January isn’t the only time to start a fitness routine. ANY time is the perfect time to start. New Year, New Me is a fun way to start the year. But staying consistent is more important than a cute, catchy IG quote. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good quote! But’s it’s more effective actually DO something and stick to it than it is to post a quote on Instagram. Something VERY important thing to keep in mind when embarking on a new health & fitness routine is that it will take time to meet your goals. Sure, it’s easy to beat yourself up, especially this time of year and all its resolutions. Don’t fall into that trap. As cliche as it sounds, you can always redirect and restart. There really is no finish line.

Instead of lamenting over letting yourself get out of shape, or reminding yourself of how great you looked or how much you ran, focus on your goals. Look for things to be grateful for, whether physical or not. Expressing gratitude will always put you in a positive headspace. This helps tremendously when starting that workout.

So you’ve made the decision to start a new fitness routine. What next?

  • Take Inventory: See where you are. Take measurements, pictures, and weigh yourself. Weight is only one way to track progress. Pictures and measurements will also show your progress at times when the scale may not be moving in the desired direction.
  • Start Moving: Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it really is that simple. Find an exercise you’ve enjoyed in the past. Or try that workout you’ve been thinking about for a while.
  • Set Goals: Goals don’t need to record-breaking, just attainable. A goal just needs to provide with something to work towards. Just remember to keep them specific. Say you’re going to “go for a walk three days a week”, instead of saying “I’ll walk more this week.” See the difference?
  • Make an Appointment: Treat your workout as an appointment you CANNOT miss. Put it in your calendar and you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
  • Be Flexible: There will be moments when you don’t go as far or lift as heavy as you’d like. That’s OK. Just try again tomorrow.

What fitness goals are you working on now?