While we shelter in place, staying healthy is more important than ever. Luckily we don’t have to skip our workouts just because the gym is closed. I’ve got 4 tips to make sure you crush your fitness goals — even while we quarantine.
Health is multifaceted and while we spend this time sheltering place, it is important to focus on all areas of our health. I encourage you to spend time on your mental, emotional, and nutritional health as well as physical. I find that by focusing my fitness and physical health, it’s easier for me to make strides in my overall health as I have a better outlook and feel more confident in my decisions.
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I’m sure once you try these four tips, you’ll be making strides on your fitness — and health — goals before you know it.
Sometimes keeping a promise to ourselves isn’t enough of a push to press play on our workouts. I know, it feels like it should be, but I’ve been there, too. I’ve told myself over and over that I would “start Monday”, “try again next week”, or that “this time I’m serious”, but those promises were never enough to get me to workout . . . until I told somebody else.
Find a Group
Joining an accountability group and showing up on my health and wellness Instagram changed the game. Knowing that there would be people waiting for me to check in after my workout, post my sweaty selfie, or share my win/struggle of the day was motivating af.
When I couldn’t push play for me, I pushed play for them.
Soon enough it became a habit and now I look forward to my daily workout, but that accountability still helps when I need to push outside of my comfort zone to try a harder workout program, get in all the veggies I need for the day, or when I need to push for a big goal.
If you need somebody to push you, cheer you on, or just be accountable to, I run a free accountability group on Facebook. You can also add me on Instagram!
Workout With a Friend
Grab your bestie or a friend from work (or the internet) and workout together. While we can’t meet up at the gym during social isolation, you can workout together over Zoom or text each other when your done.
Have a Plan
You need to know what you will be doing each day, even if it’s as simple as upper body, lower body, yoga, etc.
Follow a Program
I’m a huge fan of finding a workout program that works for you. A program will keep you from wondering what workout to do next. It will also keep you from overworking or underworking your muscle groups.
Most programs have built in rest days along with sufficient warm ups and cool downs. This ensures your taking care of your body, which will get you the best results in the long run.
Pick an App
I’m a devoted BOD (Beachbody on Demand) user. It’s my favorite because it’s basically Netflix for workouts! There are over 700 different workouts and we launch multiple new programs a year. Beachbody recently released a Barre program, a boxing program, and a sports conditioning program that’s taught by an NBA trainer.
It’s $99 a year, but you can also sign up with challenge packs that include nutritional supplements and (depending on the program) equipment.
Nike also has a great app! I love their programs and how Nike has cued workouts with demonstrations for every move.
Motivation is definitely something that is not consistent — even when you need to be. That’s why it is important to find ways to inspire motivation.
Being part of an accountability group or having an accountability buddy is definitely one way to find motivation!
Find Your Why
Your “why” is the reason you do what you do — why you workout, why you lace up your shoes, why you press play! Your why needs to be powerful! If it isn’t powerful, it won’t be enough to make you push through the hard days.
I have multiple whys. With my chronic illness, working out is one way I improve my symptoms and reduce flare ups. Working out also helps with my mental health and I love how strong I feel when I’ve been working out consistently.
Find your why and you won’t have to wonder when the next time you workout will be or if you’ll crush your fitness goals.
and one that always works for me . . .
Cute Workout Clothes
I’m obsessed with cute leggings! I may have a ridiculous amount . . . but I have a few rules I for the leggings I buy: they can’t be too expensive and they have to work for working out and lounging.
This means I don’t currently own any Lululemon leggings. Although if I finish my 80 day program I’m currently doing (today is day 41!), I’m going to buy a pair as a reward. Definitely on sale though!
I don’t think there is anything wrong with purchasing expensive leggings, I just don’t currently want to.
These are my favorite leggings! I’m currently waiting on my latest pair to come in! I wear my black Mila High-Waisted Pocket Capri CONSTANTLY. They are my go to leggings. I wore them all around Disney and they are probably my most worn leggings. I’m also a huge fan of their High-Waisted PowerHold 7/8 length legging.
Because I’m kinda short (5’2″), the capris are about 7/8 length on me and the 7/8 length is just a smidge above full length . . . if that makes sense.
You can join Fabletics here to find amazing deals on leggings (sports bras, tops, & more!).
Nike, TJ Maxx, Adidas
I get almost all my other leggings at TJ Maxx. I love Nike for hard exercises, Adidias leggings are great all around leggings, and I’ve found several other great leggings from random brands.
To Top It Off
I love to pair my leggings with fun graphic tees from Target or Etsy, but I recently purchased a couple of crop tops from Amazon to switch it up sometimes.
So, you tell me . . .
What are your tips for crushing your fitness goals? And what are your favorite leggings?