by Kindal Boyle
When I was a kid, I remember driving down the road with my mom and seeing ladies running on the sidewalk. They were sweating, huffing and puffing, and to be fair, they looked miserable.
On more than one occasion, my mom looked at them... then at me and said... “when they look like they’re having fun is the day I’ll run.”
It’s not just my mom.
I’ve had literally hundreds of women tell me they know they should exercise, they just don’t like it.
I’ve had women tell me they workout regularly but hate it and with sad eyes, they’ve asked…
“How do I get to a place (mentally) where I enjoy working out?”
If you’re one of these ladies, hopefully I can help. Below, let’s hit up some important tips to help you fall in love with fitness.
I promise… it’s possible.
My mom now runs multiple times a week and within the past year, ran her first ever race. People can change… that includes you!
I’ve been working out consistently for over 15 years. There are several workouts each week I do by myself, but I also make sure to have a few workouts with other women… those are my favorites.
Having someone to sigh with, sweat with, and give a “we can do this” with makes a HUGE difference. Time goes faster and changes the entire atmosphere.
If you’ve been trying to do it solo, give it up… at least for now while you find motivation and inspiration from other people like you!
Of course, I’m going to recommend This Time Fitness for the best ladies small community fitness, but there are lots of options. Find one that kind of excites you and just try it. Most places have a trial opportunity or seasonal option.
The only way to reap the benefits of exercise is to be consistent. It’s the #1 tip I tell EVERYONE. But thinking that you have to workout for the rest of your life can feel daunting if you’re new. If you miss one workout day, you feel like a failure.
You’re not! Let’s look at this differently… when you’re just getting started, start with a shorter time frame. Make a promise to yourself to workout 2 or 3 times a week for the next 6 weeks. Have a calendar and mark off your successes and track them.
Keep telling yourself, it’s just 6 weeks. I can do 6 weeks.
Once that 6 weeks is over, chances are you’ve created a habit and can move forward with another 6 week mental fitness block.
This is a game changer and it’s the reason why we do so many 6-week beginner programs… including the upcoming Fall Into Fitness Challenge!
If you keep telling yourself you hate to workout, you’ll hate to workout and you’ll keep pushing it off.
Remind yourself of the benefits that come from exercising… weight loss, stronger (more toned) muscles, increased energy, healthier mind and body, etc.
What happens if you don’t exercise? You risk your health going down, down, down.
The good news is, once you get through the newbie phase of working out, your hatred decreases and it becomes a part of your life. But that only happens when you just suck it up and embrace the suck at the beginning for those benefits.
I share this a lot, but it’s such an important reminder…
There are millions of people who wish they could workout. There are millions of people laying in beds, sitting in wheelchairs, or worst… that are jealous of your ability to MOVE the way we were meant to move.
You owe it to them and to yourself to get up. Moving your body is a gift. It’s not something you have to do… it’s something you GET to do.
I won’t lie to you… I don’t love starting every workout. In fact, most workouts I tend to drag my feet. But I love finishing a workout. I love feeling strong, capable, and healthy. I love the immediate rush of energy I feel after a workout and the pride that comes with doing something hard and good for myself.
I’ve never had anyone say they regretted a workout, and you won’t either… you just have to find the workout that you enjoy.
And that’s my final tip…
Notice, I didn’t say love. You don’t have to love (at least not right away), but you should find something that makes you a little excited.
If you hate running… don’t run. Hate pilates… don’t do it.
One way we keep things fun at the studio is by offering different workouts every day. Some days might be slow and strength based. Some might be fast and hiit style. This change keeps our ladies excited to see what’s in store for them.
So, there you have it! How to fall in love with fitness. With one workout at a time. Give yourself time. If you workout once and hate it, that doesn’t mean you’ll hate it tomorrow. You owe it to yourself to be healthy, fit and mobile.
Like I mentioned, TTF is kicking off the school year with our “Fall Into Fitness Challenge". 6 weeks of fitness to help you build a love for fitness while simultaneously getting toned, stronger and leaner.
We’d love to help you, but there are only 20 spots available for this. So make sure to get the details by clicking FALL INTO FITNESS and get yourself set up!
Have a question? Don’t hesitate to ask anything!