Fitness isn't a Hobby, It's a Lifestyle

Photo by Heather Schwartz

Photo by Heather Schwartz

If you’re like me, sometimes it can be challenging to motivate yourself to get off the couch and make it to the gym. We have to stop seeing working out as a hobby though. We have to instead see it as a lifestyle. We have to start making our health a priority. 

I’ve added 5 tips that can help you realign your focus and get motivated and energized.

1.   Make working out non-negotiable!

It takes about 6 weeks of doing a task until it becomes a habit. Over time, you'll be more motivated to go to the gym because the brain begins to associate sweat and pain with the surge of endorphins known as the “feel good hormones.” So it's important for the first six weeks to make gym time non-negotiable. 

2.   Positive thinking

It’s easy to fill your head with negative talk about yourself and your body. Low self-esteem not only negatively affect you, but it can also affect others around you. By thinking in a more positive light, it'll change your life and energy level in ways you never fathomed. “Daily Burn” Sarah Elizabeth states: “positive thinking has long promoted visualizing the benefits of a behavior as a motivational strategy."

3.   Make workouts fast, easy, and effective with HIIT

Many people either get bored during a workout or don’t exactly know where to start when they go the gym. Why work out in the gym for over an hour when you can get even better results if you work out for 30 minutes or less? 

Try this, instead: 

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, high interval training (HIIT) is an intense work period that may range from 5 seconds to 8 minutes long and are performed at 80% to 95% of a person’s estimated maximal heart rate.

It’s important to have rest periods while you are going through HIIT training because it will allow your muscles to recover and helps reduce your muscles burning. It will also help not to overwork your muscles. *The length of recovery will depend on your level of fitness.

The benefits of HIIT training consists of improving blood pressure, cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, and cholesterol profiles, and abdominal fat and body weight -- while maintaining muscle mass. HIIT can be modified for people on all exercise modes such as running, cycling, swimming, etc. *Resistance training for 30 minutes also will bring great results.

Fitness star Kayla Itsines, provides a workout app for women that incorporates resistance training, cardio and HIIT training that has brought great results for women worldwide. I LOVE it! 

4.   Eat foods that are beneficial to your health

I can’t stress enough that it is so important to eat foods that are healthy for your body! According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition states: “Your food choices each day affect your health—how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.” Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to obesity in the United States: about one-third of the US adults, which is about 33.8%, and 17% of children and adolescents aged from 2-19, are obese. According to the Mayo Clinic, being physically active is essential to reaching your weight loss goals, helping cardiovascular health, boosting your immune system, increasing your energy levels, improving mood, and combating diseases.

5.   Create goals and be happy with your progress

Create short and long-term goals, and be happy with your progress! Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or become healthier -- it is vital to be happy with your progress and be proud of yourself every step of the way. It is okay to get off track every now and then; no one is going to be perfect, but having that understanding to get back up again and not give up, will help in the long-run. 

6. A little something extra! 

You don't want to only feel good at the gym, you want to look good! I absolutely LOVE these new workout tanks from The Bitter Student, and I know you will too! If you want an airy feel with fabric that's comfortable, this is the perfect top for the gym, pool, or errands. 

Let me know below in the comment if you have questions and if this helps you in the slightest bit!

Sonnia Maria Bustamante