I have let the fact that i’m “too busy” and “too tired” eliminate the chance of me starting a workout routine for way too many years. Seriously. If I had a $1 for every single time i said those excuses to blow off a workout I would be crazy rich. It’s actually sad to think about now because I know I’ve let myself down because of it. I have let my body weight fluctuate rapidly, I have fed my body food that has 0 nutrients more times than I can count, I haven’t truly pushed my body’s limits in years. Would I treat my friends like that? Would I blow off my friends for being “too tired or busy”? Absolutely not. So, I finally took the motivation and determination I have had for years hidden deep in my soul to finally create a workout routine. So far I have done it for over a month! Which is actually big for me. Sad, I know.
Now, I have to remind you I am just starting out. I am literally starting from square one. Maybe even square -35 if that’s possible. I wanted to workout at least 3 times a week so that I was actually gaining the benefits of working out but not necessarily burning myself out and projecting myself into failure. My workouts usually last somewhere between 30 – 60 minutes depending on!
I workout MWF in the afternoon usually. Luckily, my boyfriend accompanies me so I usually never have an excuse not to go! I used to like to workout in the morning but I have found that I actually prefer slow and productive mornings inside my home much better! I love sleeping 8 hours, getting up slowly to drink my coffee and read a chapter of a book, and taking my time to do my makeup. I also know that I am not someone who can workout in the late evenings as I would for sure put it off because who wants to workout after supper when they’re all checked out for the day? Not me.
Each workout starts with the same 20-25 minutes of cardio. I switch it up between the treadmill, elliptical, and bike each time depending on what my body feels like doing. That’s a big tip: listen to your body. If your body is telling you it doesn’t want to run today, don’t. Walk on incline instead! Go swimming! There are so many different types of workouts that you don’t have to bore your body with the same things over and over again. If you start to force your body to do certain workouts when it doesn’t want to it might start to hate it even more, don’t do that to yourself. For the cardio, I usually change up my incline and pace throughout just so my heart-rate is changing. I’m not a runner so I try to get my heart rate up other ways! This is the time when I like to catch up on my YouTube videos as well! Makes the time go by much faster!
Then I go into the martial arts room to finish the rest of the workout. Each day depends but I always end with working out my arms, abs, or legs. I usually pick 3-6 exercises that I want to work with and do 3 sets of 10-20. I usually like to do them back to back with no rest in between because I feel like it benefits me more and it doesn’t take as long!
When I’m done with those exercises I usually stretch for a good 10 minutes or so. It’s so important to stretch after a workout to make sure your muscles are good to go. I do a ton of different exercises for each muscle group and then a few relaxing yoga poses to help me relax.
I know this doesn’t seem like much and I am definitely no health guru. Like I said I truly am starting from the beginning and I’m not trying to be anything I’m not. I am not writing this blog post to impress anyone, I’m just being real. Hopefully, if you were like me and letting excuses dictate your life, this blog post might motivate you to start! Let me know if you’ve started working out, have been working out for months, or have worked out your entire life and what you do! Let’s keep each other on track!