I am big on doing things that make your heart happy. I am also big on doing things that make your heart healthy.
If there is anything I am realizing from watching my friends hit their late 20’s and my parents hit their fifties it is that working out isn’t an option.
Forget the physical aspect of things (even though it is an incredible bonus)-working out will reap you the best benefits internally.
Yes your skin will look great, your abs will start to peak through and you will feel confident in your little black dress but there is so many more benefits.
Want to look younger longer? Work out.
Want to be one of those ninety year old people that can keep up with their grandkids? Work out.
Want to avoid having health issues that hold you back from living life to the fullest? Work out.
It is obvious that working out is a habit so in order to make it a part of your life you need to discover the secret to creating a healthy habit.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
Don’t make ridiculous expectations of yourself.
Haven’t worked out in five years? Don’t force yourself to go to the gym seven days a week. Look yourself in the mirror and say, this week I will work out ONE DAY. Get yourself to wherever your work out spot is for that one day and then get back to your mirror and say, I’m going to work out ONE DAY next week.
Have you ever tried to diet? At the beginning of the day it’s easy to eat a clean breakfast and lunch. Sometimes you can even pull off a healthy dinner but then what happens around 9pm? You’re hungry and you want more. You end up eating everything sweet in your cupboard and feeling terrible about yourself.
The same thing will happen if you force yourself to work out everyday right at the beginning of your Get-Fit-Journey.
You might get yourself to the gym three days in a row but that habit isn’t their yet. After a few days you’ll find yourself avoiding the gym at all costs, making excuses and most importantly not enjoying yourself.
The same applies for any habit that you would like to add into your routine. When you force something that you aren’t used to it has potential to cause the entirely opposite effect.
You want to approach this habit with a sense of self love and respect. You love yourself enough to push your boundaries and tell yourself that it’s time to add this to your life.
You also love yourself enough not to force yourself to do something that you don’t completely love (yet) seven days a week.
Take a look back on the habits in your life that you have created and notice the ones that have stuck. Were they the ones that you forced day in and day out even though you despised them?
Chances are it is the ones that might have started slow but have now become a happy part of your life.
Make your heart happy, inside and out. Tell yourself that seven days from today you will have done something physical that will help you in the long run.
You can do it!