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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.