Belong: Feeling Your Best in the Middle of Your Fitness Journey
Whether you’ve been working out for a few years or just a few months, you will reach a point where you feel like you are struggling to reach your fitness relationship goals. No matter what those goals may be, staying on course when you get stuck in a rut will be one of your biggest challenges. If you’re trying to lose weight, get back in shape, tone up, or just get stronger, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you know you have a long road ahead. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to keep your motivation high and soar past those milestones. After all, strengthening women is what we are all about at Curves!
Here are some health and exercise tips for staying motivated when you feel like you’re stuck on the road to fitness:
Track your progress
It’s easy to get frustrated with yourself when you feel like you aren’t getting the same results as when you first started your workout plan. Get into the habit of tracking your fitness progress so you can see how far you have come. You can do this with your Curves Coach at your monthly coaching session or do it yourself with photos at home. Remember that the health benefits of exercise start with your first step, so even some progress counts!
Change things up
Just like your mind can get bored with the same exercise routine over and over, your muscles can get tired of repetition, too. Why not try something new to challenge yourself? Curves has specialty fitness classes for you to challenge every part of your body. From your arms, core and legs to balance and boxing, there’s a Curves fitness class for you. All of these classes will help you get in shape and build your skills week after week.
Buy new gym clothes
Even if you aren’t at your ideal size, keep yourself motivated to stay the course by buying new activewear. A few new pairs of stylish workout leggings or comfortable, flattering women’s workout shirts could be just what you need to get that weight loss motivation back so that you can stick to your workout plan. If you have already dropped a size, even better! Reward yourself with some new gym clothes and continue on your journey in style.
Create a new set of goals
Maybe the fitness relationship goals you had at the beginning of your journey aren’t as motivating as they once were. Remember you can always adjust and change your course as you go, so don’t be afraid to revisit the goals you had a few months ago and set your sights on something even bigger and better! This is an easy way to get out of a rut and shift your focus and energy to something that you truly feel is worthwhile.
Bring a friend
Enlist a friend to work out with you at least once a week to keep yourself motivated and enthusiastic about your exercise plan. A workout partner can help you push through those more intense full body workouts and provide support and encouragement when you need it. Meeting a friend at Curves can help you stay on course and help you support fitness and mental health at the same time. Exercising with a friend also supports one of the biggest missions at Curves—to give each other the fitness motivation we all deserve. So, think about inviting someone you care about who is also thinking of starting a workout plan to Curves, so she can take control of her future. After all, if we each bring just one new person to Curves, together we will help change the lives of TENS OF THOUSANDS of women. In turn, these women can then become healthy role models and inspire many more people around them as well. So, make it your mission to partner with Curves over the next 30 days to help someone you know and love to live a healthier, stronger life.