Maybe you’ve caught onto the fact that I enjoy working out (see this, this, this or this post) for me personally it’s a stress reliever, a mind clearer and so much more but most importantly? It’s that sense of accomplishment that I feel after whatever workout it is that I’ve just done … even the mediocre ones (hey, at least I went right?)
However, as with all things, even though I actually enjoy hitting the gym and doing different classes does not mean that I don’t experience the same struggles as everyone else. I’m not always motivated to go or I simply don’t have the time, most ridiculous excuse there is according to a friend of mine who happens to be a spin instructor. Per said friend who will remain anonymous, “you make time for the things that are important to you.” So I’ve pulled together the things that get me moving.
Schedule it – My schedule is all over the place so it’s rare that I can go at the same time every day but just as I do with meals, I evaluate my schedule on Sunday and mark down what class I’m going to or what time I want to go to the gym. If it’s on the schedule, I’m going.
Really struggling? I have a standing Barre Burn date with my friend every Tuesday morning, we hold each other accountable and don’t want to let the other one down, it’s a guaranteed workout and bonus is that we can catch up not over a cocktail!
Change it up – I get bored real quick with the same routine, the same run and the same class all the time so I am constantly trying new things out. For my runs I do intervals, which I became addicted to thanks to Barry’s Bootcamp! Hit the gym at different times of the day, this will give you a chance to try out new machines or take over an actual area and do a workout you’ve seen online (this has been my go to as of late). I can’t stress enough about trying new classes, I’m loving Cyc, City Row, Model Fit and my go-to for a good ass kicking is Barry’s.
Have a goal – The goal doesn’t have to be ‘get ready for bikini season’ but make a goal for yourself. For me it’s pretty simple, the end goal is to feel good.
Treat yourself – Look, I know, it might not be a rich chocolate dessert but cute active wear is a big enough treat for me. Not to mention if you feel good going to the gym imagine how great you’ll feel leaving that workout, yoga, Pilates or barre class. Which is why I’ve partnered with Peony, their newest collection of chic leggings and luxe tees, all of which allow you to express your individuality in and out of the gym. Exclusive discount for II readers: Get $25 off a $150 order from Peony using code: ASHLEYNII25