Your Path to Getting HOOKED on Fitness
When I look back on my life, I can’t remember exactly when, or how it happened… But somewhere along the line, I realized I can’t go a day without it. And when I do go a day without it, I just don’t feel “normal”. I experience withdrawal symptoms such as moodiness, irritability, sleeplessness and change in appetite. Sound familiar? That’s right… I’m ADDICTED!! Hi, My name is Kat, and I am a Fitness Addict! And guess what, I’m not quitting. EVER.
Most of the time, we don’t associate being “addicted” to something as beneficial. Many of us have been hurt by addictions – ours or those of our loved ones. I’m going to ask you to break that thought process for just a moment, while I try to convince you of something that can and will benefit your life tremendously if you can successfully get “hooked”. And this thing, if you can successfully hook yourself, will not only benefit your life, but can be a positive step to de-hooking (yeah I just made that word up) yourself from the detrimental fallbacks to which you’ve grown accustomed. I’m talking about a fitness addiction! One of the hardest things about exercising is sticking with it. And, let’s face it, a walk here, a bike ride there and an aerobics class every now and again isn’t really going to get you the results you desire. But, if you can keep up your motivation for a couple of weeks, it will become a habit – and you’ll truly see and feel results.
Visualize your ideal physique. Have you ever seen photos on social media or in magazines and thought, “I wish I could get my body to look like that!”? Do you want to know the one major difference between you and the person in that picture? I’ll let you in on a secret. Aside from the probability that there is some degree of airbrushing and photo retouching, there is one MAJOR difference in their lifestyle…. Addiction. That person is a Fitness Addict!
1. Timing is everything.
Workout at a time that fits your schedule and a time that you know you won’t talk yourself out of. If you plan to hit the gym after work, but often stay late at the office or have social engagements, it’s going to be hard to make your workout a regular part of your week. For most people, mornings are the most realistic time. If you can get up an hour earlier for one week, you might find that exercise wakes you up and energizes you for the rest of the day. On the other hand, if you are one of those “snooze button” people, and you find yourself unconsciously hitting the snooze and waking up 15 minutes late and you can’t figure out how… the AM workout is probably not for you. Do you get a lunch hour? Find a nearby gym and go hit it for 30-40 minutes a day during your lunch hour, or try at home workout programs! Where there is a will, there is a way! If you can’t figure out your way, get a hold of me and we will figure it out together!
2. Seek convenience.
Inconvenience is the #1 reason for not working out! Find a gym that is close to your home or office, exercise outdoors during lunch or workout at home. You can build a home gym in your basement or spare room and it will save you the traveling time! For as little as $100 you can invest in a mat, bands, ball and free weights – all of which are excellent tools to get you started on a strength training program. For cardio you can take advantage of the great outdoors and get out for a walk, run or bike ride. I will pay A LOT for convenience. I am a member of two gyms. The first is a big nationwide LA Fitness membership which I utilize on the weekends. The second however, is a little hole in the wall with a small room for exercise classes and a few machines. The cost to this little hole in the wall is the equivalent of FIVE MONTHS at my other gym. This is where I work out during the week since it is in my building and I can fit my workout in during my lunch hour, which I have found works the best for me. Seek convenience, even if it is a little more expensive. Your health is worth it!
3. Make it a “given”.
This step is HUGE in getting addicted! Think about it, people who have addictions don’t think to themselves, I wonder if I’ll smoke a cigarette today. They don’t wonder because it’s a “given”. Schedule a time to workout. Write it in your calendar and treat it like you would any other important meeting. It’s best to pick a time that works for you every day so that when, for example, 6:00 pm rolls around you know it’s time to get ready for your workout. Make sure your friends and family know that other engagements will have to wait until after your exercise time – this is YOUR time to do something for YOUR health. The more you and everyone else in your life become accustomed to scheduling around your workout, the less likely you’ll be to blow it off for other activities. Before you know it, it will just become a normal part of your day. When 6:00 rolls around… it’s gym time baby! You won’t even think about it.
4. Plan ahead.
It doesn’t take much additional effort to get organized. While you’re packing your lunch or laying out your clothes for work the next day, be sure to pick out clean exercise clothes, pack your gym bag and fill up your water bottle so you can get up and go in a hurry. If you are working out at home, make sure your exercise area is neat and clutter-free before and after each session so you won’t get distracted by cleaning the next time you exercise. If you work out at or near work, pack a gym bag with enough clean gym outfits for the week. That way, you won’t have to remember to pack gym clothes every day. You take your bag to work on Monday, and take it home with you on Friday to clean the dirty and re-pack. Don’t forget to pack a plastic bag or some type of laundry bag to store your dirty clothes separately so that your entire gym bag doesn’t end up smelling like sweat and stinky feet! Keep some deodorant, body wash, wipes and dry shampoo in your gym bag so that you can clean up quickly after your workout if needed. Yes, you will get sweaty, and no that is not a valid excuse.
5. Talk it up.
Decide that you’re going to be that person in the office or in your social circle who is awe-inspiring for motivation. When co-workers start noticing your transformation, tell them that you now exercise four to five times a week. Make it a character trait, just a fact of life. This isn’t just something you’ve been dabbling in lately. It’s become a part of you! Hearing yourself describe your life in this way, out loud, makes it real, and will inspire you to keep it up. You know what else happens when you talk something up? People hold you accountable. You would feel silly boasting around the office that you’ve found a new-found love for fitness and it’s going to change your life dramatically… then two weeks down the road, Bob in the cube next to you asks how it’s going and all you can do is sigh and tell Bob that you gave up. Not you, my friend! We don’t give up. We talk it up! And we walk the talk.
6. Become an addict.
The truth is, the “feel-good chemicals” released during high intensity workouts can leave you craving exercise. It’s called an endorphin high – just like the runner’s high. It’s a real thing! If you can reach the point where you yearn for that fitness high the way one might desire coffee, motivation will no longer be an issue. When you’re having a bad day, what do you fall back on? The cookie? HELL NO! Put the sugar down! Your fallback is that endorphin high! What about when you’re so stressed you feel like you’re going to pull your hair out? Gym time! Boss, family or significant other have you at your wits end? Reach for that runner’s high! Just like Elle Woods said, “Exercise creates Endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t kill their husbands.”
Now you have the steps you need to get hooked on fitness. Remember that when you exercise regularly, you will need to drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods that will refuel your body for the next workout and replenish your muscles so that they can grow big and strong. You don’t want to sabotage all of your hard work!
Drop me a line and let me know if there is anything else you want to discuss!
Until next time!