CHALLENGE: #5WeekChallenge – I am going to do at least four HIIT workouts per week for the next five weeks (along with other exercise) starting Monday, September 21. I encourage you to do a workout four days a week for the next five weeks, too! Follow along on my Instagram (@simplyemilyruth). I’ll be posting new HIIT workouts that I’m doing! Make sure to tag me in your posts so I can see what you are doing and your progress! Let’s get fit together!
Like many people, it has been a long time since I have been to a fitness studio or gym.
When the gyms first closed, I was really motivated to stay active by doing outdoor activities as well as following YouTube fitness videos. I love HIIT workouts, and there are so many free videos to watch online.
However, recently I have been in a funk. I have been exercising a lot outside (running, hiking, walking), but my motivation to follow along with fitness videos has decreased significantly.
I have been more upset about not being able to go to a gym or fitness studio lately. I really do miss both activities. Thinking about the fall/winter season has definitely contributed to my negative mindset on working out, too. I know that it is going to be challenging to get in good workouts in the fall/winter because it will often be cold and rainy.
Some advice for dealing with this negative mindset is to try not to worry too much about the future. It will come and we will all deal with the weather later on, but right now, focus on what you can do and be thankful that you are able to get a quality workout in (no matter what type of workout that is). I am focusing more on what I can do now than the challenges that will come in the winter.
It’s definitely not easy, but there is no point in worrying about a workout a few months down the road. If 2020 has taught us anything, who knows what will be going on in a few months…. Or even a few days.
I wanted to share this because I want people to remember to try to focus on the now rather than the future if you have a difficult time doing so. I also wanted to share this because I think it shows that if you are in a funk, that is okay.
Today, I woke up and felt more motivated to do a HIIT workout than I have in a long time. It feels great to have more motivation again. I am ready to build my strength back up to where it was a few months ago. I honestly felt stronger than I had in a long time when I was consistently doing at-home workouts. I am ready to feel like that again.
Sometimes your body needs a break. One of the most important lessons I have learned lately is to listen to your body. A break can be a good way to reset both physically and mentally. Don’t be down on yourself if you don’t workout one day or even one week. Don’t be upset if you aren’t doing as many HIIT workouts as you had been before. Maybe it’s your body telling you that you need something else.
For me, I always feel so much better when I stay active, but that doesn’t mean that I have to have a set schedule and do strength workouts every day. The past few weeks I took a break from consistently doing strength workouts, and started running and walking a lot. Now, I am ready to do a combination of both.
Let me know what workout you are going to challenge yourself to do for five weeks!