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Follow your "Fitness Sense" and be Consistent with Your Exercise

 

Have you ever wondered why you can lose your motivation or have trouble consistently exercising? I see so many women get excited when they begin a new program, yet quickly give up when it becomes a struggle to make it work with everything else in their life.

 

If that has happened to you, it could be that you are not following your own fitness sense. Does this sound odd?  Think of this way.  If you like fashion or dressing in the latest styles, you may look to see what is hot and trendy each season, but no matter the trend, you want to be comfortable with who are and follow your own fashion sense. Fashion experts will tell you to look at the latest styles and trends, but use your own creativity to develop your own style and stay true to who you are as a woman.  

 To stay consistent and get the results you want in your body and fitness, there are certain “guidelines” to follow just as there are trends in fashion, but you have to find what works for you.

 Right after I turned 30, I decided I was going to become a really strong swimmer, actually just a swimmer, not necessarily strong. Next year I will turn 40 and it has yet to happen. Spending the time I would need to be a strong swimmer does not make sense for me at this time in my life.  I know I would see amazing benefits, but I just don’t have the time or desire to make it work right now. Instead to be consistent with my exercise, I had to sit down and evaluate the time I did have and develop a plan to make that time count to achieve my desired results.

 I see so many women struggling to follow the latest fitness trends or do what someone else is doing to look a certain way. Yet, wonder why they are not motivated and have no discipline to stick with it. It may be that it simply does not make sense for their lifestyle.  If you find that you are getting stuck, see if this helps.

  • Choose Something That You Like to Do

Who cares if your girlfriends are getting up at 5 each morning to run 3 miles?  If you are a night person and hate running, you may see results for a short time,    but eventually quit because it does not make sense for you.

  • Develop a program according to your goals and daily schedule

Before kids, I worked out 1.5 hours 6 days a week.  If I thought I had to follow that same schedule now, exercise would never happen and I would feel like a failure. I’m thankful when I get four days a week and have learned to get the results I want in 30-45 minutes. I had to accept that what worked at that particular time in my life does not make sense right now.

 My sister Heather who is my personal fashion consultant, teaches me to design my wardroom by looking at the latest trends, but not to spend my entire budget on things that will only be a trend for a short season.  I need to spend my time and money on classic pieces that will carry me for a long time.  To look and feel my best, I have to blend the latest trends with what makes me feel comfortable and reflect who I am.

 We have to do the same when designing an exercise plan.  Changing things up is good to get past a plateau and renew our motivation; but to be consistent, we have to find what we are comfortable with and make it work for our lifestyle.

 If you have struggled to actually find a plan that works for you, I can help. With my

Clear Design package, I work one-on-one with women to give them a personalized fitness and food design for their own unique lifestyle.  I want to offer you, as a follower of Created Woman, a free telephone consultation to receive a fitness and food design for your busy lifestyle.

To learn more about this service and how you can benefit regardless of your geographic location, go to my website, which is developing, so be sure to follow. http://yourfitnessdesigner.com/Services.html

 

Be SMART!

Make your goals stick this year with a specific plan. As busy women, often times, we begin the year with Resolutions by only stating our desired outcomes.  We know what we want as the end result such as complete a 5K, lose 10 lbs, or eat healthier. What we can sometimes fail to do is to have a plan of action on how to get there. Research suggests that 50% of persons starting an exercise program will drop out within the first 6 months.  It can happen because we have become overwhelmed with what we want to accomplish and make no changes in our current schedule or routine to making lasting results.  Instead, we as “more than conquerors,” decide to add more and more to our plate, without taking anything off.  Sound familiar? When writing your resolutions and goals for the year, ask yourself if they are: SMART SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACTIONED BASED, REALISTIC and TIME BOUND.

You goal should be Specific in describing a plan to attain your desired results? Instead of saying, I am going to start exercising and eating healthier, get very specific about how that looks to you.

For example:

I will exercise for 30 minutes three days a week.

I will exercise 5 days a week for 20 minutes.

I will decrease my fast food intake from 4x to 2x each week.

I will eat 2 fruits a day.

Often times, we say, I am going to start taking better care of myself or I am going to have more time for myself and God.  The question is “how will you know you are taking better care of yourself”

Write your goals stating how you will Measure your success?

For example:

This year, I will be taking better care of myself, by attending one yoga class a week

I will have quiet time with God by getting up 30 minutes earlier than my normal routine 3days a week.

To get results, we need to know what Actions we will take go get us there. If you are determined this year to decrease your blood pressure or cholesterol or to lose a pant size, your goal needs to be action based.

For example,

To decrease my cholesterol, I will decrease my fried food from 3x per week to 1x per week

To lose one pant size I will decrease my calories by 500 a day.

Our actions and behaviors give us results. I believe knowing the action you will do to get the results is the most important component of a goal.

Side note: My personal goal this year is to avoid talking on the phone in my car by putting my purse and phone in the back seat.  (my action)

Are you being Realistic with yourself?  If you currently do not have time to exercise, having a goal to now exercise 5 days a week may be unrealistic, so change it to 3.  Set yourself up for success.  In order for you attain your goals, you need to have confidence that you can do them.  If you feel the goal itself can be obtained, such as five days of exercise, something else may need to change in your current lifestyle such as giving up another activity (TV, social time, a little sleep) to make it happen.

Try to make your goals be Time Bound.  In other words, it is easy to procrastinate if we have not given ourselves a personal deadline.

For example

I will run a 5K by June 1

I will walk three times a week by May 1.

When you put it into a plan that works for you, this year can be very different.  Remember:

“Next year, you will have wished you would have started today”