Have you ever felt pressured to work out hard core for 7 days a week? More so did you think this was the only way to achieve the body of your dreams? Spoiler alert, It’s not. I will tell you why and how you can you can live a healthy lifestyle, without beating yourself up.
Back in the days, I used to think that living a healthy lifestyle would equal many hours on the treadmill and endless numbers of crunches. Brain washed by social media, I would force myself to workout day in and day out. Additionally I think that we all have been brain washed by social media and television programs. They deludes us into thinking that working out hard core 7 days a week is the only way to go. Oh and if you could throw in some really heavy weights and 1 hour of running every day, that would be great..
Pushing yourself to your limit, will eventually burn you out. This is what leads many people to quitting and believing that living a healthy lifestyle just isn’t worth it. However, this is so far from the truth.
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need to have anything to do with the gym. There are endless of opportunities to get your sweat on and move your body outside of the gym.
After a long time of battling with the idea of what healthy looks like, I have created what works best for me. A lifestyle that I can keep up with consistently and achieve result. Therefor I would love to help you do the same.
Firstly find out what you enjoy doing. Do you like hiking, biking, jump rope, running or walking? Whatever you enjoy, write it down. If you don’t like to lift weights, don’t do it. If you hate running, throw out your running shoes, I won’t judge.
You are done doing workouts that you do not enjoy. Do you hear me? Never again, because you deserve better. Banish the idea that a fit body is only achieved by running and weight lifting. That is a myth. It’s time to make this fitness journey your absolute own, and it’s time to make it fun!
Find a balance that suits your needs. With the perfect balance, a healthy lifestyle is easier to maintain. However this is easier said than done. We tend to overactive, and set our goals unrealistically high. But this is usually also why we fail again and again. Also driving ourselves too hard is what makes us hate fitness. But those times are over honey. So I want you to watch yourself carefully the next 4 weeks. Try starting to move 3 times a week. Notice how I said move? It could be anything. As long as it gets your heart rate up. Therefor pick up your favorite sport and go have fun! If you think 3 days a week is too much, cut it to 2 days. Vise versa if you think you could easily do more than 3 days, that kick it up a notch and do 4.
Story time; My boyfriend and I love throwing a football and make fun exercise circuits with it. Every day we do something different to keep it fun and fresh, and to be honest, it doesn’t even feel like working out. However, I sweat a lot and I know i’m burning a lot of calories while doing so.
Remember that you don’t need to do the same exercise. You can change it up and do something different for every workout!
Remember that a life style doesn’t have to be perfect. We usually beat our selves up for eating a gummy bear when we shouldn’t. However, running ourselves too hard and judging ourselves is a sure way to fail.
If you find it hard to reach 3 workouts in a week and only ends up doing 2 or even 1, then that is totally fine. This is a lifestyle, which means that it won’t be perfect. What’s most important is that you keep going. Consistency is the road to success. Remember that. I don’t care how many exercises you miss, as long as you don’t quit.
To keep you on a high, keep setting new goals. I know I said it’s all about moving, but lets be honest. We all work out to achieve a flatter stomach and a Kardashian butt. However, not having a set direction can make us fall off the wagon. So make a goal. However it needs to be something that you can actually measure. It could be ‘by the end of the month I want to be able to do 50 jump squats in a row’. Now you’ve got something fun to incorporate into your workouts. You could jump rope for 3 minutes, then do 10 jump squats, and repeat that 4 times. That is a fun short workout right there, that also gets you closer to your goal. Remember, a workout doesn’t have to kill you, as long as you are breaking a sweat you are doing great.
I’d love to know how your fitness lifestyle works for you!
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