Over the past 2 years, I’ve undergone a bit of a transformation. Yes, of course it has been a physical one, but even more so it’s been a mental/emotional one. After having my daughter I realized how much I had struggled with self-doubt and poor self-image (outwardly manifested as perfectionism), and I decided something had to change.
It was then that I started my very first fitness program and hesitantly joined the online accountability group my coach recommended. And while those two components were the vehicle for change for me, it was really about so much more than that…
Let me be totally honest with you…I was always the girl who hated working out. (Truth be told, I hated the thought of a workout. I even hated to sweat.)
But once I started working out and looking at it as an opportunity to take care of myself, I started enjoying it! Okay, okay, that may be stretching it a little…I’d still rather be snuggled on the couch with my little reading our favorite books, but you get what I mean.
So when I start dreading my workouts and pushing them until as late in the day as possible, I know something is up. When that starts happening, I know it’s time to try something new. And while I know everyone is different, I bet the same is true for you too. So I want to share a few ways you can tell it’s time to switch up your workout routine plus a simple solution that’s made that “switching it up” thing easier than ever for me!
Signs It’s Time to Try a New Workout
Finding the motivation to stay active can be tough at any time of year, but it is particularly difficult in the winter months. It’s bleak outside, it’s cold everywhere, and all you really want to do is curl up on the couch in your slouchiest sweats with a good book and some hot cocoa. Oh wait, I was speaking for myself on that last one, but really, who doesn’t second-guess their commitment to a healthy style in the months between December and March? I know I do, but I am also committed to living a healthy lifestyle to live better, set an example for my daughter, and take care of myself. So, how do I do it in the winter months? It’s not easy, but a few things do help. So, check out these tips for staying active this winter, and let me know if you have any suggestions. I can use all the help I can get. 😉
I get it. Fitting in a workout every day is tough. I know. I’m a mom to a < 4 month old. I work from home. I am kind of anal about housekeeping. I have friends and family to think about. I have responsibilities at church. The list goes on…But the reality is, we all have the exact same amount of time in a day – 24 hours, 1440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds to be exact. It all depends on how we use it. That being said, how can you maximize that time and still manage to fit in a workout. It’s not easy, and it does take some commitment. If you choose to do it, though, you’ll be able to fit it in and feel so much better doing it. I started doing actual workouts again when my daughter was right around 5 weeks old, so believe me it was no easy feat, but I was able to use a couple of tricks to get it done. And, since I’ve committed to working out daily since then, I’ve found getting the time to do it is slightly simpler now.
My Best Tips for Getting a Workout In on Any Schedule
Here are my best tips for fitting in that work out even when it seems like you don’t have the time. Continue reading
One thing that can limit when, where, and how much I exercise is cost. While working out itself doesn’t typically cost anything, the equipment, memberships, and other requirements of some workout plans can definitely “up the ante,” so to speak. I don’t know about you, but we don’t typically have it in the budget to pay for a costly gym membership or workout program. My health regimen hasn’t suffered at all from that, though. In fact, I’ve been able to find a bunch of free workouts that I love. Here are a few of my favorites! Continue reading