I started a new workout plan about a month ago. It’s amazing! And it’s a lifting program. I’ve been wanting to do a weightlifting program for ages, but for some reason I kept holding myself back. I’d go back to the same old routines, start one up and a week in I’d get bored. Finally, I said: “Fuck it, I need to do the program that I want to do and not let what’s in my head stop me.”
The thing that I have learned over the last few years is if you want to be consistent with exercise, you don’t necessarily have to be consistent with WHAT you are doing; you just have to find what you like to do. And DO IT! There are those people that will always do the same workout day in and day out and be perfectly content. I am NOT one of those people. I’ve stopped and started plenty of workouts.
But don’t get frustrated with the process of finding the right one for you. For me, finding the right workout program has been to find one that has an end point. Two months, three months, even 30 days, whatever it is, I have an end in sight and that becomes my goal – complete every workout within that program (even if it takes a little longer than the prescribed time frame given).
And listen to yourself, listen to your friends. This is where your support network or even the girl in the checkout line who just came from a workout (I’m not afraid to go grocery shopping looking a hot mess after a workout) can help you figure out the right program. I’ve scoured the internet, read up on different programs and picked some losers and winners based on my support system and their advice.
Don’t give up on finding the right exercise routine for you if the first one or even tenth one doesn’t work out. Remember, you’re still getting in the exercise while you find the right one.
And here’s something else I have learned along the way…actually, let’s back up. I’ve been listening to a podcast recently during my lifting sessions and I heard this quote and it spoke volumes to me:
The thing is we hold ourselves back so much when it comes to improving upon oneself. It’s time to stop. Remember way back in the day when I did the workout program Insanity? I almost never started the program. A program that I ultimately believe propelled me into the remainder of my journey to lose weight. Why was I scared to start? Because I didn’t believe I could do it. I didn’t believe that I could be amazing. That I was STRONG.
Belief in yourself can change the course of a goal from failure to achievement.
So, whether it’s Insanity, Strong Curves, yoga, running, Shaun T, or Jillian Michaels, there is a program that is right for you. Believe in yourself and the strength that you have and get out there!