It’s one year since my resolution “Have fun when working out.” Resolutions, like lose weight, get toned and avoid junk food, don’t work for me. Trainers and health experts have told me I need to be more specific to reach my goals, but saying things like, “I need to lose 10 pounds,” “I need to fit in to a size 6,” or “I won’t eat chocolate” still don’t motivate me. However, this type of goal-setting does work for many people (which is exactly why I write these type of how-to stories in Glow’s health pages).
At the end of 2014, Eva Redpath, Canada’s master trainer for Nike, told me I wasn’t alone and that boredom is a big challenge for many. “Doing the same thing over and over again is the reason you plateau and become unmotivated,” she said.
With that in mind, Eva told me to do this:
- Create fitness buckets that you have to fill each week. Say you want to work out five days a week (which was my specific goal), choose any five of these:
- free workout, like a run or a complimentary class (no one says you have to sign up for a membership)
- dance workout, like zumba or ballet app workout, like NTC or Bodylogix
- zen workout, like hatha or restorative yoga
- a HIIT workout, with a trainer, online or a DVD
- drop-in workout, which are sometimes offered new gyms or fitness studios
- cardio workout, like running or spinning
- fit date, instead of drinks, do something physical like skating or tennis
And it worked great! I was armed to create a program that had me falling in love with the process of reaching my resolution, instead of anxiously waiting for results. It’s just like when I was a kid. Eva transformed my thinking about working out. And about mid-way through 2015, my resolution evolved into “Don’t say no to a workout, unless I physically can’t do it.” I no longer had an issue of getting motivated, and I found that I just needed to change how I created excuses not to workout. So for the rest of the year, I’m happy to say that I worked out upwards of six days a week, and when there were weeks I had no time for a sesh, I didn’t sweat it. And when my friends got word of this, they took full advantage, asking me to join them in races and run clubs. (I’m NOT a runner, so this is a huge feat!)
So, I haven’t weighed myself to see if there’s any difference. But I can see it. My stomach is flat (!!!!!), my arms are are the tightest they’ve ever been and I’m pretty confident in taking a #fromwhereIstand selfie. I know I’m much more fit than I was when I started my fun revolution resolution. I’d even argue that I, myself, am more fun.
So what’s next? I’m taking part in Nike’s 21 day challenge. Join me?