How To Make Time To Workout Even When You Feel Overwhelmed
You are constantly writing blog posts, editing videos, emailing brands for your payment - the list really doesn't end.
The nature of running a blog or being a creative influencer is taxing.
When it comes to caring for your body, you often fall by the wayside (EVEN if you are a wellness or healthy living blogger)
Every year, "GET FIT" is written at the top of your New Year's resolutions. You fill your Instagram feed with fit women for motivation yet you still struggle to make time for regular exercise. Literally anything can throw you off your fitness goals but at the end of the day, it's an excuse. Prioritizing your wellness is exactly that - making it a priority.
I understand that it an feel boring to a creative mind, but there are ways to get inspired to workout, even if you already feel overwhelmed. Fitness and wellness is an overall goal and should be about balance and flexibility (literally and figuratively).
Here are some easy tips to help you fit regular exercise into your schedule.
1. Don't Stress Out About IT
First things first: exercise will help you relieve stress when you are consistent, however if you become obsessed with missing a workout it will become harder to commit. Stress leads to more overwhelm and overwhelm leads to quitting. If you miss a workout, don't beat yourself up about it.
It's very easy to get discouraged when your main source of fitness inspiration are Instagram models who may or may not doctor their photos.
Remember that your journey is just that - your journey.
2. MAKE IT MANAGEABLE
When you see someone banging out a 285 lb deadlift, its easy to say "I can't do that".
Please do not compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter 5. It takes time to build up crazy lifts and strength.
You may not even be someone who wants to lift super heavy. Don't let Instagram make you feel like you have to deadlift 8 million pounds.
When you first get into working out, make sure your workout it manageable. A 3x weekly full body workout is a great place to start. When you start getting more comfortable, increase the amount of time you workout and split your muscle groups.
3. MAKE IT FUN
You hate lifting weights, but know its good for your body. At lease once a week, break up lifting with an exercise you find fun or unusual to keep active. Here are some ideas:
- Dancing (even if it means dancing like a fool in your room)
- Pole Dancing
- Aerial Yoga
- Rock Climbing
One of my favorite thing to do is learn choreography from You Tube or just freestyling to songs I love
WORK OUT AT HOME
Heading to the gym is not always the most convenient option. Add a home body weight or HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) routine to your rotation so that you can workout in your bedroom.
7. DON'T MAKE IT ABOUT AESTHETICS
Ok you can make it about aesthetics PARTIALLY, because having a round butt in your favorite jeans is totally appealing.
If you base your entire fitness goal on having a "bikini bod" it can quickly become draining because you are stressing out about fitting into something.
Focus on your mental clarity.
On feeling more energized.
Increasing your level of commitment and dedication.
Let aesthtics be secondary.
8. WORKOUT WHILE YOU WATCH TV
A Netflix Marathon is calling your name. It's totally ok to indulge, but you don't have to choose between a workout and a Game Of Thrones Marathon.
It's ok to indulge, but you can also use that time to get in a home workout. A really great workout that would keep you in front of the television is an arm workout with resistance bands.
You alone are in charge of your fitness goals.
You have to become resolute when it comes to mentally and physically feeling better.
Let me know in the comments which one of these tips you are going to try then share with your friends!