Getting back into your health routine can be a pain in the butt. But, you really never regret it. Once you get yourself to the gym and start eating healthy you feel good as new ~ getting there is the hard part. Since I’ve moved into my new apartment complex, working out has come easier than normal. The apartment I live in has a tremendous gym that’s a 10 minute walk away. And, I’m able to establish a more consistent health routine than that of a gym that’s 20 minutes away. (The excuses come easier.)
As I’ve been settling into my routine and testing new products, I wanted to share them all with you. For instance, finding motivation to workout through pre-workout that, in-turn, gives me anxiety. Here’s my weekly workout routine in addition to the products I like to utilize when working out.
Workout routines + tips
It takes time to figure out what works for you and your body. If you haven’t started out your health journey, it will take trial and error. A keto diet may work from some people, but it may not work for you. In my case, I tried intermittent fasting. Even though I think it works for me from time to time, I don’t think it’s sustainable for my lifestyle. A while back, I wrote a whole post on intermittent fasting, why I do it, and how. But, I don’t do it as frequently as I used too.
When starting out fresh, getting my butt back in shape, I like to ask myself a series of questions. And, I recommend that y’all do too! Let’s do it together:
1. Are you fully taking care of your body?
Start out with the basics. Your body most likely won’t be healthy just by working out. It will be healthier, but it may not be where you want it to be. Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you getting enough sleep at night?
- Are you drinking enough water a day?
- Do you feel malnourished or defeated daily?
The list goes on. If you’re feeling off in any way, I recommend visiting your doctor to run through standard exams. If you’re feeling low on energy, you may need supplemental vitamin b more than you do your favorite coffee. Nonetheless, take care of your body so it can take of you!
2. When do you like to workout?
Once you have your bases covered, dig into habits and routines that work for you. Do you like to workout in the morning or the evening? Or, do morning or evening workouts work best for your schedule? I know that I will most likely show up more to morning workouts, but evening workouts work best for me. I have more energy during my workouts and throughout the day when I wait to exert extensive energy. But, I used to be a morning workout person, so I can’t blame y’all that like early morning workouts.
Figure out what time works for you and put it in your calendar. For instance, the hour after you get off work is your workout hour. The second you log off work, you put on your workout attire and head to the gym for a sweat session. If you need an extra nudge to create this routine, read Atomic Habits. It entirely refreshed my daily way of thinking!
3. What workout style do you enjoy?
Do you like HIIT training, weight training, yoga, pilates, or even a random mix of everything? Or, do your workout sessions change with the seasons? I know mine change from time to time. There are times I’m super into yoga. Other times, I’m into weight lifting, running, or plain stretching. To find a workout routine that excites you to get out and sweat, try everything!
I suggest signing up for ClassPass to try different workouts in your area. ClassPass is a subscription platform that allows you to try out various workouts around you. Essentially, they give you “points” to spend at workout places. For example, you could spend 5 points going to a boxing class down your street and spend 3 points at your local yoga studio the next day. Depending on your subscription, they allot you a certain amount of points per month.
4. What meals can you swap out for better meals?
Most of us have certain meals that make us weak. Mine is a nice dish of pasta or freshly baked cookies. While you should indulge from time to time, it may not fit your health goals. If I were to eat my fav pasta dish everyday, I wouldn’t have the energy or motivation to hit the gym every night. I would feel weighed down and groggy. Instead, I look for alternatives.
I swap out my regular pasta dish for zucchini pasta, black bean pasta, or quinoa. In addition, I limit my intake. Maybe I’ll eat *healthy* pasta a few times a week instead of a regular pasta every day. That way, I’m not restricting myself, but I’m also not doing the worst thing for my body. Consider swapping your unhealthy food choices for something a little cleaner! Pinterest is always a great starting point for healthy recipes.
5. What issues are you dealing with + what supps can help?
Over time, if you ever deal with health issues, I highly suggest visiting your doctor. A while back, I started to feel a little off. I was gaining weight rapidly, couldn’t stop eating, and felt weirder than normal. Yet, I thought I wasn’t pushing myself hard enough, so I worked out twice a day to avoid weight gain. Turns out, I had SIBO, which led to leaky gut, and then candida. It took years to come back from. The saddest part, was I thought I was crazy the whole time.
Through various blood tests, scans, and samples, I started my treatments. And supplements came in handy. For instance, I take vitamin B everyday for energy, magnesium and calcium for better sleep and digestion, and so much more. Talk with your doctor about what supps you should take, when, and for what to feel like your healthiest self.
If you’re just starting out your health journey, I’m so excited and happy for you! Keep in mind, all good things take time. It won’t happen overnight. But, you’ll be working towards your best self every day to be as healthy and happy as you can be. Here’s to your journey!