Living the fitness lifestyle goes way beyond just hitting the gym, getting a shredded bod, and making healthy food choices. It also means building an attitude of self-love, being comfortable in your own skin and learning to live life to the fullest. And that means knowing how to get out of your comfort zone sometimes.
Let’s be real for a quick second: getting fit can be quite a challenge, but it’s something that everyone can do. You have to work hard every single day to keep a positive outlook on life, love, and everything in between. However we all run into some negativity every now and then.
How do YOU deal with negativity?
Do it with exercise, some spontaneity, and maybe some minor prep.
Let’s address some Debbie Downers that might disrupt your fitness goals:
Are you ever impatient for results? What about the lack of motivation to pull those tight exercise pants up? Ever moody?
It happens to all of us. Days you don’t want to get out of bed? For sure. But we know (and my gym friends can confirm this) that we can get real grumpy if we don’t get some sort of exercise in every single day.
The easiest way for me to lose motivation is to complicate the process. That’s why I like to keep it simple. Sometimes, we’ll go to the gym and work SUPER HARD for just 30 minutes. We’re talking so hard that you can barely stand up when done. But after that is it.
What Workouts Are Best?
Walking into the gym without a game plan and hoping for the best is setting yourself up for failure. We know that working out in a group setting offers motivation and support you can’t get on your own.
To get the best results possible, you need to be doing the best exercises.
So… which ones, and how many reps and sets do you need to do to make sure you’re pushing your body hard enough to see results?
Knowing how to perform the exercises is just as important as knowing which exercises to perform. Form is crucial when you’re exercising. Good form will not only allow you to work your muscles properly, but it will also keep you from potentially hurting yourself.
Life can get really busy. So many errands to run, places to be, and things to get done that it seems like there’s never enough time in the day to do it all. Exercise can get lost in the whirlwind of your everyday life.
Carving out enough time to get in an effective workout can be a huge hurdle to overcome but the truth is this: real results require real dedication.
Do you want to get fit but just don’t know how you’re going to be able to set aside enough time to exercise throughout the week?
Confidence is Key
Low self-esteem is like viewing yourself through a pair of scratched-up, smudgy sunglasses. The way you see yourself is tainted. Having a negative view of yourself affects not just your fitness goals but also the way you view life in general.
A poor self-image can leave you feeling unmotivated, embarrassed, and afraid to open doors to new opportunities.
It can be easy to constantly compare yourself to other people, and not feel completely comfortable in your own skin. You might hear negative things from others or you might say them to yourself. But be your biggest fan. Don’t sabotage yourself with negative thoughts. Positivity always.
Weight loss is challenging. There are so many misguided and conflicting fad diets out there, and this can make things super confusing when you’re trying to decide what will help you lose weight and build lean muscle.
Not to mention, so many “diet” plans out there aren’t sustainable long-term, and will end up leaving you feeling starving, tired, and discouraged while also breaking the bank.
Things to Think About:
Do you know how much you should be eating to lose weight?
Do you know which types of foods best support lean muscle growth?
To build lean muscle and lose weight, you need to eat the right foods and your diet needs to be sustainable. You need a lifestyle, not a crash diet.
For example, protein is essential for helping your muscles rebuild after exercise, and not getting enough protein can make it harder for you to recover after workouts and build muscle.
Surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded people who can share in your successes (no matter how small they may seem) is crucial when it comes to staying on track with your fitness goals.
A good support system can make all the difference in how far you go in your fitness journey.
Not only is it so much more fun to share your fitness experiences with people who have the same goals as you, it’s also so much easier to let your fitness goals fall through the cracks when there’s no one to hold you accountable.