One of the biggest new year resolutions people make is to “work out more” or “join the gym” or “lose some weight” however most people never follow through with it or do it and quit after a few months.
There are many ways to keep fit, lose weight or get you “active.” Thanks to the internet we get to see people change their lifestyle, lose weight and transform their bodies. Some even do it without stepping into the gym. Just by getting a workout DVD and working out consistently.
I tried working out from home and that didn’t work. The longest I worked out consistently was 6 days, then I took a break for 2 weeks, then went back at it again. Always starting over every few weeks. I never seem to keep the motivation up when it comes to home workouts.
Not everyone is s gym rat, not everyone is a yogi, not everyone is Kipchoge(runner) and not everyone is into cardio. You have to find out what your fitness style is in order to enjoy the process. Here’s how to get you started;
Create a List of Activities You Love
There are so many things you can do to keep fit, from hiking to cycling to swimming. You can combine workouts if you have the time eg gym and yoga an weekdays and hiking on weekends. As long as you’re getting active you;re doing something right.
Does it fit into my schedule? Do I enjoy it? Does it serve my purpose? These are some of the questions you should ask yourself when looking for a fitness style that suits you.
Track Your Progress
I highlighted this in my previous fitness post here, instead of tracking your weight track your inches if you’re trying to lose your midsection or track your time if you’re trying to beat a previous running record you had set. Track the number of miles or kms hiked or ran in a certain period of time. I use my Samsung Gear S2 to track all these things, which is all stored in my S Health App.(I’ll talk about this app one of these days)
It’s very easy to go to the gym on day 1 and feel intimidated and quit. Wakeup the next week and try something new and quit. There are many workout variations you can do at the gym, try them. Try do something for at least 2 weeks before you write it off, you never know you might love it after getting into a routine.
It never hurts to try something new. There’s crossfit, boxing, muay thai and even pole dancing fitness. Keep it fun and switch up your workouts every now and then to avoid routine boredom.