In my 20’s, 30’s even 40’s I used exercise as a way to control my weight and for me that was long distance running with just a smidgen of core and strength training thrown in. Now in my 50’s, exercise isn’t about weight control (because you can’t exercise away a bad diet) it’s my THERAPY.
But I have to come clean, I wasn’t doing it. Yes, I was exercising with a few clients and teaching one class but on the off days I struggled to pull myself away from my computer.
Over the last month I created a plan that included only 30 minutes of exercise and the amazing thing is, I soon remembered how wonderful it felt both physically and mentally.
Even knowing this, keeping the enthusiasm can be tricky, so I’ve put together my top tips to how to find your perfect workout and an exercise routine that will last.
FIND A WORKOUT THAT YOUR BODY CRAVES
If you’re dreading opening up your computer to watch one of our online videos, going to your workout class or worse yet you feel awful after one of these, that’s the biggest sign you haven’t found a workout that challenges you in the right way. There is always a level of resistance towards exercise but if you finish a session knowing your body is better for it and you want to go back tomorrow – you’ve found something that works.
It’s completely normal to feel a little sore after a good workout, however if you’re feeling wiped out or not able to move, likely the workout isn’t working for you. This may be due to your current level of strength, not using the correct form or overusing certain muscle groups. Whatever the cause, if you don’t feel good after exercise it’s time to go searching for something your body craves.
The good news is that I am here for you! The Be Healthy Enough Online Exercise Platform is not just a catalog of videos, I am your online personal trainer.
As your personal trainer I do recommend that before giving up start experimenting. Use your journal to track how your body feels during and after a workout. Try some new videos; kick it up with the new Cardio Sandwich video or build that foundation with the Good Morning Back video.
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Slowly you’ll see a pattern showing what your body responds best to. It might be slow and controlled body work such as Pilates or Motion is Lotion for your Joints, more heart pounding like 20 Minute Low Impact Cardio or you love how your muscles feel and look after the most popular video 30 Minute Total Body Strength.
SHIFT YOUR MINDSET AROUND EXERCISE
Sometimes you just have to fake it until you make it a routine! Use your inner actress and wake up excited to exercise (even if you don’t feel this way). It’s amazing what a good attitude will do for motivation.
Dragging your butt out of a cozy bed to exercise is probably one of the toughest things to do if you don’t have a plan.
Work with me to create a monthly exercise plan or chose from one of our pre-made plans
Make the transition from bed to exercise effortless, put out your shoes and workout gear the night before, where you might trip over it.
Once you start watching one of my videos, give it your all. Pushing your body can be hard, and it’s easy to slip into a comfortable place, especially if no one is watching! The other day I put on a new core workout and ended up on my mat cuddling with my dog Whiskey as opposed to doing the moves. If you’ve gotten up, got dressed, started a video embrace the struggle and see what your amazing body can do. You will not regret it, I promise
I was talking to one of our community members, Lori, the other day and she said exercise is now a priority for her! She is working full time but has a custom plan we designed, sets her alarm and gets in at least 15-20 minutes most mornings. She used to think it had to be an hour but that amount of time never fit into her busy life.
This short everyday plan works for her and is far superior to one hour once a week. Consistency was key and it’s now become her habit.
You all know that in the online platform we have 5-30 minute workouts as well as some intense 45-60 minute routines. The individual shorter workouts are the best possible place to start when you’re trying to create a daily ritual you feel you can maintain. 15 minutes in the morning is nothing, but those 15 minutes over a week, a month, a year has a huge impact on your life.