If you’ve been following me on Instagram lately, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been training for our city’s biggest 10K race, The Cooper River Bridge Run! The CRBR is our city’s largest race and we’re celebrating our 40th year of having the race. How cool is that? Each year about 40,000 attendees will come to run this high-energy, incredibly fun race.
Seriously, it’s the best event ever.
Now this is my first year running and I’ve fallen out of love with running over the years but this race has reignited my passion and love for running. Which, side bar, I used to be a HUGE cross-country runner and sprinter throughout middle and high school. Cool, huh?
In order to get ready for this race, I couldn’t just dive willy nilly into without any training or tips! Talk about a sports injury just running a 10K with no training! That’s why I’m here to share my top workout tips to both inspire and get you ready to workout, whether that’s running, jogging, soccer, or any other activity.
Be Consistent and Follow a Regime
So you’ve figured out your fitness goal, awesome! Whether that be to gain more muscle, lean down, loose weight, or become more flexible, starting with a goal is the first step. Next is to establish a fitness routine, for me, I run three times a week at 6. Why so specific with the time? Because if I don’t set that time, I will find any excuse under the sun to not workout.
Establishing a consistent and realistic fitness routine will help you stay on track and accomplish your fitness goals. Something that helps me stay on track with these things is by setting a calendar alert on my phone and making workout plans with a girlfriend. This not only keeps me on track but obligated to show up and work it out!
Set Realistic Goals
If there’s one thing you’ve got to keep in mind is setting realistic goals. You will not lose 10 pounds in one week, you will not be a model in a month. Which, why would you want to? Your body is amazing as is and I admire your beauty and commend you for wanting to have a healthier lifestyle. Being healthy is why I take my fitness so seriously because I want to stay around for like 100 years.
Essentially, don’t set yourself up for perfection. You’re already perfect as is. Focus on healthy behaviors that’ll help you reach your goals and over time you will!
Do What Makes You Happy
One thing we often forget about fitness and just working out is doing activities that make you happy. Why run if you’re miserable? Why play basketball if you don’t like competition? What’s that one sport or activity in your life that makes you happy? Find what that is and make it part of your overall fitness goal! Find time in your day to spend at least 20-30 minutes doing that one activity and you’ll not only start achieving your workout goals, but you’re also improving your mental health too!
Please always remember that no matter where you’re starting in your fitness routine, you are amazing. Working out is hard and requires a lot of determination, self-drive, and a desire to be better. Find that one activity that you love, that one reason to get healthier, and do it. But only do it for you, not because that silly fitness magazine told you so, but because you are an amazing woman who has so much to give to this world.
What are your top fitness tips? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!