Anonymous asked: I'm currently planning a sleeve that I want to get in the next year, but I want to tighten up a bit first. How do you recommend getting into the workout routine? I love being healthy but I have never worked out steadily apart from running
here are the things that have worked best for me:
1. crossfit - having a trainer and someone programming the workouts and showing me what to do each day takes out all the guesswork that makes you feel self-conscious at the gym. i hate walking into a regular gym and feeling clueless or feeling like everyone is wondering what the fuck i’m doing over there in the corner. i’m currently in that boat right now and i’m so glad i have a base knowledge from having gone to crossfit for so long because it feels awkward as fuck!
2. sprints/interval style workouts rather than mid-pace cardio. i get bored and don’t want to do 45 minutes on a treadmill. it’s the worst. instead, i do high intensity, fast paced workouts that are over within 20 minutes usually. i can convince myself to do that but 45 minutes to an hour feels like such a drag. i’d way rather work harder for less time.
3. build it into your mandatory daily routine. i bring my workout clothes to work and go to the gym straight from there, even though my house is in between my work and my gym. if i were to stop home to get my gym clothes instead, i would probably only ever actually leave again like 50% of the time. i even LIKE to work out and i still constantly find excuses not to go. i started thinking of it as the end of my work day and make it part of what i have to do before i go home.
4. strength train! and tracking tangible gains. i keep a record of workouts i do, and then do the same ones a few weeks later and compare my times, lifts, etc. It’s a way better way to motivate yourself than stepping on a scale or something like that (which fluctuates almost arbitrarily depending on when you ate, if you’ve sweat a lot, if you’re on your period, if you’re on a different scale, if you gained muscle, etc). Doing a work out for time makes it feel like a game and it gives you a motivator to help you push yourself. If I don’t have something to work against (like timing my work out, or seeing how many rounds I can do within a set time) I never push myself very hard and don’t feel like I’ve made the most of my time at the gym. at the gym, i do “travel wods.” google them!
5. try different things! a lot of it just depends on finding something you like and that works for you. it’s really different from person to person. i hate running but am totally down to do other cardio stuff or weight training stuff (like tons of squats, or burpees, or jumprope or kettlebell swings, for instance). try out different things and see what works for you. mix it up! i do a different thing every day so it doesn’t feel monotonous.
6. also, it just takes work and consistency. it’s stiiiiiiilll hard for me and i’ve been actively into fitness for 4+ years at this point. before that, i was totally in the same spot you are. you just have to decide to be a person that is committed to it, and then honor your decision.
i’m excited for you to get into fitness because it feels awesome to be doing something really good for yourself. if you feel like you want to tighten up before getting your sleeve, that’s 100% okay and real, but i’m sure it would look bangin either way. best of luck.