Fitspo: Exercising/ Motivation

All of us are busy bees. Buzz buzz. We all have so much on our plates. Jobs, college, kids, rent, responsibilities galore!! Many of my coworkers have multiple jobs, and with school beginning soon, there is so much stress. 

I experience this personally. What 19-early 20 year olds don’t? We are constantly running around trying to get ahead in life. But we aren’t ACTUALLY running. 

Freshman 15 (pounds that is) packs on, we load up on the sugary coffee, the fast food in between classes or shifts, and do what we can to stay awake. How then, do we stay healthy? How do we keep track of it all? 

A healthier lifestyle, while maintaining a pretty good cash flow, a decent sleep schedule, a fashionable look, and an above average social life, has been a goal of mine. I’ve finally found a pretty good pace for me to move at without feeling like a walking zombie. 

Last Friday, the post before this one (got a little distracted with the 4th of July holiday) I wrote about Intermittent fasting. Basically, it’s a dieting technique that’s great for beginners. Along with dieting and documenting my food, I have also been trying to exercise on a regular basis. 

It is so hard to get started. You think to yourself “I’m already SO busy, and I’m pretty healthy as it is.” You’re lying. I would tell myself I’m fine, and then something would happen to prove I’m basically not. Here’s what you gotta do:

1) Sneak it into your schedule. 

Even if it’s as minimal as possible. Even if it’s not even the muscles you want to work on. Feel the burn somewhere. I personally like to do squats whenever I’m not in the right area to do crunches or cardio. I will literally do a few squats in the restroom, shower, while I brush my hair or whatever. It’s an easy exercise to do. Just a simple way to get started. 

2) Carve out your free time. 

Another good thing to do is figure out when you have free time. Do you have more leisure time before work, or do you have more after work? How long is this free time? For me, I usually have 5 minutes free time before going into work. I always seem to estimate 5 minutes too long. This is when I do a few crunches, just to get a little exercising into my day. 

3) Ultilize yourself. 

I am not a morning person. I like to sleep in. So if I’m already not a morning person just to be lazy, I am definitely not going to become a morning person just to work out. This means I work out at night. Even if I just get off work, even if I already took a shower that morning, even if it’s the weekend, even if I’m tired af. Utilizing myself when I am most comfortable. That’s the easiest way. 

4) Pep Talk

This is a necessity. This applies to daily life, but it’s also a good tip for exercising. People could tell you everyday you can do it, but if you tell yourself the opposite, you’ll do the opposite. 

I try to challenge myself as I exercise. If before I start I tell myself I’m gonna do 15 squats I’ll then make my goal of 15, then try to do 20 or 25. I do this with all the different exercises I do. I’ve gotten up to 30 with each set I do before feeling sore. This makes me feel like I accomplished my goals, and did extra. Major confidence boost. 

You can do whatever you set your mind to. For whatever reason you’re trying to be healthier, it is totally worth it. You will see results, and you will thank yourself for it. 

5) You are Beautiful or Handsome anyways. 

Many people go on this journey thinking they aren’t good looking enough as it is. If exercising will give you the confidence you want, go for it. That’s what inspired me in the first place. But throughout this process I keep checking my reflection. Seeing changes definitely makes me happy, but I mainly just want my body to be healthier and take better care of it. 

Thank you so much for reading. I know there’s a lot of pressure out there to have a summer body, and constant pressure to look perfect anyways. But if you do in this for yourself, the rewards will be priceless. You’ll notice a difference, not only physically but mentally as well. 

Until next time, peace, 

Emma Katy

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