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Sunday, January 18, 2015

5 Ways To Stick With Your Fitness Routine

Within the past couple of years, I have become a complete fitness junkie. It all started when I took up Pure Barre for my wedding. Since then, I have maintained a healthy lifestyle and have yet to look back! My lifestyle is kind of on the wild side, y'all! My days typically start around 5:00 a.m. and sometimes I don't hit the hay until 11:00 at night. With a hectic schedule like mine, I am constantly getting emails and questions sent my way on how I manage it all.  On a given day, you can find me at Barre in the mornings before I head to work and bounce around my favorite yoga studios after work. Work outs twice a day are common around this little love nest of ours because it's how I manage my stress and come back to center. Hopefully by now you've find some form of fitness that you love. Whether it's running, spin class, yoga, or barre, it makes you feel good and rejuvenated. While finding the time to get a workout in can be challenging for some ladies and gents out there, I thought that I would share a few ways that I have found helpful in keeping a steady workout routine in this crazy world o'mine! 

1. [Plan Ahead]:  I have found this to be the most important way to stick with my fitness routine. Every Sunday, I sit down and plan my week. My planner is a must. By sitting down and seeing what my schedule will be like, I am able to better plan out my workouts. I personally sign up ahead for all of my workouts using MindBody.  When I sign up ahead of time, I am less likely to cancel my workouts because I feel [slightly] guilty when I cancel. When you plan ahead, you commit yourself and can better mentally prepare yourself for the workouts you have ahead of you. There is nothing like a good workout!

2. [Create A Sleep Schedule]:  I know it can be tricky to create a consistent sleep schedule- your favorite show just came on and you swore an hour ago you were going to hop to bed [I am looking at all you fellow Bachelor lovers!]. The truth is, we all know how imperative it is for us to get enough sleep at night. Not only does it put a little pep in our step throughout the day, it is a huge contributor to weight loss.  Create a sleep schedule that is realistic to your lifestyle and stick to it. If you workout in the morning, you'll be less likely to skip if you have a sleep routine. I don't know about y'all, but I feel so much better when I get my workout in before work knowing that I can enjoy the rest of my day because my workout is over! 

3. [Never Go Three Days Without A Workout]: I know many of us fitness fans have heard this before. Let me tell you, chickadees, it is the truth! It's so important that we listen to our bodies. If we are hurting or are just completely drained from life itself, well then sister, you just need to plop yourself on the couch and cuddle with your furry friend. Just don't go more than three days without a workout or you will loathe yourself if you do. If you find yourself going three or four days without a workout, don't fret. Just hop back on the train and start it again. For myself personally, I can feel my body changing [and not for the better] when I take more than three days off and I feel like I am starting back at square one. Your body will thank you for sticking with it. Keep your eye on the prize [whatever that may be!].

4. [Develop Healthy Eating Patterns] Diet and exercise obviously go hand in hand but it's all about balance, too.  If you are lover of junk food, start small. Swapping out those chips and cookies for fruits and veggies at lunch will be a good place to start. If you want a sweet treat every now and then, eat it. Don't deprive yourself of all bad foods. When you feel like you are depriving yourself of all the guilty pleasures, food becomes less enjoyable. Eat to live, don't live to eat but remember- it's all in moderation. Once you develop healthy eating patterns, your body will stop craving all of those bad carbs, you'll have more energy, and you'll bit heading to your workout of choice more frequently. 

5. [Set Small Goals]: Think of your fitness goals as a set of stairs. You can't get the top without hopping up each and every step. You won't be able to run a marathon until you can run one mile at a time. It seems so obvious but it needs to be said, my pals. When I first started working out I stumbled upon this quote and read it almost daily: It takes four weeks for you to see your body changing. It takes eight weeks for friends and family and it takes twelve weeks for the rest of the world. Keep going. Setting small goals is like hitting the reset button every time you get to the next one. This might mean not checking the scale every day or it may mean calling a friend to make her help you stay accountable for your daily workouts. Before you know it, you have developed an entirely different lifestyle and can look back and be proud at the progress you are making. 

I am obviously no fitness expert, but I have managed to adapt to a healthy lifestyle despite having a busy schedule. Do you find any of these to be helpful to you? What tips do you have for me? I would love to hear them! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, chickadees!

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