If your fitness routine has been inconsistent over the past few months, you’re likely not alone! Here are some tips to get your mind in the gym mode (even if you don't have a gym currently) 💪 :
1) Start from easy and mini workouts
It is common that we always find excuses to get our daily 30 minute ground-hitting workout plan going. We constantly tell ourselves that we don't have the time in our "busy" schedules or that we're too tired to exercise. The best way to make these excuses invalid is to start from a 5-10 minute mini-workout. It could be a couple of squats or crunches when watching TV or a simple jog around the block.
Start small. As you build these mini-workouts into your daily routine, your body and mind will become more accepting to the challenge of longer, more intense workouts. No more excuses... JUST START!
2) Don’t get pigeonholed into one type of workout
It’s easy to fall into the hype of trendy diets and workouts, but what works for one person may not work well for others. And more importantly, what works for you yesterday may not work well for you tomorrow. Our body is changing to adapt to the environment and any external factors, such as the food we eat and exercises we do. It will get used to one type of workout and make the workout less effective.
Instead of getting pigeonholed into one type of workout, everyone should feel empowered to discover new workout plans and be the designer of their own workouts. Purchase the APTITUD Fit Kit to help! It includes everything you need for a diversified workout: resistance bands for a killer leg day, resistance tubes for upper body strength, core sliders for rock hard abs, and a towel to cool down after. Variety is the spice of life!
3) Give Yourself Rewards
In fact, science says that giving yourself rewards along the way is a great way to keep up the consistency. According to a 2016 study published in the journal Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, rewarding yourself for each success on the path to making a habit of working out will strengthen your desire to work out. You can build your exercise habits by offering yourself something that makes you happy; an episode of your favorite show, buying yourself something nice, a cheat day, getting a massage, or going out with friends.
Even if you miss a target for a particular day or week, don't stress too much — a single missed workout will not destroy your developing habit. So reward yourself, believe in yourself, and you will get your expected results!