I want to settle any anxiety you might be having at this point in January!
Maybe you just got back into a fitness routine or decided it was time for a PUSH in your current program. So you have been ON IT! Crushing workouts and staying consistent for the past 3 weeks.
If so, good for you!
Depending on how hard you have been pushing yourself and how well you have been eating and resting will determine how motivated you feel to crush February.
You might be feeling 1 of 2 ways:
- Proud you have been so consistent with your workouts but aren’t sure you can sustain this pace.
- Proud you took a month to workout hard and now you are ready to give the body a little break.
What would you say?
Well, here is what I would like to share.
It’s only January and there is a whole year ahead of us to gain strength, feel our best, and crush our goals. I know that a year sounds like a long time but it will fly by! Trust me.
This whole fitness thing is not a RACE. I know we want to reach our goals, like tomorrow, but it’s that kind of thinking that will keep us far from the finish line.
It’s the consistent, small choices we make everyday that will get us to the finish line first. We have to take on 1 or 2 new challenges every few weeks to keep progressing but we don’t have to do it all in just 1 month.
When we start or level up our new fitness program it’s critical to PACE YOURSELF:
- Our body is changing dietary habits which puts new demands on the body.
- We are placing stress and demand on your muscles that raises acidity in the body requiring more nutrient dense foods.
- Our body will require adequate sleep and hydration for repair and recovery.
- We want to take our new habits in small doses se we don’t get burnt out and can make this a lifestyle.
The body will thank you this next month if your focus is:
- Consistent workouts that vary between light, moderate and hard.
- Eating clean and healthy foods
- Stretching to release tension
- Getting enough sleep and water
Be sure to check in with yourself and see if the pace you are going is one you can sustain all year.
As you get stronger, you will certainly train harder. It’s allowing the body time to adjust to those strength gains to avoid burn out that is so key!
Check out my website www.annarenderer.com for my FREE Small Steps Planner that is filled with tips on how to stay consistent and motivated with your fitness!