How To Become A 'Fitness Person'
By the Wild Women On Top Team | Experts in hiking adventures for women
You know those people who are 'fitness people'? They say things like “I just LOVE exercise” or “I get cranky when I don't workout”. They never seem to “fall of the wagon”. They can also seem unreasonably happy, which sometimes makes 'non-fitness people' annoyed. Well, the Wild Women team is full of them, and we like it that way.
We’re not about punishing workouts or burning calories or even gym selfies on Facebook with a workout breakdown. But we are about a long-term, sustainable, joyful kind of movement that feels healthy, not hard.
So how do you transform yourself from a fitness hater to a fitness lover? Here’s how.
Find a style of movement you enjoy
This is an oft-repeated mantra which fitness people preach, and that’s because it’s true. You don’t necessarily have to LOVE every minute of your workout… if it’s not challenging you, you’re not getting the benefits. But you can enjoy parts of it. If you haven’t found something you enjoy yet, keep looking. Try Pilates, dancing, martial arts, rollerblading, skipping, swimming, surfing, yoga, acrobatics, pole dancing or trampolining. It’s allowed to be silly and fun, as long as you’re moving. Of course, we reckon you should try hiking, because it’s the absolute best.
Build a community
When you start a new type of movement, immerse yourself in the community. Introduce yourself to people in the group. Connect with the trainer or coach (hint: they’re paid to be nice to you, so no fear of rejection). Join online communities on Facebook or Instagram. You don’t even need to make friends, necessarily – just familiar faces. The more connected you feel to the people, the more likely you’ll stick with it when motivation wanes.
Make a routine
The on-again off-again thing doesn’t work. Jump in. Whether you’re committing to one, three or 10 sessions per week, really commit to the session time, as that will make it easier to motivate yourself to get there. Unless it’s a birthday, wedding or seriously special one-off occasion, don’t cancel. Just stick to it for three months and see what happens.
Remember, there’s no such thing as failure
You cannot fall off a wagon. You are not on a wagon. You are a human on two gorgeous, strong, fabulous legs and you can’t fall off them. When you realise you can’t fail at fitness, you’ll stop the yo-yo exercising. Missed a session? Fine. Get back up again the next day, or week, or month, or however long it takes. You have not failed. You’ve just learned.
Change your mindset
If you tell yourself you hate exercise, you’ll hate exercise. If you’re using exercise as a way to punish yourself for something you ate or did, you’ll hate exercise. If you’re only exercising because you want to achieve some unrealistic weight-loss goal, you’ll hate exercise.
There’s so many great reasons to exercise, so pick one of these and roll with it.
- It improves your mood
- It helps you sleep better
- It makes you a nicer person
- It’s good for your memory
- It makes you more creative
- It makes you more productive
- It can reduce your risk of diseases such as cancer and diabetes
- It can reduce your risk of mental health issues including depression and anxiety
- It makes you more confident
- It’s empowering
- It slows the aging process
- It makes you feel fantastic!
Share it with your friends
When you start exercising regularly and approaching fitness with positivity (I LOVE hiking!!) rather than negativity (Eugh, I HAVE to go workout), you’ll notice you have all this extra energy and sparkle. People will notice, so tell them what has changed! Invite your friends to join you for yoga instead of beers or a hike instead of the movies. If they politely decline, invite them again! If they roll their eyes or scoff, smile. Why? Because you’re officially a fitness person. Welcome to the party.
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