In all my years of attempting to have a workout routine, it’s taken me years to find a workout I love. And to be honest, it can change with every few years. But in all my trial and error, I’ve learned at lot. So today I wanted to share a few tips for how to find a workout you love. Whether you’re just looking to get inspired or maybe you’re starting your journey, I hope these tips will help you fall in love with working out instead of dreading it.
Let Go Of What Everyone Else Does & Doesn’t Like
The empath in me took a really long time to get here with this tip. I also think it has something to do with valuing other people’s opinions more than my own. But I harped on that in my last post, so we won’t go there again. I love getting up early, going to the gym, lifting weights and doing a bit of abs at the end. It brings me so much joy. However, I can tell you right now that several of my friends aren’t in that boat.
It’s okay that your bestie isn’t into the same workout as you. There’s no one right way to workout. But at some point, you have to stop listening to what everyone else does and doesn’t like & taking it as your gospel. Make the time to discover what you like so that you’ll want to show up for it. And when you do, you’ll have a workout you love and don’t want to sleep on.
Try New Things & Old Things Again
The internet can be an amazing place. If you spend 5 minutes on youtube, you can pretty much find some version of every workout under the sun. Maybe you used to do Pilates but stopped. Why not try it again? Maybe you’ve always thought rowing would be fun. Why not try it now? I’m constantly reminding myself of this when it comes to building a healthy lifestyle. But if we do this right and we’re lucky, we’re going to be doing this for a while. So it’s probably best we continue to try new things and challenge ourselves along the way.
GO WITH A FRIEND
I more than understand how intimidating trying a new workout can be. There’s been more than one I’ve tried over the years that hasn’t been for me. But I ended up having the best time because of who I was with. If your bestie loves a particular class, ask her if you can join her. Or maybe you’d like to start your own workout routine in the gym but you’re scared to go for the first time. Call a friend!
Sometimes the biggest hurdle in finding a workout you love is simply showing up. If you can remove the obstacle of intimidation, you’re one step closer. As they say in Cinderella Story, “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” Or in our case, finding a workout that helps you build your healthy lifestyle.
GIVE IT AT LEAST 3 TRIES
Now here’s the thing with trying all the new workouts on your mission to find a workout you love: they won’t all be winners. But they might have more potential than you give them credit for. If you come out of a workout and hate it, try listing 5 reasons why you didn’t enjoy it. Maybe the music was too loud for you, you felt like you couldn’t keep up or you really don’t like holding yoga poses for that long. All totally valid reasons. However, sometimes the smallest tweak might make the difference in taking a workout you hate and making it one you can’t wait to do.
So instead of completely writing off a certain type of workout, considering going into round 2 with a different mindset. Maybe you try a different instructor or studio. Maybe you scale back your pace so that it’s manageable for you. You don’t have to go with everyone else if you’re not ready. Do what’s best for you. And if you don’t like holding yoga poses for ages, I don’t blame you. But a round of yin yoga every now and again is good for us all.
HAVE A PLAN
If you want to find a workout you love and be consistent with it, you’re going to need a plan. For me, I use the Fitplan app*. Super easy and it means all I have do is show up to the gym. Your plan might look like adding 3 workout classes to the calendar or blocking out a certain amount of time at home to do a particular workout. Either way, you’re never going to get past the beginner stage if you aren’t intentional with doing the work.
Make a plan. Stick to the plan. But honor your body and know that sometimes you have to deviate from the plan. Remember we’re going to be doing this for a really long time. So if you actually want to stick with this workout you love, know not every day will be perfect. However, every day is a new opportunity to invest in yourself.
Wherever you are in your journey to find a workout you love, I hope today’s tips helped you. And if you have one you do love, I’d love to hear about it. Leave me a comment below and let me know. I’m always looking to try new things. Gotta keep things interesting! Until next time. Xoxo, Savvy
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