularly about working out and prep and everything else. It helps keep me focused and allows me to keep my goals in the forefront of my mind.