Even though it’s still cold and there are eleventybillion feet of snow up north, Spring Break is, in fact, almost here. After Spring Break comes Memorial Day and everyone knows Memorial Day is what kicks off the summer. It’s when you can start to wear white again (even though I wear white year-round- what a rebel), you start seeking out the friends of your friends that have boats, trips to the lake/beach/river become more common, and life just feels a little happier in general.
You know you acted like a bear and hibernated from the gym throughout the winter. I’m not judging you. It happens. We get cold and the warm bed is a lot more enticing than the gym in the mornings. What you CAN do, however, is shake of that mentality. It’s March! It’s time to wipe our winter-fogged eyes, pull out our sandals (even if they just sit there and look nice because, after all, it is still snowing in places), and get ready for summer.
Curvy, skinny, muscular, voluptuous, whatever skin you’re comfortable in, getting your butt to the gym for some post-winter sweat sessions will help you feel better and be more confident this summer.
It can be hard to get back into a routine if you’ve been out of one for awhile, so here are 9 ways you can jumpstart your workout routine!
- Join a gym
This seems obvious, but there’s a method to the obvious madness. When you buy something, you are committed to it. You will be more likely to go use something you pay for than you are just saying “I’m going to go running this week.” If you pay for a membership, you are invested and more likely to get your workout on.
- Find a class you enjoy
Most gyms offer classes to members, so find one you enjoy and get in there! Zumba, aerobics, cardio-lifting classes, yoga, kickboxing…whatever it is, get in there! You’ll be more inclined to go when you know you enjoy your workouts!
- Find a workout buddy
Things are always more fun with a friend! If you need that extra push to get to the gym, find someone who will go with you and keep each other accountable!
- Incentivize your workouts
Make a goal and reward yourself for meeting that goal. Did you go to the gym 4 times this week? Go get your toes done. Did you lose a pound? Put a dollar in a jar and save for some new shoes or a night out.
- Keep yourself accountable.
Set goals and don’t blow them off. It is really easy to say “well, I’m not going to meet my goal, so I’m gonna give up now.” DON’T DO THAT! Make smaller goals and think about them. The first week back, maybe aim to get to the gym 2-3 times. Be reasonable and keep yourself accountable!
- Try a pre-workout
Let me tell you something. Nothing will get me off my butt faster than a pre-workout. I recommend C4 by Cellucor. Pre-workouts can really help pump you up. I like C4 best because I don’t crash afterwards.
- Get a new outfit
New clothes always motivate me to workout! I always want to wear my new stuff so I like to go to TJ Maxx and look around for new workout clothes whenever I get in a rut.
- Find a program to follow
If you’re really lost and don’t know where to start, there are a ton of free workout programs out there. Bodybuilding.com has a ton of workouts on their site. Pick one you like and follow it!
- Always get dressed
This sounds like a “duh” point, but hear me out. Anytime I don’t know if I want to workout, I always put on my workout clothes. Shoes and everything. Once I do that, I very rarely ever stay home because I’ve already taken the time to get my clothes on. If you’re still not feeling it, get your stuff and get out the door. Then you really won’t turn around.
At the end of the day, you have to be determined. You need to commit. That run won’t happen if you don’t make it happen, but these tips will get you going on the days you feel like skipping out! If you want more tips and tricks, head over to the Shop tab and check out my new eBook!