Hey guys! This is the third post in my advice series. The other two are:
This post will be on the subject of exercising!
Many of my asks go something like: “I exercise like ______ for ____ time per day, is this enough to lose weight?”
Here’s the thing about asking strangers on the internet things about your personal health and diet routine: they will never be right! Don’t get me wrong: we’re mostly very knowledgeable about the topics themselves, but no one on the internet can actually tell you how long or how much work it will take for you to lose weight. Everyone is different!
Now, onto the actual exercise part. I have this novel idea, and that is that
EXERCISE SHOULD BE FUN! And it should not make you want to die.
Sometimes you may feel like you’re going to die if you do one more rep, but that’s different from an exercise that makes you feel miserable! Pick fun things that you like to do! Anything that gets you moving counts as exercise! Jump-roping, swimming, tennis, crawling around your house in a sleeping bag like a caterpillar with your little sister, it all gets your muscles moving.
So how do you know when you’ve done enough?
Personally, I like to set time goals for myself and push as hard as I can for those 30-40 minutes. If at the end I feel like I gave it absolutely everything I had….I do five more minutes. Every time. It always reminds me that I can always do more, I can always prove myself wrong. I torture myself in this way with reps, too. For instance, if I find myself thinking around crunch number 40 out of 50 “well, at least you don’t have to do 100, that would be impossible” I then have to do 100 just to prove myself incorrect. It’s just a little mental battle with myself that I make sure I always win. If I think I literally can’t make it to 90 squats, I do 91. You can fall over afterwards, you can yell like a bull moose and curse the ancient greek gods, but you’ll have done it.
You have to be your own personal trainer.
Unless you have a tiny Jillian Michaels that sits on your shoulder with a bull-whip and assorted inspiring insults, you have to be your own inspiration. it’s fantastic if your parents support you, or your boyfriend, girlfriend, betta fish, grandmother, etcetera. But you know what? These people all have their own lives and issues (your betta fish is a busy fellow), and they won’t be able to motivate you 24/7. But luckily for you, you have that happy job. If you feel like you can’t do it alone, find something that will! A song, a photo, something that you wrote, something that someone else wrote. Just put it where you can see it (or hear it), and get moving!
Lastly, remember to take your rest days!
A lot of people have an unnecessary fear of rest days. Guys, take them! Your muscles need time to repair themselves, and you need some time off too, you’re working hard! Take 1-2 days per week to rejuvenate yourself, and if you’re sick, rest! You’re not doing yourself any favors by overworking yourself, you’re just more likely to burn out and give up. This is a slow process, remember. That counts for losing muscle too, meaning that the abs you’ve been working on aren’t going to pack a rucksack and sneak off in the dead of night during your rest day.
^ not your abs.
Take a deep breath, listen to some nice music, and appreciate what your body has been doing for you!