By Abby Bly
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As I was scrolling through Instagram last week, I was stopped by one of @ilanamuhlstein ‘s posts, reminding me that its REALLY only been 6 weeks since we set those New Year’s resolutions… crazy right? Now, if you’ve fallen off of your resolutions more quickly than you thought (or forgotten them all together), just know it’s never too late to get back on board!
Remember my first blog post back in January when I talked about how fitness is on the top of everyone’s list regarding New Year’s resolutions? Well, I’m here to give you some tips for staying on track and building a routine that works best for you. If you’re having a hard time sticking to your workout plans, you might just be doing the wrong stuff!
Finding the Right Routine
It’s important to remember that everyone is at a different stage in their fitness journey, and what one person is doing may not work for another. For instance, if you started your gym membership but absolutely hate going, you might be more successful with a different type of workout. I want to mention that when I say “you hate going to the gym”, I’m not just referring to the common struggle of being tempted to skip a workout. Sometimes I may not want to go to the gym, but I’m always happier once I get there. But, if you’re completely miserable with your gym routine, it might be worth a shot to try something new!
I’ve mentioned Class Pass on here before, but I would definitely recommend it to those who get bored with their fitness routine easily. They have several different memberships available- mine is $39 per month which is equal to about 3-5 classes, so you can switch up your routine every week. For a little extra $$, you can increase your number of credits & classes. They offer all different types of classes like yoga, boxing, spin, pilates, dance and more, so you’ll never get bored of your routine!
At Home Workouts
I wanted to include some resources for the busy moms/students/multiple-job-workers out there, too. When I first started my fitness journey, at home workouts were my go-to! Some basic at home equipment like a yoga mat, booty resistance bands, and dumbbells will come in handy. I love @danimunozfit workout guides, and she has a great at home guide available here: AT HOME FULL BODY GUIDE. She also sells resistance bands, so be sure to check them out!
Aligning with Your Body’s Needs
As mentioned, each person is going to have different goals & needs when it comes to body type. One thing that goes for everyone, though, is the importance of your diet. No matter how much you lift, run, or stretch, you won’t notice lasting results unless you’re fueling your body with nutrients and drinking lots of water. Maintaining a balanced diet is where most people struggle, but it’s really the most important part. Keep on the lookout for my grocery shopping list, coming next week!
Aside from diet, it’s important to recognize your body’s needs and align your routine with your personal goals. I’ve personally always been skinny/scrawny naturally, so my routine usually involves more lifting than cardio. If your goal is to lose weight and tone up, your ratio might be a bit different, doing more cardio than lifting. If you’re unsure of what routine is best for you, you may want to consult with a personal trainer who can better help you with aligning your goals/needs. At Planet Fitness, you can get connected with a personal trainer included with your membership!
Planning Workouts and Tracking Progress
Planning your workouts will keep you more organized and motivated, and tracking your progress will allow you to notice how far you’ve come! Since we’re looking at our bodies every day, it’s sometimes hard to notice progress even when it’s right in front of us. Taking “before” photos is a great way to keep yourself motivated! I usually write down all of my meals and workout plans on Sunday’s so that I’m set up for success throughout my week.
I Challenge You!
Today is the perfect day to start fresh! I challenge you to choose 1 or 2 items I’ve mentioned in this post to help you improve your health and fitness routine- start writing your next grocery list, rethink your fitness routine, or whatever feels doable and right for you!
I hope you have an incredible, productive week ahead! Talk to you next week💖