How to get into that Fit Girl mode?
The Fit Girl mode: the mode you are in when you are enjoying your workouts, eating healthy, and you just feel fit, motivated and happy. Fit Girls Shelley and Anna already wrote awesome pieces on how to become a Fit Girl and how to beat a fit dip, and because feeling like a Fit Girl is one of the best feelings there is, there can never be enough articles about this topic. So here are my favourite tips and tricks to get into that flow and to stay there!
– Set reasonable goals you can stick to. Setting ‘easy’ goals might seem soft, but this way you will feel like you can do it, and you will actually do it and feel good! If it’s been a while (or a lifetime) since you ran, it might not be easy for you to suddenly commit to running 3 times a week for 30 minutes. Start for example by committing to twice a week for at least 20 minutes. Don’t like running? Don’t run! Commit to a swim, a dancing class, a powerwalk, anything. Also in case you are quite fit but feeling a bit off lately, start with goals you can easily achieve. You will feel great afterwards and be back at your old routine in no time.
– Make short term plans. Try not to say to yourself ‘from now on I will always go to the gym 3 times a week’, but ‘for the upcoming two weeks I will be going to the gym 3 times a week’. Same goes for ‘I will never eat a bag of chips again’, replace it with ‘the upcoming week I will not eat chips’. It makes the commitment feel much more feasible.
– Surround yourself with positivity and motivation. Check what kind of accounts you are following on Instagram. Are there any positive accounts you could be following instead? What kind of motivation works for you is probably different than for me, but I noticed a big change when I stopped following most of the fitspo accounts. They often focus on the hard work it takes to get a perfect body. Instead, I now tell myself that getting fit is easy. That I have fun exercising and taking good care of my body. Another way to get more positive motivation into your life is by affirmations. There are a lot of them out there, pick your favourite 5 (or 10) and stick them to your mirror to tell yourself every day. Some of my morning favourites are:
I love myself unconditionally
I allow myself to feel good being me
I have faith in my ability to manifest my desires
This day is full of opportunities
Today is going to be a glorious day
– Just get started! Commit to a ‘no excuses’ week. Plan exercising for the week ahead and make it yourself as easy as possible to not let excuses slip in. If you are often lazy in the evenings, schedule your workout in the morning. Rain? You can still run! Workout clothes in the laundry? Ask if you can borrow your roommates’ or sisters’. You will feel great if you actually did all the workouts you scheduled. And remember, it is just a week you commit to, it’s easy! YOU CAN DO IT!