New Year. It's the time of the year when we swear to ourselves to improve and make a big difference in our lives. I bet one of your resolutions has something to do with health and keeping fit. That's because one of the most common New Year's Resolution is going to the gym (especially after feeling guilty about all the weight gain incurred during the holidays). But did you know? 77% of people fail to follow through on this resolution! Don't be one of them!
New Year is just around the corner. One of the things we enjoy doing to commemorate the day is to make resolutions for the next year; promises to improve ourselves on the different aspects of our lives. One of the most popular promises made is to have healthier and fitter bodies. But it is not a secret that most resolutions are forgotten before a quarter of the year has even passed.
The holidays, although fun and festive, is usually the culprit to wreaking havoc to the strict implementation of our fitness routine. Thanksgiving is no different. We can only imagine the scrumptious dinner prepared and our self-control flies out the window, as with our fitness goals and visions. This actually sets us back and makes all our work leading up to this day futile, and we’d have to start all over again.
Pumping Iron. Lifting weights. Whatever it is called strength training is important and should not be ignored. Most people are intimidated by it or fear it. But keep in mind that the benefits it can give your body outweighs any doubts you have in mind.
Here are 5 reasons as to why you should start your strength training NOW.
Are you one of those persons who finds it hard to getting out of your bed in the morning? Just not a morning person? But if you do want to have a productive day, waking up earlier than usual can be beneficial! Here are some tips on how to get up and get movin’ right away.
Make sure you ready your gym outfits the night before
Clothes..or rather gym outfits can be very motivating especially if they’re cool and cute looking! But seriously, prepping it the night before can save you a lot of time in the morning and laziness of finding what to wear won’t set in! You won’t also be forgetting the essentials. I also read that some would even SLEEP in their workout clothes! So that in the morning they just roll out of bed!
2. That alarm clock? Place it across your room.
Yup, that’s right. When it is placed by your bedside tendency is you will just hit snooze and go back to sleep. Placing it across your room will force you to get up and turn it off!
3. Automate your playlist and crank up some tunes!
Load your favorite music app with upbeat songs and automate it. This will get your body in the mood to move and get up! Plus you’ll get benefits from a music-filled morning.
4. Get a friend to workout with you
Getting a workout buddy can be beneficial. She can act as your second alarm clock especially if she is a morning person. And if you feel like going back to sleep but knowing you are letting someone down by not showing up...you are more likely to GET UP and not let her down!
We all had those days when even getting out of bed is HARD. Hoping these 7 reasons can help you get up and get movin' and start motivated!
1. Remember your why
Have you had those times when you try on something and it doesn’t feel right or it doesn’t look good because it doesn’t fit right. Or the times where you wanted to wear those shorts but just not brave enough - use these thoughts to get you moving. Remember it is not just staying motivated all the time, it’s about remember your WHY all the time. Remember why you started to work out and be fit in the first place!
2. Trying new stuff
Okay, you’re not a gym person. You dislike pilates or yoga. But don’t generalize. Go out there and find what works for you. Remember that there’s something out there for everyone one of us. I personally like to lift. So and find the right class that fits you right! If you can’t still find one, email me and let’s see if group training works for you. ;)
3. Crave that feeling of endorphin rush
We all know that when you workout your body produces these good feeling hormones called endorphins. Crave that feeling! Think about how good you will feel AFTER you are done with your workouts, smiling for hours after.
4. Read motivations
These motivational quotes we share are not just for nothing. Print them. Hang them around you. Read them on your phone. As Zig Ziglar would say, "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." Follow us on IG for your daily dose of motivation @strongbodiez
5. Join a challenge group or a fitness group!
Challenges and groups can get you motivated! You will see your instructor or leader getting so motivated - it’s infectious!! The energy and vibe of the group will keep you going on days you just want to crawl back in bed and sleep. Plus, the accountability in such groups will make you want to work out as you don’t want to be the person in that group that quits and leaves!
6. Buy some new workout clothes
Strange as it may seem but having new workout clothes just motivates me to MOVE and work out! Why not let it go to waste by not working out? Plus it adds a boost of self-confidence to get you moving!
7. Write down and track your success
There’s a reason why most people take before pictures, why people write down their current weight and their weight goals. It’s for those times when you feel like quitting. When you write down your progress and keep track of it, you’ll see how far you have come. It will keep you going and going!
And if you want support and level up your fitness journey, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Most people want to work out more for what they see in the mirror – the physical change they see in their bodies. But beautiful and glorious things also happen in the inside. Here are 5 awesome reasons as to why workouts can lead to a healthier and happier you!
1. Better Sleep
Studies conducted by National Sleep Foundation shows that 67% of people doing regular exercise and incorporating movement in their daily routine say they achieve that good night’s sleep. It has something to do with your body excreting melatonin, the happy hormones during exercise. National Sleep Foundation also recommends regular exercise to those suffering from chronic insomnia, the most common sleep disorder among adults.
2. Alleviates Anxiety and Depression
Going to the gym or continuously taking daily walks around may help you fight off depression.
Studies done by Science journal Psychosomatic Medicine shows that even 30 minutes of exercise was sufficient to alleviate bouts of depression and as effective as medication.
Exact reasons were not pointed out but researchers believe that it has something to do with the person being distracted from negative thoughts to balancing key neurotransmitters such as serotonin. It also fights of anxiety disorder as it has the same reaction with depression.
3. Helps Ease Off Killer Cramps
The agony of period pain is something women had to endure every month.
But with adding workouts to your daily routine it prevents you from popping more pain meds or sticking one of those heat patches! Working out releases those happy endorphins and it acts as natural pain killers!
4. Gives Memory Boosts
Do you have a presentation coming up? Or doing a class performance?
You might want to hit the gym or do a workout! Studies show that a single session of a workout results in higher blood levels of hormones that's associated with stronger memory!
5. Makes you more confident
Knowing that your body is capable of achieving physical feats and experiencing your physical strength and abilities - these give you a boost in self-confidence. A kind of like power that conquers your mind and influences all other areas of your life! It improves your self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-efficacy and self-love!