If you've been keeping up with my blog for a while you'd know I've gone through several fitness adventures, and every single time I never achieve what I hoped to out of them. But this year I've decided that rather than set a goal for a specific number on the scale or a pant size, I've set a new kind of goal.
In 2017 I want to learn how to love exercise. I want to be one of those people who looks forward to going on a run, or meeting their friend at a fitness class.
How Do I Plan to Learn to LOVE Exercise?!
Well, back in October I made the decision to give up soda. Aside from general health reasons, I gave up soda mostly to help my chronic migraine. I had attempted to give up soda probably 400x in the past and failed, but I've actually been successful this time. As someone who use to drink 3 or four sodas a day, I quit cold turkey and haven't had more than one sip of soda since.
I did this by following the mentality that it takes 21 days to break or make a habit. So that's how I'm going to start with exercise.
| STEP 1: Making the Habit |
I move back to campus on January 21st, and I will spend the next 21 days incorporating a form of exercise into my daily life. (That's only 3 weeks of daily exercise, I can do this!) After doing the Kayla Itsines Beach Body Guide, and really liking the weekly set up, I'm going to follow a similar schedule and do 2 or 3 days of just cardio and 2 or 3 days of strength training with 2 rest/restore days that I will fill with yoga or pilates.
| STEP 2: Finding What I Love |
As much as I love yoga and I tolerate the elliptical, those aren't really super motivating things. There are no great [free] yoga studios near my school, and my campus gym offers a very limiting number of yoga classes. BUT, they do offer a ton of other classes that I've always been to scared to try. SO, I'm taking a piece of advice from Shonda Rhimes book, Year of Yes, and I will be saying 'yes' more to new things this semester.
| STEP 3: Loving Exercise |
This is the part I'm excited for! I can't wait to start doing things with friends, and going to fitness classes and just having fun! I've always secretly wanted to be one of those girls and her friends who go shopping after they've been to a barre class. (ok, I'm a little weird.) And as a reward to myself for finding what I love I will invest in either a new Fitbit or and Apple Watch at the end of the semester if I can successfully accomplish this goal and know that I anticipate keeping up the habit.
Have you set any new fitness goals for 2017? And if you have any recommendations for fitness classes or fitness apps please let me know!!