Working out is so hard too do, or at least it was for me. Before I decided to go on a mission I would work out every now and then but I would eventually get discouraged. I felt out of shape but didn't want to spend time focusing on working out. I would rather spend time watching TV, playing games online, or going out with friends. I knew once I decided to go on a mission that I needed to get prepared in three different ways: Spiritually, Emotionally, and Physically. This weeks post is all about my journey towards becoming a healthier person and getting more physically prepared.
My attitude towards working out has totally changed. I now get sad and sometime really mad when I don't get to work out right after work or for the day because of other responsibilities I just keep reminding myself that I am getting prepared spiritually, physically, and emotionally for a mission and that has totally changed my outlook. When you are a full time missionary you walk at the least 6 miles a day and bike 12 miles a day. Over the past month and a half I have went from walking a mile and feeling like I was going to trip on the treadmill and take myself out! Now I am walking/running 2 miles per day and not running out of breath. :)
Some things that have helped me keep to a workout schedule are:
- Get your workout clothes ready the night before (saves you time in the morning & makes it so you can't procrastinate)
- If you miss a day or two or three it's okay, just get back to the GYM
- Have a workout buddy
- Check out Pinterest for quick workout ideas
- Spend at least an hour a day working out
- 30 minutes doing Cardio
- 20 minutes doing Calisthenics
- 10 minutes doing something fun, in my case it's Boxing or Lifting Weights
- Change the workout scene, when it's nice, go outside
- Drink lots of water
- What you eat matters - I eat salads twice a day and a Spinach smoothie at night
- Don't eat after 7 PM (it has helped me a lot!)
- If you are feel hungry after you have eaten or want a snack that's bad, try drinking a glass of water first, after if you still feel hungry, then eat some veggies. You're body may mistake a craving for sweets or soda as hunger instead of a craving.