Ready to get after what you want this year? Every week in January, we’re focusing on an aspect of a woman’s life–fitness, community, healthy eating, and career–and hooking you up with our favorite tips to help you turn your resolutions into long-term healthy habits. This is your year. This is your Mira. It’s time to Do You.
Your motivation is at an all time high. Thanks, January! Now, do something about it. Break through the BS you tell yourself that keeps you from getting that booty into action. If getting back in the fitness game is on your list this year, start by eliminating potential mental roadblocks that prevent you from making exercise a part of your lifestyle.
3 Things You Need to Stop Telling Yourself About Exercise in 2016
We gotta be real with you: Being active is a necessary part of a healthy life. That doesn’t mean you need to go to fancy spin classes or start a daily 90-minute yoga practice, but you have to move. It may not feel amazing at first, but it gets better. So much better. Inside and out.
But to get to that place where you crave that weekly group fitness class or start waking up earlier for a morning power walk, you have to let go of the mental hurdles that keep you from working on excellence. Start with these 3 things you need to stop telling yourself about exercise, because no matter what your goals or desires, negative self-talk does not serve you.
#1 I’m not a workout person…
You may not be a long distance runner or yogi, but maybe you’re a cardio dance queen or power walker? There are many different workouts, group fitness classes, and activities you can do on your own time to improve your health, so don’t sell yourself short by believing you have to fit into some preconceived notion of fitness.
#2 I’m too out of shape…
If you’re coming back from an injury, illness, or condition, you should consult with your doctor first, but if you’ve just been a little more lethargic than you use to be a few years ago, don’t be afraid to dip your toes into the exercise pool. If you want to try a group fitness or yoga class, set yourself up for success by following these simple tips:
- Get there early and let the instructor know you’re new or making a comeback
- Hydrate before and after your sweat session
- Sometimes the hardest part is just showing up for the class, so be proud of yourself for doing that. But also don’t be afraid to push it, because you might as well make it a workout.
#3 I’ll look like a newbie…
Yes, we all look ridiculous at least once during a workout. Just know that you’re most likely surrounded by people who are too busy doing that crazy interval, trying to get the choreography or twist into that yoga pose themselves to pay too much attention to you. If they are, maybe it’s because you’re doing something right. Need more inspiration? Check out these reasons why it’s awesome to be a fitness newbie.
Whatever you want to accomplish. This is your year. This is your Mira. Do You 2016.
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