Stay on the Healthy BandwagonFebruary 8, 2016
“Train Insane or Remain the Same”
Keep Pushing Strong Beyond the New Year’s Resolution
I recently came across this quote on a tank top. I smiled, considered buying it, but decided against it until I am no longer carrying around a basketball in my belly. There is just no reason to shop when you are 32 weeks pregnant. This quote, however, got the wheels in my head turning and I quickly made a mental note to blog about this topic in the future.
I have written about the importance of working hard if you want to see results and how getting out of your comfort zone is key. I do feel, however, that another motivational speech is necessary at this time of year. February is when people start falling off the healthy bandwagon. When the new year hits, people are stocking their refrigerators full of kale and lean proteins and hitting the gym 7 days a week. Gym employees and frequent gym goers know what I am talking about. I like to refer to it as the “New Year rush.”
As January comes to an end, the gym becomes a bit quieter. Or, “back to normal,” I should say. If you are one of the wonderful folks who committed to a healthier and fit lifestyle in the New Year and find yourself fading fast, I am here to tell you to not give up!
First, you need to establish a realistic amount of time you can commit to a workout routine. You don’t have to hit the gym for hours on end all week long. Pick 3-4 days (or more) and make it count. Work it out! Each and every time. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is key. If you can chat with friends or focus on a magazine, you are not working hard enough. You should be focusing on form, breathing and the end of your workout (because it’s hard!) Each individual handles exercise differently. What is challenging for one person may not be for another. That is okay! You need to be focusing on you and only you.
Always remember that exercise and healthy habits are a lifestyle and take commitment. You don’t just reach your goal and stay that way. You have to continuously work to maintain what you have worked so hard for. It is all about balance and finding a schedule that works for you so that you can keep your commitment.
Get back on that wagon and keep working hard!