Tricks to Get Into a Workout Routine

Routines. They seem to be something that everyone wants but nobody can get into. Why does it seem that the bad routines are always the ones that stick with us and the good routines go right out the window? Well let's try and flip that around! Getting into a routine may be difficult at first but after awhile it will become second nature, like brushing your teeth in the morning (I sure hope you do). 

Exercise is SOO important but too many people just "don't have time for it". My biggest tip for anyone that wants to live a healthy lifestyle (and yes, exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle) is to actually put it in your calendar! Yes, you heard me. Add time for your exercise in your calendar. You don't put off a work meeting or luncheon do you? So why put off exercise. It's even more important!

Okay with that being said, once you have put your exercise in your calendar, what are some ways to help motivate you to actually get up and exercise? Here are a few ways:

1. Lay Your Clothes Out The Night Before

One thing that helps me is to lay my workout clothes out the night before if I plan on working out in the morning. That way I just roll out of bed, throw on my clothes, and go. I don't even have to be awake. I wake up during my workout. Morning workouts are fantastic because your brain doesn't have time to come up with excuses :) 

2. Participate In A Group Challenge

Group challenges are a fantastic way to start a routine. You have a set workout to do that day and you have to do it! Challenge yourself! It's a fun game and I guarantee you will enjoy it.

3. Focus On The Present

Sometime we syke ourselves out before we even start our workout. "AH I have to run 8 miles today!" or "I can't do cardio AND weights today, I am just too tired". Sometimes we syke ourselves out so much that we just decide not to do the workout. DON'T DO THAT! Instead, focus on running 1 mile and see how you feel. Push yourself to the next 1/4 mile and so on. Instead of focusing how much you don't want to go to the gym for an hour. Tell yourself you are only going to go for 20 mins. More times than not you will end up staying for that hour. Don't freak yourself out. Start small. 

4. Find A Buddy

Working out with a friend is the best! I just went to the gym last night purely to catch up with an old friend haha. It was fantastic! We biked for 45 minutes and just chatted and caught up the entire time. Find a buddy that enjoys doing the same things you do and you both can motivate each other to get moving!

 

So those are my tips for this week. I hope they help you start getting into a workout routine. Soon enough it will be as routine as brushing your teeth :) 

xoxo

Lisa Catherine

5 Ways To Stay Fit During The Holidays

Between travel, shopping, baking and eating it seems next to impossible to stay fit during the holidays, right? WRONG! I have heard from countless people (you may be one) "I will start eating healthy and working out after the holidays." Why are the holidays an excuse to neglect our health? Yes, we should be thinking of others during the season of giving but we can't forget about ourselves. You can only help others when you are happy and healthy. If an airplane were to crash, aren't you supposed to put your air mask on before you help others? You would be useless if you didn't. Same goes for your health. 

So if you are one of those people that put your health off until the New Year, here are a few helpful tips to stay fit and healthy during the craziness of the holidays.

1. Schedule it!

Make working out a priority! Pencil it in your calendar. I like to workout as soon as I wake up so that I know I get it done. If I don't do it in the morning, something always happens to come up that seems more important. A lot of people like to work out after work. It is a personal preference. Whatever your preference is, just do it!

2. Set a Challenge

Setting a challenge or a personal goal is extremely motivating! I hold group fitness and nutrition challenges every month to help motivate people to set goals and achieve them! Striving to reach a goal is so much better than just working out without any type of goal in mind. Challenge yourself!

3. Sightsee

If you are traveling over the holidays, take this time to sightsee! Go biking, walking, or hiking and take in the sights around you. Get the family in on it too! This is a fun way to get your exercise in.

4. Baby It's Cold Outside

Sometimes Mother Nature brings some pretty crappy winter weather. If you don't want to leave the house, pop in a workout DVD. DVDs are, also, great to bring with you while you are traveling. There are SO many amazing workout DVDs out there! If you need help deciding on one, you can always ask me:)

5. Friends Who Exercise Together, Stay Together

Grab a workout buddy. Whether it be a walking buddy, running buddy, biking buddy, yoga buddy, whatever! If you have a friend to workout with, you both can motivate each other and hold each other accountable.  

 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. Stay healthy, have fun and, most importantly, be happy! 

Best Wishes,

Lisa Catherine

 

Exercise CHALLENGE:)

How many of you hate to exercise? Do you absolutely dread going to the gym every day? If so, why do you do it? Is it just to “stay healthy”? Is it to remain at the healthy weight you are at now? What is the reason that you force yourself to do an exercise that you dislike?

Post run picture:)

I ran my first half marathon last October and have been on a running high ever since. I love it! I never dread going for a run and if I do than I know something is wrong and I listen to my body. Exercise should be fun! Yes, exercise is crucial in order to live a healthy life but if you don’t enjoy the exercise that you are doing, is it worth the unhappiness?

I always say that there are HUNDREDS of ways to exercise! It doesn’t have to be going on a treadmill or elliptical every day! I HATE being indoors and I know many people that feel the same way. I very rarely do cardio inside. I would rather take a run, walk, skip, jump, ANYTHING outside rather than be inside, especially on a beautiful day! So if so many people feel the same way, why force yourself to do it??

I challenge each one of you to pick an exercise that you have NEVER done before and try it this week. It can be yoga, running, kayaking, kickboxing, paddle boarding, tai chi, ANYTHING! If you don’t like it, try something else new and keep going. I guarantee there is an exercise out there that you will fall in love with. Even if you already have an exercise that you enjoy, still try something new!

 

Let me know how you do!

Happy Exercising!

xoxo

Lisa