You’ve paid the entrance fee, you’ve done the weigh-in, and you’ve set your alarm. You’ve signed up for the Burst Fitness Challenge, and this time, you’re going to rock it! To fit into your skinny jeans again. To lose the extra 15 pounds you’ve been carrying around for too long. To love the way you look naked. To prove to yourself that you can. No matter what your reason for saying “YES” to the fitness challenge is, we all know that the hardest part of committing to getting fit is staying motivated from start to finish. It is one thing to say you’re going to do it — but it’s another to actually do it.
As we embark on the next eight weeks of competitive and consistent workouts, we thought you could use some tips to help as you commit to fit. And, as we like to say at Burst, “we’ll see you on the fit side!”
Share your fitness goals on social media.
There is no arguing that social media plays a central role in our lives, as a society today. Statistics show that Americans spend over two hours a day on social media, according to the Global Web Index. With our smartphones in hand, and our social media accounts our favorite way to pass time, why not make your fitness goals public?! “Whether you have a hundred followers or thousands, sharing your workout plan with social media before it happens can help you stick to the plan,” says Brian Kelley, Pavement Runner fitness blogger. “The night before a run, I might send out a tweet that says ‘10-mile run in the morning, alarm set, shoes ready.’ It helps keep me accountable for the workout and in response, friends might wish me luck or send me motivational mantras. It’s just that something extra I might need.”
Dress the part.
We all know that “when you look good, you feel good.” And “when you feel good, you do good.” In fact, some of the most popular career advice is to “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Why not apply this concept to your sweat sessions, too? Dressing the part doesn’t just give you a more effective workout it also encourages you! Having a great gym wardrobe can get your excited about hitting a new class and confident to push yourself to the limits while getting your sweat on.
How many of you have heard that “abs are made in the kitchen”? While this might not be completely accurate, there is no denying that exercise in combination with diet led to the most significant changes in body composition. According to a blog post on InBody, “The notion of ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ is based on the assumption that the amount of calories you burn through exercise is relatively small for the amount of time you put into it.” This makes sense when you attach some numbers to it. For example, you’ve just killed it in your 45 minute spin class at Burst, burning 500+ calories in one wicked sweat session. (Way to go!) But… if you go home and scarf down a couple pieces of pizza, you can quickly take in the same amount of calories in a matter of minutes. To avoid making this brutal mistake, plan ahead. Make sure you have your refrigerator stocked with quick and easy, healthy snacks that you can grab on the go. You can even take this one step further and clean out your fridge and pantry, removing all foods high in sugar and starches in efforts to eliminate any temptation all together.
Snap that selfie.
The number on the scale can be deceiving. But the way you look in your underpants or swimsuit doesn’t like. Track your results in a special album on your phone so you can see changes, snapping a pic once a week and referring back to them as you work your way through the Challenge. Want to up the ante? Take your before picture to social media, along with your declaration of commitment. At the end of the challenge, post your results. A great way to hold yourself accountable is letting other in on your journey.
Stay positive, and just keep moving.
Not everyday is going to be a stellar workout. Some days, you just won’t have the same energy and effort to give. And this is OK! Don’t get down on yourself, but instead remind yourself of how awesome you are. In moments of weakness, take the time to make a list of all the things you are thankful for… with the ability to workout being at the top of the list. Recognize that any physical activity is better than none, so celebrate that you made it to the studio, you hoped on that bike, and you made the effort to never coast. You may feel like you were weak, but the simple fact that you showed up when you weren’t feeling it is proof that you are anything but. Fuel your fire with words of wisdom and encouragement. You are awesome.