So last week, I talked all about my go to snacks. Because I talk a lot about food on the blog (woops!), I thought I’d bring up my work out routine … just to even things out a little bit.
When I was a little girl, I never. stopped. moving. I walked at an early age, did gymnastics, and all that jazz, but as the years went on, art became my primary focus. Up until that point, I was never one to work out since I ran around outside all day anyway doing who knows what. Towards the end of high school and throughout college, I would try random things here & there, but nothing ever stuck.
I think many of us have different reasons for working out … mine happens to be for staying in shape and keeping up my endorphins. For the past six months, I’ve developed a solid routine that works for me and I couldn’t feel better about it!! This is how it stuck for me:
1. Location, location, location. I’ve tried things like Jillian Michaels and Tae Bo before. Although I really enjoyed them, I found myself easily distracted by the comfort of my own home. I could literally stop at any point and not really feel weird about it. Nowadays, I’m apart of Anytime Fitness, which is located ONE block from my house. It’s far enough to not be at my house, but close enough to get to quickly. Because it takes less than a minute to get there, I’m more apt to actually get out the front door.
2. Routine. I’m kind of a workaholic, as is. Towards the end of this summer, I realized that I needed to give myself stricter guidelines as to when I should take breaks. It’s not good for anyone to constantly work 15 hour days. No way! I then decided to schedule my workout time to be 8:00 pm, most nights. Because of this, I have a certain time where I simply STOP what I’m doing. It’s been nice – and the endorphins aren’t bad either!
3. Do what you can. I’ve found that if you force yourself to do things, your routine will quickly become a chore. If working out for a whole hour isn’t for you, then try a half hour! If you can’t cut out all the treats you love (like me), then don’t! Just try to portion control in a way that works for you. For instance, I’m an ice cream freak. Always have been. But now, I take out a smaller bowl and fill it up … just a little mind trick!