A new survey reveals 71% of Americans gained weight in 2020, especially since the start of the pandemic. Respondents said weight gain has created mental stress and fatigue, with 52% feeling down about the way they look. Plus, 47% who gained weight said their self-esteem has dropped since March. The good news is, despite these negative changes in physical health, most also reported a renewed desire and determination to develop a healthy and active lifestyle. To help push this renewed desire, here are a few important points to think about while developing a fitness plan that fits your lifestyle
What’s been standing in your way?
The pandemic has provided a unique opportunity for many to self-reflect and reevaluate their lives while quarantined at home. Whether cultivating a regular fitness routine has always been on your to-do list or it’s a recent addition, it is in your best interest to evaluate what’s kept you from achieving your fitness goals in the past. Adequately assessing what your obstacles have been alongside your current abilities can help to scaffold any plans you make for the future. Be open and flexible to what it might look like for you to start working out. As with any new regimen, give yourself an ample amount of compassion and patience. Just as you’ve gradually adapted to the new lifestyle the pandemic has put you through, your body deserves the same steady perseverance.
What keeps you going?
After determining what might be stopping you from working out, don’t shy away from dreaming! Ask yourself plainly what you want most from a new fitness agenda in your life. Is it consistency? More energy? Shedding some pounds? Toning up? While dreaming can be fun and motivational, it’s also important to be specific. Lofty goals can be exciting but can also come off as unreachable, and in the end, ultimately discourage you. Clear, realistic goals might not be as glamorous, but will be more easily attained in the long run. Whether is dropping a couple of pounds, fitting into old jeans, or being able to hike a nearby hill that’s always seemed daunting, the best part about creating specific goals for yourself is that they can be buildable without feeling impossible. Rather than viewing your fitness journey as an entire mountain you have to climb, think of it as a series of hikes that you will take one step at a time. Your body currently is and will do amazing things. Honor it by setting exciting yet realistic goals for yourself.
What works best for you?
Fitness and healthy lifestyles are not one-size-fits-all. What works for you may not work for your neighbor or your family member or anyone you pass by. Apply the open-minded and flexible mindset you adopted to set your goals to the methods in which you are going to achieve them. Exercise comes in so many different forms, so it’s crucial to listen to your mind and body when selecting the best form for you. If you’re looking to save money, an at-home program might be best, if you want to get out of the house more regularly, signing up for a gym membership is worth looking into. If you like to have a lot of fun while working out, check out some dance fitness classes or videos. If you want to be told what to do without having to think about it, consider a personal trainer. The Coaches at D1 Training in Scottsdale offer scholastic training for youth athletes, and online, group and fitness classes for adult athletes or anyone looking to get in great shape.
This pandemic has reshuffled the way many of us look at our own lives and what priorities we hold dearly. Take advantage of this reshuffling by setting yourself up for a healthy and happy lifestyle. If you need more professional assistance finding the workout regimen for you, check out D1 Training of Scottsdale, their experienced coaches are here to help you on your fitness journey. Dream up some new goals, reevaluate your old hurdles, and soon you’ll be on your way to a more active tomorrow, one step at a time.
Written by: Ernie Atkins IV, D1 Training
Ernie Atkins is a performance and conditioning coach with D1 Training. D1 was founded in 2001 by former NFL player Will Bartholomew, and based in Nashville, D1 Training began franchising in 2016. Ernie is certified as a NCSA’s Strength and Conditioning Specialist, ACSM’s Exercise Physiologist and an Exos Performance Specialist. As a Coach, he wants to leave others in a better place physically and mentally than when they first came to him.