12 Months of Joyful Workouts

Every day is different, and consequently, so are our bodies and minds. However, it is possible to create joyful workouts throughout the year by following 12 tips to guide you. Each tip is designed to be applied to a specific month of the year, for this coming year of 2017 and beyond. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

Tip #1 January -avoid “stinkin’ thinkin’!
Wake up daily and approach your workout with a smile on your face. How is that possible when you do not feel like smiling? Behave your way toward a smile by thinking of all of the many blessings in your life. Even during times of adversity, there are reasons to smile.

Tip #2 February – commit to enjoy your workouts.
While it may be difficult at times to enjoy the discomfort, keep your mind focused upon the positive outcomes that you know are ahead. With that thought in mind, move your body forward and reap the rewards.

Tip #3 March – think of how far you have come.
If you just began a workout program in the beginning of 2017 and are a novice, you should be experiencing positive changes in your mind and body. Embrace those changes and keep your head in the game. If you are a workout veteran that has perhaps been struggling of late, consider how far you have come through the months and years and keep those thoughts in the forefront.

Tip #4 April – share with others how good you are feeling and encourage them to join you.
There is no feeling that replaces helping others find their path to health and fitness. You never know how many people you touch when you display joy and enthusiasm about your workouts.

Tip #5 May – as the weather begins to show signs of improving, consider how you will integrate outdoor activities into your lifestyle.
These activities should compliment, not replace your positive workouts.

Tip #6 June – reassess your successes thus far this year and ensure that the joyfulness is not beginning to wane.
Perhaps it is time to try a different group exercise class format or modify your fitness floor program.

Tip #7 July -you should begin to notice further progress based upon the positive changes you made to your program in June.

Tip #8 August – challenge yourself to increase the intensity of your workouts achieving a significant milestone such as reaching authentic momentary muscle failure or hitting high Zone 5 and becoming breathless, then enjoying all of the rewards that this level of training intensity provides.

Tip #9 September – if you have been keeping a workout log, review the log to keep your head in the game.
Keeping track of your progress is an essential component of creating joyful workouts as this data confirms we are staying the course.

Tip #10 October – as the seasons change, prepare for this change from a positive perspective.
Avoid feelings that may sabotage your progress!

Tip #11 November – as you realize the holidays are approaching, check your caloric expenditure and consider kicking it up a notch during the season.

Tip #12 December – continue your feelings of workout joy as you have come full circle!

Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Mountain Life Fitness, LLC, located in Granby, Colorado. She may be reached at her website at www.mtnlifefitness.com, her email at jackie@mtnlifefitness.flywheelsites.com and her Facebook page at Mountain Life Fitness.

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