Warming up in the heart of Chelsea’s gallery district.
Four ways to turn your intention into action, when it comes to working out:
1) Schedule it:
Cliché, but, true. Commit to 3-4 times per week and make it happen. I love my iPhone 5, but, I confess: I still use a Filofax. Planning and penciling in specific workouts (like 30 minutes of high-intensity intervals on the elliptical before work or a 7pm spin class) really does keep me on track. I also tape Post-It notes and inspiring images on my computer screen to get me going at the end of a long day. Make an appointment…with (and for) yourself.
2) Find what you love:
There are more fitness options than ever, from yoga to bootcamp and everything in between. It can be overwhelming. Explore and (give it time) to find what you like. I, personally, hate running on the treadmill (except at Barry’s Bootcamp), so, I either run in Hudson River Park or cross train. I don’t force myself to do something that has me constantly checking the clock.
3) Set goals:
Identify non-aesthetic benchmarks of success. It could be a certain number of push ups or miles completed. Or, a particular race. I ran my first half marathon last year, with one of my best friends from high school. It was one of the best days of my life. I felt invincible. And now, I’m seriously contemplating my first full marathon this fall. (More to come on that later.)
4) Get real:
I’ll never be 6′ tall. Or, even 5’5″ for that matter. So, I’ve given up aspiring to look like women who are completely different from me. After years of semi-obsessive exercise and regimented eating, I’ve taught myself to chill out. I’m happier (and thinner) for it. Also, once in a while, I eat a cupcake from Billy’s Bakery, across the street. And, I go about the rest of my day.
So, throw away that torturous, size-too-small pair of jeans in the back of your closet. Enjoy your life. And, just eat the cupcake.
Images by Sarah Anderson Photography.