I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about my workout routine and what I do to stay in shape. TBH, I am fortunate that I’ve kept up a consistent fitness regimen throughout my life, so working out has become a part of my life routine. I cheered for most of my life up through college, so I had no choice but to workout regularly. Those habits have not only built a strong muscle base which makes it easier to workout today, but when I don’t workout I feel sluggish and unenergized. For that reason, I wanted to share by 5 tips for staying fitness motivated throughout the years as well as share some insight into what an average week of working out looks like for me.
My Workout Routine
My weekly workout routine currently consists of a lot of classes. This not only allows me to be accountable (more on that later), but it adds variety to my workouts and helps with muscle confusion. If you do the same thing all the time, it won’t be as effective. In an average week I try to do at least 2 interval/weight training classes (for muscle building, Madabolic in Charlotte), 1 yoga class (for flexibility and elongation), and 1 barre class (for toning). Ideally, you I would also add in at least 1-2 personal cardio sessions at home, usually a 3 mile run or short sprints on the treadmill. You always want to make sure you are resting for at least 1-2 days during the week. If you choose to only break for 1 day, make another day a less strenuous workout.
I would say my diet during the week is pretty average. I try to eat healthy on the weekdays (Monday-Friday), but I’m not afraid to splurge on the weekends with a burger and a couple glasses of wine throughout the week. If you don’t have flexibility in your diet than you’ll quickly find yourself binging on more than a slice of pizza and a beer. Treat yourself from time to time but give yourself limits. That’s my belief when it comes to a healthy routine.
5 Tips for Staying Fitness Motivated
- Set goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. This is verrryyyy important. After all, if you’re not working towards something, what’s the point? My goals generally look like, “I’m going to get 5 workouts in this week,” or “I’m going to throw in one extra cardio session for each week this month.” When I achieve them, I treat myself to a dessert or give myself an extra day off. I don’t recommend setting weight goals for yourself. I generally gain weight when I’m feeling my best (because I’m building lean muscle, which weights more than fat). You’ll find yourself getting discouraged and may give up entirely. However, if that’s your method of measurement and preferred way of setting goals, go for it. You do you. Just set goals.
- Partner with a friend to attend workouts. If you have a date with a friend, you’re less likely to bail out. You hold each other accountable, and the weight/pressure of working out doesn’t fall solely on yourself.
- Track your progress along the way. It’s hard to reach the goals if you can’t see the small steps you’re taking along the way. This could be a fitness watch that tracks your steps each day, or a fitness/meal journal where you document your food/fitness plan. If it’s visible to you each day and you’re active in tracking your progress, then you’re more likely to stay accountable to the larger goal.
- Work out earlier in the day. If you’re like me, by the end of a work day, you are completely exhausted and the last thing you want to do is jump on a treadmill. If you wake up 30 minutes earlier and knock out your workout, you’d be surprised how each of a routine this quickly becomes. I have to admit, I’m not a morning person, so this one is a little harder for me, but I try to do it a couple of days a week. This guarantees I hit a minimum number of workouts and don’t bail out on myself.
- Schedule your classes in advance and sign up! This one is hugeeee for me, and is one of the primary reasons I make most of my workouts. Many of my workout classes have a cancelation time frame (usually 12 hours), so I’m physically unable to cancel the class without losing out on some hard cash. When the class is an hour away is when I’m generally most likely to bail because I’m either feeling too tired or have too much other “stuff” on my to-do list. You deserve to take the time for yourself to workout for 1 hour throughout the day so do it. Sign up, and once that cancelation window is over, you’ll have no choice but to attend.
Hopefully this provides with some motivation to stay accountable to reach your fitness goals. I know these tips have helped me out throughout the years. It generally only takes about 4 weeks for something to stick and remain your routine. If you set a 4 week goal of fitness classes to attend or a workout plan, you’ll be surprised how much you’ll be craving your workouts when it’s all said and done. I wish you all the luck! Let me know how it goes! 🙂