Whether you’re just starting your journey to fitness or you’re well on your way, variety is, after all, the spice of life. So, the easiest way to stay committed to being in the best shape possible is to find ways that you enjoy working out. When you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re more likely to make it a healthy habit and part of your everyday routine. Whether that means you need to work out on the beach or from the comfort of your own home, the choice is yours, of course! Let’s explore some ways that make staying committed to your physical health easy.
Location, Location, Location
They say location is everything, well they’re right! If you are the type of person who can only get motivated if you’re in the great outdoors, then your best bets will be activities like running, hiking, or mountain biking. Many yoga studios offer options to practice in the park, so if you’re looking for less intensity, that could be an excellent option for you. Maybe you’re just starting out or, for other reasons, would feel more comfortable working out from home; if this sounds like you, consider shopping for an interactive home gym. The bottom line is, figure out where you feel most inspired to get physical and start from there.
Consider Your Budget
When it comes to getting into the habit of exercise, some people can go all out from the very beginning! You can easily spend a small fortune, but it’s not always necessary or feasible. Of course, you’ll want to invest in clothing you may need to feel comfortable, like sports bras, leggings, and the appropriate footwear. But, if purchasing a home gym or even joining a gym isn’t within your budget right now, don’t sweat it! The great thing is nowadays, and there are a bunch of options for you online for free. All of these tutorials are available at every level from beginner, intermediate to advanced, so have no fear; you’re in good (virtual) hands. Also, don’t forget, the great outdoors and public parks are absolutely free, so utilize them frequently!
Know Your Limits
We all have different reasons for wanting to stay physically active and fit. For some people, it’s weight loss, others it may be to address medical conditions, and for most, it’s probably just wanting to feel their best. Whatever your reason, it doesn’t really matter, but knowing your own body and its limits do. Slow and steady wins the race. So, say you’re motivated to lose twenty pounds. If you start out by sprinting a mile every day, you’ll probably find that it’s challenging, which will discourage you, and you’ll want to give up. Start small and build upon your progress.
Additionally, you may have some injuries or parts of your body that don’t move the way they did when you were in college. There is nothing wrong with choosing gentler forms of exercise like yoga or pilates.
Mental Health Matters Too
Just as important as keeping yourself physically fit, you want to make sure your mental and emotional health is in tip-top shape as well. There are many ways to make this your reality, and you just need to explore them and decide what’s best for you. A lot of people like the holistic approach of meditation and breathwork. Though it may require a lot of practice when you’re just starting, once you master the breathwork and the ability to clear your mind and genuinely meditate, you’ll find that it’s an absolutely life-changing skill to have.
Other people may prefer the choice of seeing a therapist to talk through things they may be going through or have gone through in their lives. Therapy is a good approach and is not only life-changing, but in some cases, it can be life-saving. At the end of the day, whatever method you decide to go with doesn’t matter. Just make sure you recognize that part of being healthy and in peak shape has just as much to do with your mind as your body. It’s also easier to stick with healthy physical habits when you’re feeling up to snuff emotionally. The name of the game is positivity!