May is just around the corner, meaning the countdown is launch until summer vacation (finally!). Therefore, after hibernating under layers of clothes, eating food that keeps your body warm, you might want to head back to the gym for a few months to get beach-ready. To avoid spending a yearly membership at the gym for a few months, read this post to match your goals with the right workout type you need. However, no matters what you want to do, here are commons mistakes you want to avoid in order to get results:
Getting your body back in shape does take time, so give time to your body to recover. Working out and slimming down, unfortunately, does not occur overnight. Therefore, consistency is key. If you jump on your stationary bike and work out for 2 hours on a single day and hope to get your bikini body, I am sorry, but it will not happen. It is better to work out for 30-45 minutes per day, every day and to listen to your body.
If you want to go back to the gym (or start working out), you need to be equipped and get some workout clothes. It could be a bathing suit or running shoes. The point here is if you decide to run or jog you might want to choose good running shoes. It is quite expensive (around $100 for a pair) so you need to be sure of your motivation, but it will save your knees, hips and back on the long run, so definitely a good investment. If you want to invest in fancier workout clothes or accessories, wait until you make progress, so you can reward yourself with something you wanted for long.
In order to know where you are going (and not stop working out after 2 intensive hours of bicycle) you need to define your goals. I talk about it more here, but I insist on this: it is very important to define your goal before starting so you do not get discouraged and can see changes and progress, one step at a time.
Although it can be tempting, do not skip cardio. This is very important if you want to make progress and see changes. For years, I followed YouTube videos on resistance training and never see any results. This was because my muscles were building beneath my fat and were therefore invisible. Not great when you want to see fast results before summer. This also applies to resistance training. If you only do cardio, you will end up “skinny fat” with no muscles definition, because you did not do enough resistance training. Both are important and works together so do not skip any.
Kayla Itsines explains in her last book “motivation make you start while habits make you keep going“. Ask yourself why you want to workout and find motivation. Remember that being healthy is not a pre-summer trend, it is a whole lifestyle that implies commitment. Try to find some friends to workout with. It is harder to skip the gym or the workout if someone counts on you. Finally, find a time that is good for you, whether it is in the morning, at noon or even in the afternoon. There is no “better” time to workout, it is only when it is more convenient for you. If you find the moment that works best for you, you are more likely to develop good habits and stick to it.
Do not forget that going back to the gym can be hard at first. You will feel uncomfortable and sore, but it will eventually get better (if you don’t quit!). Also, do not forget to check with your healthcare practitioner to make sure you are able to workout beforehand.