Workout Because You Love Yourself

Have you heard the saying “Working out is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you did?” It’s true! Our bodies were designed to move. Exercise can improve our moods and prevent disease. Taking a group class or inviting friends on a walk are great ways to spend quality time with the people you care about. If you are having trouble making exercise a priority, here are some tips.

Get in the right state of mind. Change your thoughts to focus on the benefits of exercising and how you will feel once you do it. Your health is important! It is not selfish to take care of yourself. You will have more energy and be in a better mood after a workout. You are setting a good example for your friends and family by showing them the importance of taking care of yourself. No matter what your past experience was, tell yourself you are excited to exercise and you will keep your word to yourself.

Something is better than nothing. It may take a lot of time to get dressed, drive to the gym, or attend class at a certain time. Schedule it in your calendar and stick to it, just like you would a meeting at work or a dentist appointment. If you don’t have that much time, go for a walk, do a Fit in 15 workout, do some burpees, just move! You don’t need a lot of time to get results if you are focused.

Find something you love. For your best health, you want to lift weights twice a week and do some type of activity most days. Try different classes, different gyms, and working out with different people until you find something you enjoy. Once you fall in love with the process, you’ll find joy in running faster, or lifting heavier weights. Celebrate your body for what it can do!

Consistency is key. It’s okay to start small. Start with an achievable target like two, 15 minute workouts a week. Once that becomes a habit, celebrate your success for sticking to it and increase the goal. Eventually, it will become a part of your lifestyle that you love!