Making Fitness Work

Fitness and Health

How do you make fitness work for you?  A quick google search will reveal a million different workout plans.  How do you know which one is good for you?  If you are just starting out it can be overwhelming.

My advice? Just pick one.  Everyone’s body is different, everyone reacts differently to foods and workouts.  What works great for one person may not work for another.  Try some on for size.  Pick one and just start, give it some time and see what results you are getting, if it’s not a fit for you, pick something different.

Now don’t get me wrong, don’t jump around every day and never find a routine, because that won’t be helpful.

For example.  I had a certain workout that I’d been doing for awhile.  I liked it, but I wanted to try something new for the sake of improving different areas and muscle groups.  So I took on a new one. I did the new one for 2 months, but was having negative results, so I switched back and immediately saw change.  One works for me, one doesn’t, at least not in the way I want it to.

Nothing will work if you don’t begin something.  Don’t let choosing the right fitness plan keep you from even starting.

A great place to start if you are trying to find a plan that’s right for you is Body Building

Working Out When You’re Tired

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Have you ever been tired?  Have you ever not wanted to go work out?  Have you instead wanted to binge watch some netflix and devour an entire tub of ice cream?  If we are honest with ourselves we’ve all had these days.  I know I have.

So how do we get through days like this?  We have a plan.  Have you seen those ads for making a plan before a disaster strikes, because when it strikes then it’s too late?  It’s kind of the same principal here.  If we don’t have a plan for what to do on those days then we will probably become a couch potato.

Have A Plan

So first acknowledge that you are going to meet resistance.  There will be days that work was long and hard, and you got home late, there will be days when the kids have made you want to pull your hair out.  There will be days you are depressed, sad, feel unmotivated. Life gets to us sometimes.

Second write down your goals on Sunday.  That’s right, write them down on a piece of paper and tape it on your mirror, your car dash, your fridge, wherever you will see it often.  Then write your why.  Why do you want to be healthier?  Why do you want to be fitter?

How To Get Healthy

On the days when you’d rather pull the covers over your head read over this list.  Read it multiple times.  Read it out loud.  Then affirm yourself.  Tell yourself out loud that you can and will do your workout.  Affirming yourself and hearing yourself say you can do something gets things turning, and changes your mindset.

So do the above, and the next time you are having a rough day you will turn that day around.  Kick some butt and don’t ever give up.

 

Where Do I Start With Fitness?

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Starting something new is scary.  Think back to your first day and first week of work at your job.  You were probably nervous, wondering if you were going to be successful at it and if you would learn the job in the time you needed to.

Then you got into a routine, and before you knew it you weren’t even thinking about it anymore but just doing what you needed to do.

If you are in a relationship, think back to day one and how nervous you were and how you wondered constantly if anything would come of it.  There are so many things that when we start we are scared of.

Fitness is one of those things.  The gym can be intimidating, between the grunters and people who look like they could kick your butt in their sleep, it can be a scary place.

<h3>Everyone Had a Starting Point</h3>

Everyone started somewhere.  Everybody was at one time a newbie.  Yes even those people that are extremely scary looking in the gym, at one time were intimidated themselves.

So just get in there.  Don’t worry too much about what other people are doing or look like.  You are there for you, not them.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions to the gym staff.  Any good gym, the staff should be more than happy to help you.  If you want some knowledge going in, google some workouts before going in.  You can google things such as: “Arm day workout”, “leg day workout” etc, and you will get lots of examples of what to do.

So don’t be scared!  Every new thing is a little nerve wracking but you will get in a groove.  Don’t let the fear of walking in a gym keep you from becoming a healthier you.  Get out there and kick some butt, you’ve got this!

Becoming Better

Fitness Motivation

How many times have you fallen in life?  If you are anything like me I know it’s happened a lot.  I honestly don’t know how many times I’ve screwed up at stuff.

While I’m still not comfortable with it, I’m definitely more at peace with it.  I used to hate messing up, so much so that it would keep me feeling defeated for days, I would get angry and upset.

I’ve learned that it’s not worth it to kick yourself too hard over such issues.  Failing is a part of life, it’s not a final life sentence on you, it’s not an end all decision.  It just means whatever you are doing didn’t work, and that you just need to try a different way.

Think of failing like a list of check boxes, each time you fail, you are checking off one more box of something you shouldn’t try, and narrowing down what you should try.

So don’t be afraid of failure, don’t let the idea of it keep you from venturing out into new things.  You’ve got this, if you fail so what!  It’s inevitable.  Just get back up.

Fitness And Stress

Fitness Tips and Motivation

Fitness Relieves Stress

It really does. The benefits of exercising and maintaining a healthy body go far beyond image.  It increases clarity and productivity in our mind.  And who doesn’t get stressed out?  Between our jobs, busy lives, family drama, commutes to work, there are a ton of stressors that try to jump on us and suck the life out of us.  But we can fight back.

Kick Stress in the Butt

Seriously, kick it in the butt.  If you feel the stress washing over you, put on some music that helps calm you down, breathe in and out deeply for a couple minutes.  Breathe in and hold for 3 seconds, then exhale for 3 seconds.

This act alone can greatly reduce stress immediately.

The gym, the track, the treadmill are all places to pound away the stress.  When we take our stress and formulate it into a workout we are literally working it out of our system.  The stress naturally dissipates as our bodies sweat and have physical exertion placed on them.

So if you are struggling with stress, get rid of it, kick it out.  You don’t have time for it.

If you are looking for encouragement and accountability with your fitness goals, you may be interested in my free facebook fitness group.  It’s just a group of people encouraging one another, posting goals, and helping each other along the way to health and fitness.  Click below to join the group.
Facebook Fitness Group

Need Fitness Accountability?

Need some Fitness Accountability?

We All Need Accountability

No really, we do. Going in at fitness and retraining your body is extremely hard.  It’s insanely hard actually.  Having someone to cheer you on can make all the difference between success and failure.

If you’ve ever been to a marathon or half-marathon you know the importance of those cheering on the sideline.  At marathons, there are hundreds of people along the way, offering you encouraging words and cheers to keep you going.

When You Need A Push

Having accountability gives you that extra push on days when you don’t feel like working towards your goals, or when you don’t feel like going on.

So how do you get accountability?  I have your solution.

Fitness Accountability

That’s right, offering a place where you can come and get free accountability of Facebook.  Join today, it’s your home for kick butt encouragement, where you can connect with other people on the path to health and fitness.  No judgement, just accountability to keep you focused.  Click below and join today.

Fitness Accountability

Conquer Your Fitness Goals

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How are your fitness goals going?  Are you succeeding? Having trouble?  We are now on week 2 of the new year, and I hope your resolve and determination are not waning yet.  But if they are have no fear.  It’s normal.

Week one is the easy week, you are pumped, you are determined, this is your year.  And in reality yes it is.  By week 2 some of that resolve may be going away, but again that is normal. Your body is telling you to stop, to be the same as you were, that you won’t make it.

<h2>Your Mind Is Strong</h2>

It’s true it is.  Begin to tell yourself that you can achieve your goal.  Tell yourself that you can. Tell yourself that you are capable.  Tell yourself each and every day.  I know it may sound crazy, but do it.  Affirm yourself when you are getting ready in the morning, when you are driving to work or school.  Affirm yourself time and time again

<h2>Fitness begins in the Mind</h2>

Really everything does, but especially for fitness you have to be ready mentally.  If you need an extra push or need a plan, I have just the thing to help kick start your goals.  For more information hit me up at my email:   directorb.blog@gmail.com

 

Photo credit: Mladen Djordjevic

Making Time For Fitness

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The truth about having time for fitness is that there is never time for it.  There isn’t.  Between the busyness of life and everything you have going on, it’s never really convenient.  I work full time, go to college online, and a reservist in the military, have a wife and daughter, write blogs, write novels, and have to get a game of Catan in every now and then.  So yes life is busy.

Making Time for Fitness

It’s tough.  You have to put a lot of effort into making the time.  It means going to the gym, or hitting the asphalt at night sometimes, after a long day of work.  It means getting up before much of the world and before the sun.

Fitness Takes Work

If it was easy as eating cake everyone would look amazing.  It does take work, it takes commitment.  So yes when you get home from work, or when you wake up at the butt crack of dawn, you won’t feel like going and putting your muscles and lungs through torment.

Do it anyway.

Always choose the harder decision.  It will pay off in the end.

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Risk Taker?

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Would you consider yourself a risk taker?  If not how come?  Do you think we should live a life of risk?  Or a life of security.

Security is nice.  After all my day job involves securing peoples homes, so I know first hand how important security is.  But I’m not talking about security over our possessions or personal beings and families.  I’m talking about security in never doing anything that involves us taking chances.

For instance. Maybe you have a good job, but you hate it.  You dread the drive in to work, and you have trouble falling asleep the night before because you are dreading it so much.  Maybe what you really want to do involves a lot less money.

So what?  Take the risk and go for it.   Would you rather live in misery instead?

Or maybe you are really into him or her and are debating jumping totally in, moving for them, or committing to them.  Is there truly a reason you are hesitant?  Or is it simply you are afraid.

Fear can cripple, it can paralyze us and keep us stuck.

Time marches on faster than we realize, so get out of your normal routine, and start something grand today.

Work

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What do you want in life?  It’s an age old question, one which may ask and don’t the answer, or maybe don’t want the answer.

If we take some time to really think about what we want and focus on what we love, we could very easily answer the question of what we want. The problem is we get comfortable where we are at and choose not to push ourselves to more. We choose not to keep going harder and stronger.

But we can.  We can work our butts off and get so far.  It takes leaps of faith, it takes risk, and it takes hard work.

You want to land that dream job?  It takes sacrifice, night classes at your community college and working hard.

You want to get that body you’ve wanted?  It takes discipline, day after day hitting the gym whether you feel like it or not, saying no to junk food even when you want it.

You want that girl/guy?  Go all out, lay down your life, and don’t give up so easily.  Work hard.

Everything worth having takes work.  So work your butt off and get there.  No more excuses.