Five Things That Helped Me (Finally) Make Working Out A Lifestyle

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Good Morning!

Looking back on 2016, one of things I’m most proud of is the fact that I have made working out a lifestyle. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who did not have to think twice about fitness and made it simply a part of your day. I’m happy to say I’m at that point and I thought today I would share some of the things I’ve realized help me get there.

1. I found my why– I would say that the biggest change when it comes to my approach to fitness this year has been my rationale. Instead of trying to lose weight and setting unrealistic goals for myself my goals have shifted to simply be staying healthy. I want to live a long life and be there as Buel gets older. I also know that working out drastically reduces my stress which makes me happier overall. Lastly, my time at the gym is my time to myself and my reward is getting ready in peace and getting to work with my “me time” already under my belt. It really has become my favorite way to start my day.

2. I stopped beating myself up over setbacks- In the past when I fell “off the wagon” I would typically snowball out of control. This would lead to drastic swings and lost momentum which made it extremely hard to get back to the gym. Instead, I’ve come to realize that life happens and the things that set me back such as travel or busy weeks are just something that will pass and then I return to my normal routine when I can without issue.

3. I stayed consistent until it no longer felt like effort- After I lost my Dad I made the decision to get consistent with my workouts. I booked sessions with a trainer and stuck with working out with her twice per week. From there I stepped it up when our remodel started because our construction crew would arrive before 7:00 every day. It gave me extra motivation to get up and out and eventually it became a habit. Now I’ve been consistently fitting in exercise 4-6 times per week and it truly feels like a lifestyle.

4. We made it a family lifestyle- Rich started going to Crossfit in the Spring and we sat down and mapped out how we would make it work for both of us to get to our respective gyms. We’ve stuck to that schedule and the extra accountability of needing Rich to watch Buel gets me to the gym because otherwise it’s a struggle to make it work. Plus, it’s nice to both be working towards the same goals and have the same mentality when it comes to leading an active life.

5. I set realistic expectations- Last but not least I had to reset my expectations when it comes to my routine. I used to make excuses when it came to working out because I felt that I did not have times so the workout wouldn’t be long enough and wouldn’t “count.” These days it’s all about momentum. Most of my workouts are 30 minutes long and sometimes I’ll add in a 45-60 minute class when I can. Sometimes I’ll even only do a 10 minute stair climber session and that’s totally fine with me!

What improvements have you made to your lifestyle in 2016? Is there anything you plan on focusing on in 2017?

Comments

  1. I think #3 is the most important for me – Not just with exercise but with any habit. Sometimes the hardest part is getting started but once it’s a habit it’s a no-brainer. I’ve always been a runner but this year I finally started consistently adding strength/stretching and that has been a big improvement to my overall fitness & health.

  2. chelseajacobs says:

    #3 is what has really helped me this year! I just kept telling myself it was hardest at the beginning and eventually it would feel like a routine..it feels that way now and it is so worth it!

  3. Setting realistic expectations has been huge for me this year! I think you’re doing a great job 🙂

  4. Good job! Making fitness and priority is hard but it sounds like you are doing really well. Something that helps me is always having a back up plan (ie if I was planning on running but it’s raining, I have another indoor workout to do). Or if I am super tired and know I won’t be able to do a hard workout I planned, having an easier one is better than doing nothing.

  5. lungingthroughlife says:

    I think making goals attainable helped me this past year. Like, anything is better than nothing. Instead of having in my head that I had to work out an hour (which would NEVER happen), I find 30 minutes, or aim for 10 and see where I’m at. Also love you guys making it a family thing!

  6. YES to making it a family lifestyle!! That has made SUCH a huge difference in me getting back in shape. Adam is totally gungho fitness now and it’s so motivating!

  7. I love this and seeing the changes you have made. You have had many gym selfie posts on Insta this year that have made me smile! I know you’ve had such a busy and kind of chaotic year, so saying that you really fit this in is so awesome! You should be ending 2016 on a high note!

    I feel like I’ve majorly fell off the fitness bandwagon, but I’m also more than halfway through my pregnancy now so I guess I have to cut myself some slack. Having two babies in two years will do that to ya, I guess!

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