We all get stuck in little workout ruts from time to time. You know those periods where you just need a little extra push or burst of inspiration to get yourself in gear and make your fitness a priority. The subzero temperatures and hefty snowfall certainly hasn’t helped matters, but regardless, all of the barre stars participating in our 20 in 30 Challenge have been crushing it. The BBS team has been sending out little bits of motivation via email to the challenge participants, but we thought all of our BBS members could use a dose this week. Here are our best strategies for staying passionate and committed to your goals, even during the most festive (and distracting) time of year. Feel free to share any tips of your own in the comments section and we hope to see you all soon for a healthy dose of pulse-pulse-plie!
Don't work out too hard, too fast: If you were over zealous with your goal understand that it is okay. It is better to scale down your workouts and do what you can do. Remember it is better to work out 2-3 days a week for life than to work out 6-7 days a week for a couple of weeks, every now and again. Consistency is key.
Schedule your workouts on your calendar as if they were any other important appointment: Scheduling your workouts will help you to balance your exercise program with family, work and social activities. You will have long term fitness success if you schedule fitness into your current lifestyle. A little is always better than NONE.
Stay off the scales:The number on the scale does not measure your strength or fitness. That is why we partnered with Natural Way Chiropractic to measure your body composition. As you lose fat and gain muscle, you will notice that your clothes fit looser but the scale might not shift all that much.
Choose a role model:Ask a Barre Body Studio instructor or other fitness professional for advice pertaining to how you can most effectively reach your goals.
Keep a fitness journal: Chart how you feel each day after a workout. Identify a shift in mood and energy. Record the progress you have made in terms of strength, cardio endurance and flexibility. Journaling your progress is a great tool that can help keep you inspired to stay committed even on off days.
Give yourself a little leeway: It is okay if you miss a workout. Setbacks are normal. The important thing is to be kind to yourself and to get back on track. The quicker you get back on track, the quicker you will reach your goals.