It is most definitely January. You want to know how I can tell? There are a lot of white socks in my barre classes, total giveaway of first timers. We were all newbies once. Sitting in the corner, staring at the lulu clad women coming into their seemingly “assigned” spots. Those New Year’s resolutions rolling in. Here is my PSA for the day, give a quick hello, make everyone feel welcome. You were new once right? All the new faces around class got me to thinking about ways to make sure to continue those New Year’s goals that we all set. Here are some suggestions to keep those healthy habits going throughout the year.
Make Sure You Have Found Something That You Enjoy Doing
There is nothing worse when you have to dread going to the gym. I hated thinking about running on a treadmill for 45 minutes with some sweaty guy to one side and an overly perfumed girl on the other. So you know what ended up happening? You guessed it! I wouldn’t go. Then I discovered my love for Barre and Spin classes. It doesn’t feel like a chore…I look forward to going (well 95% of the time let’s be honest!) So if you have started working out and aren’t feeling it….time to switch it up and find something else to try. Otherwise I guarantee you will not enjoy it and burn out. Ask a friend what they do. Or try a new class at the gym. Find something that gives you that amazing feeling when you are done, that makes you want to come back for more.
Sign Up For a Challenge
My Barre studio has a challenge where you complete 20 classes in 30 days and at the end you are rewarded with discounts and other fun prices. We have a challenge board up that tracks everyone’s name and holds you accountable. You better believe a Type A person like me likes a challenge! Plus, all the clients totally heckle you if you aren’t adding those dots by your name. Having a goal that you can meet is rewarding and helps drive you into make these weekly workouts part of a routine. See if your local gym or studio has a challenge. If they don’t have one….help them make one! Wouldn’t that be fun to be in charge of?
Track Your Progress
My favorite free apps for tracking workouts and daily intake are My Fitness Pal and Human. I even have Mark using Human for the walking throughout the day. My Fitness Pal is a great way to keep track of your daily calories, water intake and exercise. It gives you a nice overall estimate of your daily intake vs expenditure. It has a very easy to use app for Iphone and Androids. Or of course the Fitbit (my full review here) or apple watches are also great trackers.
Share Your Success
You’ve been working hard put that after shot on Facebook or blast out an email to your friends and family. You will be surprised how much their positive feedback will help drive you to continue. See if your gym or studio has a person of the week or a working hard shout out. Showing your journey of success will motivate others and help you stay committed. A lot of work environments will do “The Biggest Loser” type competitions, if yours doesn’t have one. Start it. Take that selfie shot (make sure not to do any of these selfies…oh my #3 I am still laughing about) or show those pants that don’t fit anymore! Nothing makes me more excited then to see a client’s positive results!
Go Ahead and Reward Yourself
So you’ve been sticking with spin now….go an splurge and get those spin shoes! Or you’ve been staying loyal with your Barre and Pilates class….time for a new pair of stickie socks or those leggings you’ve been eyeing. I mean it only makes sense since it is part of your routine, now you need the digs to go along with it! Plus, when you are looking good, you know you are feeling good. Splits59 makes some of my favorite workout leggings. The newest barre leggings trend is the moto leggings and mesh inserts. Koral activewear has one of the best lines for this. I am also totally digging LnA right now.
Make a New Set of Goals and Enroll a Friend
You’ve breezed through the first month. Now, here is your chance to think about your next set of goals. This is the time to sign up for that 10k or the Spin Marathon Event. Having a long term goal will help you stay on track. I’ve signed up for a yoga challenge in the past. Which brings me to my next point, try signing up with a friend so you have someone else to hold you accountable and vice versa. My girlfriend Abbey and I set barre dates all the time. Friends are especially helpful when it comes to motivating for those early morning classes.
Reflect on Your Journey
Take some time to reflect on your progress. See what things have been working for you and what hasn’t. From there, see what you need to change or continue with to allow you to continue to be successful with your exercise and healthy living goals. Sometimes, I will sit down with my planner and look at my past workouts. I try to find the workout gaps and see the reasoning behind it. Did I over schedule myself that day? Did I try to make a 430 class when I was on the other side of town? What teachers classes did I really enjoy and maybe I can try to coordinate more with those times. Take this time to applaud yourself for your hard work and plan for a successful continued future.
I hope these helped! How do you motivate and push yourself to continue with your workouts and healthy lifestyles past the Near Year? If you need some additional help make sure to check out this post for workout playlists and at home burners!