Fitmark Ambassador Katherine Fischer explains how patience is important to understand
I have had a lot of people ask me lately how I stay motivated and keep myself in check, or how I started working out in the first place. My answer? It’s not easy! I woke up one day and decided to make a change in my life and I haven’t looked back. I just realized I needed to do something different. It was a wakeup call for me to look at myself in the mirror and realize I didn’t like what I was doing to my body anymore and know that I wasn’t holding myself to the potential I knew I had.
So how did I make my “resolution” for a healthy life stick? I knew it would take a few weeks to really make it a habit. That’s the hardest part, to me – starting and sticking to it! You just have to be patient, and realize that you won’t change your habits overnight. Even now, I have days where I’d rather be lazy. Who doesn’t? There are also days when I have to force myself to take a rest day. It’s a constant battle with myself, but in the end, only I know what is best for me and how much I can handle – just like only YOU can really tell yourself how much you can/will do.
My advice is to start small. Don’t think you can jump back into six days a week for 60 minutes – even if you used to be an athlete or workout regularly. When I tell people how to get started, I recommend a few days a week of something small – if you like to run, run! If you’d rather walk, walk! You can also ride your bike or do classes like yoga, zumba, and more. It’s important to find something you enjoy – then it will feel less like work and might make it easier to start. It’s also helpful to set a goal. Maybe this is the year you want to do a 5k! Find one within a reasonable time frame, register, and then start a beginner “couch to 5k” plan!
One of the easiest things to do is fall back into your old habits, so be patient with yourself. It takes time to get healthy! You didn’t gain it overnight, so don’t expect to lose it overnight either! Remember this quote when you doubt yourself: “The voice in your head that says you can’t do it is a liar.”
Fitmark Ambassador 2013
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