One of my big goals this year is to focus on healthy. I love this word because it can be a positive influence on every part of life: healthy bank account, healthy body image, healthy relationships, healthy heart, etc. As we move into mid-February, I find my momentum fading around eating super healthy. I find it so helpful to turn my focus on my word: healthy.
A big part of this health kick is working out. I joined a gym in my neighborhood before my wedding last spring. I’ve been paying for it, so I wanted to make those dollars count, and have been going 5 days a week for about a month. I got into a pretty good rhythm and I thought I’d share it here with you.
This routine depends on my schedule for the week, but usually it looks something like this:
Day 1: 30 min Cardio + 30-40 min Floor machines focusing on Arms, Back and Chest and Abs
Day 2: 30 min Cardio + 30 min Floor machines focusing on Legs and Abs
Day 3: Group Fitness Class and/or Yoga
Day 4: 30 min Cardio + 30-40 min Floor machines focusing on Arms, Back and Chest and Abs
Day 5: 30 min Cardio + 30 min Floor machines focusing on Legs and Abs
Recover over the weekend, maybe take a yoga class, and then repeat on Monday.
This week I started out on Monday with an intense group fitness class, and today took it easier with just 30 minutes of cardio since I was feeling a bit stiff and sore. I think it’s definitely important to work your way up. But whatever you do, the most important thing is to get to the gym. Even if you can only do 15 minutes of cardio. It’s a mental thing. Taking a day off is probably ok, but taking more than 2, it is so hard to get back on track. Set your weekly goal—gym 3 days this week, for example—and then hit it as best you can.
Sometimes tracking progress can be difficult. We only see the number on the scale and can feel discouraged when it doesn’t move down. I fall into this trap too. When that happens I try to notice other little things while I workout. Like maybe I’m not quite as sore today than last time. Or those 2 miles I ran seemed easier today. Or maybe I was able to up my weight. Another thing I think I’m going to try—measuring my waist instead of only checking my weight.
How do you track your progress? Do you have any healthy workout tips? Need some encouragement?