I’m sure like most people, workouts are the last thing on your list each day. I remember days when I would pile myself into work to avoid the gym. It’s crazy because only a few years ago, you couldn’t keep me from being outside and running. I loved to run the neighborhood and work out whenever I had the chance. Fast forward to being a mom and after pregnancy and my entire body has flipped. I’m dreading a gym and wanting to sleep as often as I can, which is rare, but I still try. After a doctors appointment, once my son turned a year old, I got on the scale, and I remember complaining to my doctor about fatigue and thinking to myself, it starts with you. I already knew what was going on, and I needed to get back to my pre-baby weight and stop making an excuse on why I can’t work out. Now, as easy as that sounds, it’s not that easy. If you need that extra push, here are 4 tips to staying consistent with your workouts.
There’s this saying that it takes so many days of doing something before it becomes a habit. I can admit I tried to work out at least three times consistent before I started coming back up with more excuses and piling the work on to stay busy. I finally came around and said enough is enough. If I want to be in the best shape of my life, I need to put the work in to get there, that was a month and a half ago. I’ve been consistently planning my daily calendar out and making time to go work out. I shut down my work at the same time each day 3 x a week and make my way to the gym. There are so many times we see people on social media and think it’s an overnight process, but it’s honestly not. It takes push and determination of what you want for yourself.
2. Participate in group workouts
Being at a gym alone can get old, so I was happy to participate in Anytime Fitness’s group workout this past Saturday. It’s a free workout in Alpharetta, and it was one of the best group workouts I’ve had in a while. The community feel of everyone there along with the motivation that everyone gives off to each other was terrific. Every time I wanted to stop someone was right there to make sure I kept pushing. That’s a great gym to be a part of because of the genuine interest, and motivation to keep going. The three locations, Anytime Fitness Milton, Anytime Fitness Alpharetta, and Anytime Fitness Crabapple all join together to put on the Saturday group workouts. That’s ultimate teamwork.
So, if you’re like me and want to get that push to get up and workout and want to get the community vibe, you still have time to check out Anytime Fitness and their Saturday free workouts for the month of May at Wills Park. You can see their schedule here for everything they have planned this summer.
3. Pump up the music
Try and find a new song each week to work out to, you might find you’re looking forward to going to the gym more. I have Beyonce’s Homecoming album on repeat every workout. Her music pushes me to where I need to be, and it’s just motivation knowing how she’s killing the gym, I know I can do the same.
4. Give yourself a daily challenge
Each day you can go further and longer if you keep pushing. Every time I have a workout, I try to top the previous goal. That’s how you know you’re making progress. If you consistently do the same thing every time you visit the gym, you won’t see much improvement. Daily goals or challenges are one of the best ways to keep consistent because you’ve just given your workout a real purpose.