By: Danielle McLaughlin
1. Set a plan and stick to it
One of the hardest components about working out consistently is that it’s difficult to make time for it. Make a realistic plan for yourself. Do you only have time to work out in the morning? Set an alarm on your phone that will give you plenty of time to work out and get ready before work; then plug your phone in across the room. This will force you to get out of bed in the morning. Do you only have time to work out after work? Cut down on your after-work responsibilities by preparing dinner ahead of time. Also, don’t forget your lunch break! This is the perfect time to take a walk around a nearby neighborhood or park. You might even be able to get your coworkers involved.
2. Don’t be afraid to try new things
Gym intimidation is a real thing. It can be scary to try a new piece of gym equipment if you’re not exactly sure how it works. Most gyms have employees that are happy to help you; or you can turn to YouTube and find a tutorial. I recently tried this with an ab machine I had been wanting to try, but I was not exactly sure how to use it. A fellow gym member helped me and now I use the machine every time I go to the gym.
3. Choose your fitness focus point
Narrow down the areas of your body you’d like to improve and find two to three workouts you can do to improve these areas. No gym required! There are so many fitness resources out there on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. Take advantage of these (often) free tools and develop a workout routine that fits your schedule and goals.
4. Take your measurements
It’s so easy to feel defeated if you don’t see the scale budge or physically see improvements when you look in the mirror. Keeping a journal of your measurements is an easy way to track your measurements and see the improvements you’ve made. There are even apps you can use to keep track of your measurements.
5. Take before and after pictures
This may sound intimidating, but trust me, it’s worth it. Try to wear the same clothes in both your before and after pictures and you’ll easily be able to see improvements over time. Use these pictures as motivation.