It can be tough going starting a new workout routine and your willpower might be tested along the way! Trust me, you CAN make working out a regular habit. Whether you’re just starting out or trying to get the best results from the 12 Week Challenge, these tips can help you beat workout struggles:
Goal setting can help you stay focused. Make your goals specific. Rather than saying ‘I want to get fit’, maybe you want to be able to do 10 pushups on your hands, without stopping. Each time you reach a goal, set a new one. Tapping into your own motivations can help you to build habits and push you to keep working hard, even when you want to quit!
Find a routine you like
Pushing yourself through a workout style that you hate is not the way to form a healthy relationship with exercise. Find an activity that you enjoy doing and you’re more likely to stick to it. Fitness is not a one-size-fits-all solution. A routine that feels fun for you can help keep your interest and make it easier to keep going.
Get a workout buddy
Having a personal supporter, or at least someone who will help keep you accountable, is a great way to make working out a habit. If someone is waiting for you at the gym, you’re less likely to leave them hanging!
Be ready for setbacks
After starting a new fitness routine, it’s really common to hit a roadblock. Maybe you aren’t seeing the results you’d hoped for at this point. You might have suffered an injury. Rather than dwelling on the negative, look at the positives of your new routine. You might have found you have more energy, or maybe you’ve discovered how good that “runner's high” really feels.
Invest in awesome workout clothes
Feeling good about what you look like when working out can make all the difference to your motivation levels! Treat yourself to that crop you have been eyeing, or those new pair of shoes. Once you put those clothes on, you are a whole new person who is ready to work it. Goodbye tired girl, hello fitness goddess!
Make every step count
Are you tracking your steps and activity? It’s amazing how addictive it becomes! Not to mention it makes you more aware of how much exercise you’re actually getting during the day. If you have an apple watch - you can even sync my app up with it, which does all the work for you!
Don’t feel you need to make all of these suggestions into habits all at once, but they can be a great way to get started.
Love, Kayla xx