Are you currently thinking about changing your lifestyle for the better? Have all of those Instagram pics of your friends looking lean and fit started to sow a seed in your mind about just how in shape you could get if you tried? Thinking these kinds of thoughts is the first big step. You definitely have to want to do it to be successful, but outside of your own motivation, there are a few things you can do to help. Here is how to go from being a couch potato to a gym bunny!
1. Monday Start
Always make sure that you start working out on a Monday every week, because getting your exercise going on the first day is a good way to get yourself in to the routine of going back again and again. If you tell yourself that you are going to wait until Tuesday and Wednesday, the tiredness of work will start to creep in and your motivation and enthusiasm will dwindle with every passing hour!
2. Tiredness Isn’t an Excuse
You need to push through any tiredness that you might be feeling, because the fact is that working out can provide you with the energy and endorphins that you need to rectify that situation! Push through your thoughts of laying on the couch and get out there to be active instead. Your body will thank you for it later!
3. One Skip per Week
Make a strict rule with yourself that you are only allowed to skip working out one day a week. This day off will make you feel like you are still allowing your old potato couch self to come out every now and then, but the price that you have to pay for taking a day off is committing to exercising super hard on all the other days!
4. Be Kind to Yourself
You can’t turn up at the gym and expect to be a fitness god all in one week. Cut yourself some slack and just celebrate all of the mini goals that you meet and milestones that you reach along the way. The more you celebrate small achievements along the way, the more motivated you will be to do even better in the future.
5. No Shower Excuses
If you are one of those people who has a think about not wanting to shower in front of others at the gym, that is no excuse not to still be active. You can find a different form of exercise like yoga or strength training that won’t have you absolutely sopping wet after an hour.
6. Find a Buddy
It is human nature to be more alert and enthusiastic when you are doing an activity with another person as opposed to on your own. Find a work out buddy to go on this journey with you and you will find that you are more motivated to push yourself and achieve things than if you didn’t have someone by your side.