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When it comes to fitness, luck and chance aren’t really part of the equation. Apparently, you can’t just chase rainbows and pots of gold in hopes of magically becoming fit (even though that sounds like cardio to me). It may not be as easy as we’d like, but it’s not impossible either—nothing a little hard work and dedication can’t accomplish. After all, life is about making your own luck, right?
Here are five tips you can use to make a little of your own luck in getting (and staying) fit.
They say abs are made in the kitchen and, to be completely honest, sometimes my abs are made of Cheetos. But it’s true—to get the best results out of your body, you should put the best food into it. While this is great in theory, it’s not as easy to put into practice once the week starts getting hectic. That’s where meal prep comes in.
It’s the part that takes the most planning and commitment (ugh, I know), but it makes the biggest difference in watching what you eat. Pick a day at the beginning of your week and make it your dedicated prepping day. You can even make a party out of it by inviting a few coworkers or friends to join. Pin and plan your meals, go bulk shopping and get cookin’. This is definitely more work upfront, but will be a life-saver when hunger strikes and you have nothing to eat but Lifesavers. Not sure where to start? Check out some tricks from the prepping pros.
Another way to build your own luck in staying fit is to create a routine that you like—and then stick to it. Map out your week with which workouts you’ll do each day, and at what time. Write it down in a planner or calendar so that it becomes real, not just an idea. Hold yourself accountable and commit. And when life happens, you can still be flexible and make changes, just try to replace rather than remove everything you reschedule.
When it comes to routines, the MINDBODY app is a great tool you can use to book weekly classes or appointments. Pick a day (oh hey, maybe do it on meal prep day) and schedule your classes for the week. You can see the schedules of your favorite businesses, or try something new each week using the Explore and Deals Near Me features. It even syncs what you book to your calendar—no more excuses.
If you’re anything like me, you try to pull the busy card every chance you get to justify missing a workout day (or week). Instead of bailing, find some time in your day-to-day to incorporate fitness, even if it’s in small ways. Maybe you make a point to take more walks throughout your day, or do living room workouts while you binge-watch your shows. You can even do living room workouts while you binge-watch your shows. You don’t have to make it to the gym every single day, but you can still do a little something to better yourself anytime you get the chance. It’s all about the little things.
Often when we think of fitness, we think of gyms and dumbbells and lots and lots of sweat. (Just me? Oh, okay…) But there’s a whole other component to fitness that can’t be ignored: being mentally, in addition to physically, fit. Take some time each day to reflect and focus on yourself and where you’re at mentally. Breathe. Amidst all the noise in your life, find some peace and quiet. Whether it’s meditation on your own or a weekly yoga class that helps you chill, don’t skimp on the mindfulness workouts. Your brain (and your body) will thank you.
Once you’ve become a meal-prepping, routine-planning, mindful machine, it’s important to look back at where you started. Throughout your fitness journey, keep a log or journal to track your efforts. Even if it’s as simple as writing down what you did each day and how you felt, it will show how far you’ve come. It’s hard to feel the small daily changes, but check in each month. You might be surprised at how much you notice you are growing and changing. Celebrate your milestones and be proud of your accomplishments—and use them to motivate you to be even better.
As much as we’d love for getting fit to be about luck, it’s really all about preparation and dedication. Start small and work your way up. You’ll eventually make your own luck and see real results, and that’s better than a pot of gold any day.
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.