When you go from running 50 out of 52 weeks for four years straight to absolutely no work outs, your body is going to change. That’s why in 2018, I need to do something for myself and set some fitness goals.
I’ve talked about this before a bit, but I used to competitively run in high school for an amazing team. I was an All American, and was in great shape. Once I got to college, I knew I wanted to continue to run competitively but was struck by a knee injury and my college career came to a halt quickly. Since then, I’ve run quite a few half marathons, fell in love with SoulCycle and tried to go to a ton of classes at Equinox.
But I still haven’t found myself in a consistent work out routine since 2014.
I’ve been insanely lazy the last 3+ years, which has caused me to gain some weight, and make poor decisions when it comes to eating. I don’t have great eating habits, so I should at least be working out to help balance that out. I’m really bad with self control and motivation. But in 2018, I want to change that.
Yes, I know it’s super cliche to vow to change your ways in 2018, but something needs to be done.
Fitness Goals: Choose to be healthy
I need to be smarter when it comes to what I’m putting in my body. Instead of going straight of the chocolate, I should be adding more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I also want to limit my sodium intakes (ugh, Chipotle, you kill me) and processed sugar…I’m a sucker for sweets.
Get into a routine
This is probably going to be the toughest, yet most important thing I can do for myself in 2018. I used to go to Soulcycle 4-5 times a week. Aside from my time as a runner, this was probably the strongest I’ve felt. When I got my Equinox membership, I would wake up at 5AM and go to a class with my sister. But I didn’t see the results I wanted, so I didn’t get into the routine. I cancelled my Equinox membership because I didn’t see the purpose of paying a lot more money than I should for a place I barely went to.
So 2018 is the year of routines.
Think about the end goal
For me, I don’t want to lose a ton of weight. Maybe 5-10 pounds at most. But I really want to tone my body. I just want to feel and look stronger. That’s why I’m very into Pilates and Barre classes! But I still need to remember how important cardio is when it comes to leaning and toning muscles.
Find what you like
I recently signed up for ClassPass (I know people have a love/hate relationship with it), and I’m really liking it. I like that it’s allowing me to try many different classes. I’ve been really into Pilates lately, so I tried out two new studios: Flex Studios and BK Pilates – loved them both. I like that you can switch plans every month, this way you can try as many or as little studios as you’d like. And of course, I’m going to get back into SoulCycle. Every time I go, I’m reminded why I love it so much. So I’m hoping to go 3 times a week + 1 additional class (Pilates, Barre, TRX, something).
Fitness goals can be as easy or as hard as you make them. But no matter what, they’re always challenging to get into a good frame of mind and JUST DO IT. What are some of your favorite workouts (bonus points if you’re in NYC and can recommend awesome places for me to try), and how to do you motivate yourself to workout and reach your fitness goals?
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