I used to believe that going to the gym every day was the answer to all my problems. When I first signed up, I went 6 days a week. Then 2 times. Another week would pass and I wouldn't make it.
#felloffthetheoreticalwagon #thestruggleisreal #FML
I would feel anxiety and guilt if I didn't go. Also, for having to pay for it. ( I seriously HATE wasting money.) It would keep me up at night. Feeling that way was exhausting. More exhausting than I would feel if I had gone.
I spent a ridiculous amount of time and energy stressing over what I wasn't doing instead of being proud of what I was.
The hardest part about getting fit, lean, stronger, losing weight or whatever you like to call it is actually doing it. Putting one foot in front of ( or behind) the other.
To move from being obsessed to actually taking action.
When I decided that I would commit to moving on a regular basis. I started small by doing 30 minutes - 2 days a week. That felt easy. (In case you've forgotten my story, check it out here.)
My competitive nature would try to tell me that I wasn't doing enough and that I needed to work harder. My ego was constantly fighting me on what was "enough".
But I knew that I needed to take small steps instead of the #gobigorgohome.
Once exercise started to feel easier then I was ready to take it up a notch.
Here are the steps I took to get fit and drop 40 lbs.
And the proof via my Instagram feed.
Get a goal ( a real one that means something to you )
Looking back I feel that the reason I struggled with getting my butt out the door and going to the gym was that I wasn't really sure what my goal was. I knew I "had" to lose at least 30 lbs for my mental health and body image. But other than that, I wasn't really feeling it.
I needed to dig into my bigger why and set a goal that didn't totally suck. (This was long before Danielle LaPorte's wonderful Desire Map book was created.) I was craving goals that would fulfill my want of feeling connected, grounded and powerful in my body.
I love living so close to a provincial park. Today it was quiet and just the right temperature. I walked most of the time and it felt so damn good. Normally I would push myself to run the whole thing but I was missing out on the sounds , smells and the fine details. I really need this today and am happy I chose it over going to the gym. #listentoyourbody #notallfitnesshastolookthesame #rebelhealth #loveyourself #bodylove #fitness
When it comes to getting fit, you DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR A DAMN THING if you don't want to. There are tons of free or low cost options that I am sharing below. That way "having enough money" isn't a factor holding your back. Use what you have around you.
I also believe that being a part of a team fuels my creative needs.
Did I mention that I play soccer ?
Find space that you can really move in
I'm serious. Where around your house or in your yard / neighborhood could you do burpees and not knock a lamp off the wall ?
Look for solid floors and move the furniture.
If you are outside, look at playgrounds or school fields. Every space is an opportunity.
My current favorite place to work out is the provincial park 100 meters away from our home. It has paved pathways, hills, trails that wind through trees and along the riverbed.
Use your body weight.
When I first started out at the gym, I did 80% body weight workouts. It's important to be able to lift your own weight before you start adding to it.
I want you to think outside of the box or typical strength training methods. Find large rocks, sandbags or even a suitcase will do. My go to is 13kg bags of dog food and occasionally my husbands tools. You'd be surprised at how heavy the stand for a mitre saw is.
Some days my own body feels heavy enough. Work with what you've got.
Try : push ups, front lunges, back squats, tricep dips, planks, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, use the monkey bars.
Going for more of that calm and grounded feeling that I mentioned in yesterday's blog post (Live link in my bio - when to let go of what's not working). I love that we live so close to one of Alberta's provincial parks. #healthynotskinny #selflove #selfcareforthriving #yychealth #yyc #focusonyoufirst #moveyobody
And here are a few more ways to do it.
Become friends with YouTube
I love YouTube. You can find free yoga classes, pilates, barre, cardio workouts, anything really ! Most videos are short.
Have you checked out Pinterest ?
Damnnnnn there are a ton of free resources on there. I've got a whole board on Get Healthy NOT Skinny.
Try all the new classes.
Is there something on your fitness bucket list that you keep saying that you've been "dying" to try ? Check out new fitness classes in your neighborhood. They often offer a complimentary first class or a big discount on the first month.
Apps, apps app
There are a ton of free apps that you can download. Ones like the Nike + Training app. It has a huge library of workouts for your different workout goals. Also Spitfire is great for beginners with video instructions of how to do each set of movements.
Also try : Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout , My Fitness Pal, Zombies, Run , or check out this post on The Greatest about free fitness apps.