At the beginning of this year, I decided that one of my fitness goals would be to run in a couple of 5k’s. I will be honest when I say that I haven’t accomplished that goal as of yet however I did walk in a 5K in May for the Sharon’s Walk/Run/Ride for Epilepsy. I am ashamed to admit that I was never a fan of walking considering I did a lot of it when I was in my teen years as that was my only method of getting from place to the other. I am so excited to tell you all that this Saturday, I am in participating in my first 5k which happens to be the infamous Color Run! I am so excited. I will be sure to post pictures when I get home.
Just like everyone else and their New Year resolutions, I started the year off great and I was exercising consistently. I have myself to blame for putting a stop to my fitness grind for a little while. Unfortunately recent events have proven that life really is too short. It is time for everyone to take their health more seriously and to make the appropriate lifestyle changes if needed.
Rewind back to a few months ago, I decided that I wasn’t going to allow myself to make any more excuses. I purchased a Fitbit so that I can start keeping track of my steps while walking, my sleeping patterns and overall fitness activities. I also have the Polar watch and chest strap to monitor my heart rate while exercising. My new motto: any workout is better than no workout. So with that said, for several weekends, before I went to sleep on each Saturday night, I put my workout clothes on my dresser, gathered my sneakers, Ipod, and sunglasses, and I went to sleep early.
I woke up at my usual 6 a.m., got dressed and by 8:30am I was parking my car at our nearby beach which is only about one mile from my house. I stretched for a few minutes and I started off by walking for about 15 minutes. I gradually started jogging and I made several landmark goals for myself. I would run by as many utility poles as I could and then I would walk for that same amount of time and then I would run further and walk again. I continued this pattern until I reached three miles. Each time, I would beat my time by a minute.
Most recently, I ran on my treadmill and I was able to run consistently for more than a half mile at a time. I still walked intermittently but I pushed myself to run more. Overall, I remained in the same time range and I was okay with that. I have to say that I impressed myself when I realized that I did it just a little over 45 minutes. Each weekend, I felt great afterwards and was so happy that I accomplished what I set out to do. I am going to get back in the habit of getting on the treadmill and I will continue to improve on my strength, time and distance. It’s not easy to get back into a routine but I have a wonderful and motivating support system so that definitely makes it easy.
What are your favorite exercises / fitness methods? What motivates you? Do you lack motivation or support from others? I found the following great motivational quotes on Pinterest:
- “You’ve always been beautiful. Now you’re just deciding to be healthier, fitter, faster and stronger. Remember that!”
- “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started!“
- “I’m doing this for me!”
- “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.”
- “Your fitness is 100% mental. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it.”
Tip: Look up fitness motivation on Pinterest, find a picture / quote that applies to you and set it as the wallpaper on your phone to serve as a constant reminder as to why you started this journey!
**Don’t forget, it is best to exercise when you are wearing the appropriate workout essentials (sports bras, running shorts, athletic pants, and the proper sneakers). If you are in need of some new workout clothes, make sure to check out my blog post which explains the best way to score some great deals on brand name workout apparel.
Leave me a comment and let me know what motivates you to work out? What are your favorite exercises / fitness routine?
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