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How to Create a Workout Routine that You Actually Enjoy

it's Monday // June 13th, 2016

The phrase “I need to work out” is almost as bad as the phrase “I need to see a dentist”. Wait no – no it’s not at all. And if you genuinely think it is, then you really need to read this post. Or you may just be one of those people who love the dentist. I was that person right up until I had my first root canal procedure. Anyway, here’s how I’ve created a workout routine that I absolutely love.


My Workout Kick + The Pitfalls

I’ve been on a sort of workout kick for a couple of years now, and really started “getting into it” over the past 6 – 8 months. I’ve tried a number of different things ranging from a gym membership to at home ab workout challenges and felt like they’ve all just fallen short for some reason or another…

The gym membership was seemingly great… endless equipment and only $10 / month for both my husband and I… but in reality it was the worst.

First off, I don’t possess the personality type of a “gym rat”, nor do I necessarily feel comfortable around grunting men in extremely, uncomfortably tight pants. Oh! And don’t even get me started on all of the people who go to the gym to just “hang out”.

Listen.

I want to get in and out as fast as possible. It’s now 9 at night – I still need to go to the grocery store, put gas in my car, do the dishes AND get some client work done. Get out of my way. Stop texting and flexing and not actually using the machine you’re sitting at. And ladies, stop taking selfies. I mean, why are you wearing makeup at the gym anyway? Think about your pores girl.

End rant.

As far as the fitness challenges go, I did enjoy those for awhile and I do think they are a great place to start. However, they didn’t feel substantial enough for me and what do I do when the challenge is over? Do I find a new challenge targeting a different part of my body? I’m magically in-shape forever so I can just stop working out? It’s a little to vague for my liking and I was getting bored – that’s a trend of mine.

Two things led me to where I am now – which is working out from the comfort of my own home: the Nike Training Club App + learning what the heck a HIIT workout is.


I LOVED the Nike Training Club App. It’s the perfect tool for dipping your toes in the fitness world and it really motivates you to stick with it. It’s a completely free iPhone / Android app that was created by Nike for women – sorry guys. The app itself is gorgeous and the quality is unmatched. Plus there are no annoying ads! The app tracks your progress and let’s you know when you’re kicking some serious butt.

The exercise library they’ve created is extensive and offers a great range of workout options for both beginners and experts. The workouts tell you how much time they will take to complete, anywhere from 10 minutes to 45 minutes, and how many calories you will burn. Each exercise within the workout has a corresponding video so you can see exactly how to do the moves.

Sometimes step by step instructions are a little too confusing. To avoid both a headache and an injury, it’s much better to watch someone actually doing it.

I highly recommend trying the Nike Training Club App if you’re not feeling your current workout routine or you’re new to this whole fitness thing.

 


Because of the Nike Club Training App I learned what a HIIT workout was and realized that was exactly what I wanted to be doing. HIIT workouts or “high intensity interval training” has the fitness industry buzzing because of its potential to torch maximum calories in a minimum amount of time. The idea is that you do short periods of all-out work followed by short periods of active rest to make the body work harder than it does during steady-state cardio – as defined by Google. 

Anything that uses the word torch as a verb in it’s descriptor is bound to be an interesting experience! I don’t want to be doing boring curls or squats! I want to be combining a number of different moves into one exercise that I can then form into a workout routine.

So, I found this amazing personal trainer named Carmen on Instagram, watched a couple of her videos and formed my own routine based off of hers. Her training style incorporates various techniques including Resistance Training, Calisthenics, and HIIT. Oh! And she adds more workout videos like every other day so I’m constantly changing it up and it’s so much fun. I actually look forward to working out.

Keep reading for my tips on how you can create a workout routine that you actually enjoy!


Start with the correct mindset.

If you start this whole fitness journey with a poor, hateful mindset – don’t even bother starting. Just go back to sitting on the couch consuming mass amounts of sugar because that’s way more fun – and less work.

Why did I start working out? My metabolism started to slow down when I hit 20… I sat stagnant in a chair looking at a computer for 8+ hours a day… I’ve always had difficulties opening jars by myself… but the main reason is, I wanted to wholeheartedly love my body. And the best part now? I find happiness in working out.

I struggle with anxiety and the thing that helps keep those crap feelings away is consistently working out. If I’m feeling stressed about anything or I feel stuck on a project, I exercise and I instantly feel renewed and motivated. My head is clear, and I can focus. It’s scientifically proven that working out releases endorphins in your brain that result in happy feelings. And you can totally tell. I love that.

When you feel good both mentally and physically, your entire outlook on life can change.

Get over the hump.

I wasn’t sure how to word that. By hump I mean… you really need to push through the first couple of weeks / workouts you do. Whether you’re just starting or you’ve taken a break for a while, getting over the hump can be so difficult. You’re not going to want to keep going, believe me. You’re going to be unmotivated, sore and hating it.

The morning after your first workout you’re probably going to regret it. Your body is going to tell you to never do it again (kind of like a hangover…  you know, I’m never drinking an entire bottle of Tennessee Fire again).

Just stretch it out, drink some water, eat a piece of chocolate and KEEP GOING. Don’t stop! I promise, it gets easier.

Patience, grasshopper.

Change doesn’t happen overnight! And anything that doesn’t require hard work isn’t really worth pursuing anyway. Is it?

No matter how awkward it is, take some before and after selfies! When you’re feeling discouraged, like you’re not getting anywhere, look at them. Look how far you’ve come, girl! Looking at the tiny twig arms I had two years ago compared to the somewhat defined biceps I have now is so inspirational and pushes me to keep going!

Yeah, it takes time. You better believe it does. But as long as you stick to it, change will happen and you will continue to loose the weight, you will continue to create muscle definition and you will continue to feel better about yourself!  ✨

Change it up if you’re bored.

Working out shouldn’t be a chore. If you’re bored then you need to change something. I changed my workout routine 5+ times and I’ll probably change it again! It’s okay. Just don’t stop exploring and don’t give up.

Tired of cardio? Do some pilates. Tired of weight lifting? Try some yoga. There is something for everyone, you just have to find what you enjoy most.


 

Not only can I open pickle jars by myself now, I love the way I look. Working out is helping me become a more confident women, something I’ve always struggled with.

Embark on this fitness journey for yourself, because your mind, body and soul deserve it.

I’ll be writing more posts like this because healthy habits are becoming a big part of my life and I’d absolutely love to share my progress and what I’ve learned along the way with you.

What healthy habits are a big part of your life?

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