“Strength doesn’t come from what you do. It comes from overcoming things you once thought you couldn’t.”

We are lucky to live in a world full of inspiration at the click of our fingertips. It is quite easy to find motivational quotes/people telling us to be the best version of ourselves. However, the real motivation we will ever need is already in us. Of course, I still encourage you to browse the interweb and find other things to get your passion going, but just know that by telling yourself “you can” is more effective than someone else telling you those same exact words.

Stick to a plan

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

So. True.

Without a plan, we would have no motive, no backup to rely on when our brain gets fogged with different ideas. By creating a workout schedule, you make a commitment to yourself by establishing when you are going to complete your fitness goals. Plus, it makes it easier to have everything already planned out for you rather than skipping your workout because you “didn’t know what to do”.

Plus, it makes it easier to have everything already planned out for you rather than skipping your workout because you “didn’t know what to do”.

My workout schedule is fairly simple and is something that works amazingly for me. I workout every weekday morning just before school to get my blood flowing and my heart inspired. I leave the weekends for me to relax and focus on assignments I need to finish in the next week.

Your schedule is most likely a lot different than mine, so observe what times of the day you have/need a break. Mornings are meant to be filled with positive and enlighting things, so look into how to become a morning person, and your whole fitness life just might be altered. Afternoons are meant for tranquility and motivation, so if you have a bit more time, look into before/after dinner runs or cardio sessions.

Accept the challenge

Personally, once I accept a challenge, I commit 110%. Treat everything you do as if it were your last time – aka, give it everything you have. About a year ago, whenever I would do cardio, I would have this tendency to skip a few steps or even quit if things got too difficult. I encourage to NOT quit during your workouts unless you feel extremely sick.

And when things do get challenging (because they will) tell yourself, “Okay two more reps of insert exercise here.” Once you finish the two reps, if you feel empowered and like a little bit of energy is still inside, try two more reps. Not only will you become super proud of yourself, but this extra push increases the muscle you already have. If you continue this strong cycle, there is no doubt that your strength will increase as you go on.

Add a little bit more everyday

Similar to pushing yourself during your workouts, I encourage you to add a little bit more to your workouts. If your routine is already challenging enough, you can add this step when you get stronger, but, this will help if you’re just starting out. When I started to incorporate a fitness routine into my day, I started with a simple ab routine and now, it’s a full 30-minute routine that exercises the entire body.

I suggest starting with something you want to challenge the most in your body, whether it is increasing arm muscle mass, strengthing thighs, etc. Make sure that you never get used to the same thing. ALWAYS give yourself a goal and soon, you will see the results you want. Just remain consistent and happy.

Find things you love

There’s nothing worse than feeling like your workout is just another task on your to-do list. You have to love your workout and actually feel good when you do it. It’s like when you hear that if you don’t participate in a job you love, you won’t give it your all and you won’t feel satisfied there.

Workouts are very much the same. If you’re not thriving off of your fitness routine, I suggest trying a new approach. It took me MONTHS to figure out how to become consistent and still enjoy my time.

There are so many fitness options out there.

The limit does not exist.

Seriously. You can find HIIT videos on YouTube, attend a Zumba class nearby, or even formulate your own at-home workout. Do not be afraid to challenge yourself with new opportunities! The more you know what works for you and what doesn’t, the more successful and joyful you’ll be on this journey.

Track your progress

I talk about journaling quite a bit on this blog, so this will only be an extra step in your daily journaling if you already do so. However, if you are not the journaling type, there are still ways to do this. For instance, you can write yourself short little notes after you finish a workout on your performance.

How many breaks did you need to take? What exercises still appeared to be a struggle? How can you improve that? What more can you add to your fitness routine?

Taking mirror selfies is another way to track process, but I prefer the mental sides of things. Mindsets are everything. Again, find what works for you and utilize it.

Finally, do whatever you have to do in order to love your workout time. If it becomes an annoyance or seems like a chore, evaluate what you are doing and how you can improve it to fit your lifestyle. As I mentioned, there are so many ways to work out – from hot yoga to at-home cardio, we all can find something fun and challenging for us to complete. Don’t be afraid to try new things and love this fitness journey of yours.

xx – Devynne