Falling in love isn’t like the movies, we all know that it takes work and you have to find the right match. The same goes for your fitness routine. So why is it that around the end of February and early march those New Year Resolutions tend to fall by the wayside?
“People want to see results and they want to see them fast,” says Cindy Henry, Personal Trainer at Fitness Plus. “When they don’t see the scale move they begin to get discouraged and they shouldn’t.”
It is important to look at fitness and your own personal wellness as a journey and not a sprint. Quick weight loss is satisfying, but also harder to maintain if you haven’t found the form of physical exercise to keep you motivated.
“Diet is a huge part of everyone’s wellness,” says Henry. “We all must keep in mind though that our bodies are all unique and respond differently to foods and exercise. So just because your friend lost 10 pounds in a month, doesn’t mean that their tips and tricks is what is right for your body.”
Having realistic goals can really help you push forward in your workouts and find what works best for not only your body, but your mind.
“We all want to live a happy life,” says Henry. “That’s why finding balance in how we treat our bodies is important.”
Henry has four great tips on how to stay motivated and find your place at the gym!
1. Stop looking for a quick fix
Your focus can be weight-loss, but don’t get discouraged if the scale isn’t moving. Any time you make health changes you have to give your body time to adjust. If you are frustrated after a month of working out and not seeing results, switch it up!
2. Change Your Mindset
For most, weight loss is the goal, but if you trap yourself into thinking that you can’t lose the weight then chances are —you won’t. Becoming healthy isn’t a pill you can take or something that just happens overnight. It took you a long time to get the way you are currently, and it will take the same amount of time, if not more, to see true results.
Give yourself a break and look at your new routine as something for you and for your betterment, not just a way to get the pounds off.
3. Ask for Help
You don’t become an expert on fitness overnight or by reading a few FAD diet books. There is no shame in asking for help and at Fitness Plus we have a great staff of Personal Trainers and Dieticians to help you achieve your goals. If you are in a rut or what you are doing just isn’t working, stop by our Fitness Desk and ask for help! We love helping others reach their goals, after all, that’s why we are here!
4. Find Your Rhythm
People don’t fit into boxes, that’s why not every workout or diet may work for you! That is why being proactive and switch up your fitness routine will help you find your rhythm and allow you to find the things that do work for you and your body. Yoga and Pilates may work for your friend, but maybe weights help you more. You never know unless you try.
Take away the idea that one style workout is better designed for men or women and know that all exercise has an impact on your mind, body and soul.