Have you, as so many other women, tried diet after diet that didn’t work? Have you started an exercise routine with full enthusiasm but then just stopped for one or another reason? Have you put up goals that you didn’t reach?
Everything that happens has something good in it, and may serve as good lessons which can make you stronger as you continue to stay motivated to get fit.
Encouraged to live healthy
In Islam you are encouraged to take the very best care of your body, mind and soul. You should take care of both your internal- and external appearance.
When you live a healthy lifestyle the body will be in good physical shape and function well, which gives you strength, good self-esteem, beauty and immunity to diseases. All these characteristics are needed for you in order to carry out your duties in this life.
Make your decision
Motivation to stay fit is closely linked to many other factors. But it first starts in the mind. First of all you need to make the decision, whether you want to change or not. Whether you want to live a healthy lifestyle or not. Frankly speaking.
Are you happy and satisfied about your lifestyle (eating habits, exercise routine, what your body looks like, relationships…), or do you want to change anything?
If you already find yourself to be in perfect health, that’s awesome, please keep it up!
If you don’t find yourself to be in great shape and health, make the decision now and here to make the change you want to see in yourself.
If you want to change your lifestyle, because you’re unhappy the way it currently is, just start. It’s not a satisfying feeling or peace from within to continue to eat donuts every day, even though you so badly want to get fit. It doesn’t really make sense. Honestly.
So get at peace with yourself ones and for all. Choose the middle path and a balanced way of life. Don’t go to any extremes, because that is difficult to maintain in the long run.
Take a decision. Start with something, start with small steps. Accept whatever is, start to change or remain where you are at.
What is your why?
What are the things driving you, why did you start in the first place and why do you continue? Write it down.
The reasons can be many such as that it is part of the perfect religion of Islam to be in good shape, eat moderately and healthy, to care about our appearance without going to extremes or being extravagant.
We need to be fit and energized in order to carry out all our duties as women. We want to do what we can to prevent diseases and we want to have energy for our family, children and people around us. We want to be good role models for our children and give them good education in terms of health, food and exercise as well.
Another reason can be that you want to have more children, and for that you definitively needs strength, and perhaps you need to do rehab from a previous childbirth.
Additionally, the feeling of being fit and energized is just so awesome, that we shouldn’t want to be without it!
Clear, visible goals
Goals are needed in order to know where to walk, and how to reach what you want to achieve. The mental process of knowing exactly what you want to achieve and when you want it to happen in shaa Allah, is really powerful and important.
If you only say “I need to start to exercise”, you haven’t yet made a clear goal.
Make your goal sunshine clear and a positive one, something that you really want to achieve because it’s important to you. Write it down and look at it every day.
When your goals are clear, you know what you need to do, and want to do, every single day in order to succeed.
Remind yourself of your goals every day by looking at them, this will help you the days when you just don’t feel like working out (if it might happen) or when you get busy with all sorts of things. Goals are crucial!
When you eat proper food, free from bad fats, too much carbohydrates and sugar you’ll start to feel so much better.
The food matters so much to our health and the results we gain from our workout.
Therefore, make it a positive circle of good food + beneficial exercise = good and desired results.
It’s about you
Make your goals realistic and start from where you are at. Compare only to yourself.
All individuals are different and we have different medical- and exercise history, not to say different lifestyles and circumstances.
What is important to you, and how can you start your own exercise routine nice and easy?
If you for example never done any exercise before, or haven’t done any exercise since ages, it might not be the right thing to start a high impact jumping class.
If you are a new mum; did you do pelvic floor exercises after you gave birth and how is your core stability now?
Start from where you are at and compare only to yourself.
Make it convenient and manageable
Do what works!
The daily life is normally quit packed with all various duties and things you want to do; so you need to make your workout easy and convenient without taking hours from your already busy schedule.
It simply needs to be something that doesn’t add more stress, rather it should be something manageable in every-day life.
If you live close to a nice quality (i.e. opportunities for strength training too, not only cardio equipment) Ladies only facility, consider to sign up if you are able.
But if you don’t have any gym nearby or you have younger kids; consider establish an exercise routine at home, which can be awesome too!
Make it convenient and manageable from today onwards.
I love my agenda and whiteboard! Write things down and keep it visible!
Schedule your workouts with days and time, because then it’s more likely that you will do it!
You will hopefully feel more serious and accountable about it. But stay flexible too, open to reschedule, rather than cancelling. Scenarios that may happen to anyone, business woman or mother.
Without any schedule or commitment however, it’s more likely that you “escape” and you wont do what you actually want in a way because of excuse x, z, y reason… So make your schedule in Shaa Allah.
3 times a week can be great by the way, the important is the habits you build over a long period of time. That is what gives you motivation and results, compared to hours of exercise and powder diets for few days or weeks.
Consistency is the key, in so many aspects.
A clear program for each session
You also need to know what your plan is.
What are your goals, what are the results you are looking for?
To just buy a membership card in a Spa and attend a group training class here and there isn’t that beneficial.
Check back in on why you started a healthy lifestyle initially, what your goals are, what the results are that you like to achieve and do the exercise needed to reach those objectives.
Invest in good clothes
A good quality and supportive sports-bra that holds everything in where it should be, so you don’t even think about it during your sessions, is very comfortable.
Sports-bra and shoes are the most important items.
A good quality product might be more pricy, but most of the time the quality is way better and will last for longer.
If you choose to exercise at home, you’ll also need to invest in few pieces of equipment, depending on your chosen type of exercise.
There are however many exercise programs you can do with only your own body-weight too!
Track your progress
I like to write and keep things noted down.
I recommend you to have your book, or whatever works best for you, to track your progress.
What was your health concerns when you started, weight, measure around your waist, energy level and so on.
What inspires you?
Perhaps sign up for newsletters containing good recipes or fitness motivation, be in a community of fit women, or learn more about cooking.
Read what helps- and motivates you, and surround yourself with positive and encouraging people.
Go for a massage once in a while!
Have a list of your little treats that you appreciate and reward you occasionally in order to boost your energy and eagerness to continue.
We all need to refuel our energy, and balance between giving to others and giving to ourselves.
A reward can be something free and simple too; such as a picnic breakfast in the forest with your beloved ones or walking by the sea.
Sometimes we need that extra support and push in the right direction.
Sometimes we want to be even more serious about our goals and start stronger and reach our goals faster. Then a Personal Trainer or Health Coach can be of extreme help and support, because you get a personalized program and full attention.
The PT or Health Coach will not do the job for you, but it can be truly inspiring and beneficial on your fitness journey and it may increase the feeling of accountability.
What are your best ways to stay motivated to get fit? Would love to hear from you, welcome to post your comments below or send me an email.