Happy March, friends! Who's still doing their new year's resolution to workout at the gym everyday? According to Statistic Brain's most recent survey, only 8 percent of people achieve their New Year's resolution. Do the math, and 92% of us--including me--have partially or completely given up on our New Year's resolutions. No matter what category you're in, it's okay! If you are continuing your New Year's resolution, great work, keep it up and encourage others, too. If you've given up on your New Year's resolution, now is the time to reassess and get back to work.
Today, I'm help you achieve the most common New Year's resolution: getting healthy. If sitting on the couch watching How to Get Away with Murder all day could keep me healthy, trust me, I would. The hardest part of working out is finding the motivation to get off the couch and finding joy in exercising. The key is to try everything. Whatever you did last year that didn't stick. Don't do it again. Don't force yourself to do an exercise you hate, because eventually, you will quit. Find an exercise activity you love and make space for it in your schedule. Here's my five tips on learning to love exercising:
Join a Gym
This may seem obvious, but again, learning to love exercise all about experimentation. If you're brand new to the gym, start off one machine at a time. Go where you're comfortable, either the cardio machines (treadmill, elliptical and bike) or the weight room. If you hate running, try dumbbells and vice versa. If you're uncomfortable with the crowds, take a mat into the studio room and workout in front of the mirror.
Take a Group Exercise Class
If you have trouble willing yourself to the gym, try group exercise class where you can cut specific block of time out, have an instructor encourage you and best of all, you won't struggle alone. This is the tip that worked for me this year. I knew that if I paid for classes, I would have a financial incentive to go and something to easily put into my schedule. So far, it's working. I'm going to And if laziness kicks in, find a workout buddy that can hold you accountable. You'll never go to the gym alone again!
Spend Time Outside
Not into the gym scene, get some fresh air and workout outside. Put on that warm Lululemon jacket. Go for a walk during your lunch break or after dinner. Use benches for tricep dips and jump squats. Go for runs in the morning. Walk your dog. There's nothing like the crisp, cool winter air.
Work out at Home
The winter air may be fresh, but some of us, like me, are just not built for the cold. Luckily, you can find thousands of workouts on Youtube: from pilates to weights to yoga. I highly recommend Cassey of Blogilates, Anna of Popsugar Fitness, and Katie of Love Sweat Fitness.
Be Active Whenever You Can
Still don't have time to workout? Make little changes to stay active and moving throughout your day. Get up and walk every other hour. Park in the back of the parking lot. Want to know more? Stay tuned for next week's blog post on staying active outside your workout time.