For the past 4 weeks I have been participating in a boot camp twice a week and doing my own workouts other days of the week. And with 4 weeks of the bootcamp down and 4 to go, I have learnt so much about my self and fitness in general that I thought I would share.
1. Starting is the hardest part: Once you get into it, it becomes a habit. After 4 weeks I actually look forward to working out, it’s a stress reliever, I feel incredibly happy (and exhausted) afterwards and I just feel a lot better all the time. I remember waking up on the first day of bootcamp seriously considering not going and thinking “What have I done, I can’t do this!” But I got up, put on my active wear and started my first class. And that’s all it took for me, 1 class to get me motivated and excited to workout a lot more than I use to and to start creating a better, healthier life for myself.
2. It’s all about food: You can work out all you want, but if you’re not eating the right foods, nothing is going to improve. It’s 80% food and 20% fitness! Eating was the hardest part for me, learning what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat it. I’m still learning and in the process of perfecting my eating habits and am happy to share that with you all if it’s something you are interested in reading about (let me know in the comments)
3. It really does make you happier: Before I started my bootcamp I was feeling down all the time, not happy with myself and what food I was putting into my body. After the first week of bootcamp I could already see a difference in my mood, I felt happier, healthier and less stressed. Instead of eating junk food when I felt down, I would go for a walk or run, or do some yoga or other exercises and would feel 100x better than if I sat on the couch and stuffed my face with chips and ice-cream. I know that may feel good in the moment but afterwards I would feel even worse.
4. It’s easier to do it with friends: I found my self feeling less motivated when I was working out alone at home, I wouldn’t do exercises properly and would just stop if I got too tired. But doing these boot camp classes with a friend (and a personal trainer) has made it so much easier! I have someone watching me, correcting me and motivating me to keep going and pushing me. You will be surprised at how much you can do when you push yourself.
5. It is really worth it: You may not see a difference for a while, but after a few weeks of hard work and healthy eating you will be amazed at the small changes you will start to see and soon enough the big changes. I recommend taking before and after photos so you can really see how much your hard work has paid off and to motivate you to turn this into a lifestyle and not just an 8 week challenge. As soon as you start to not exercise and get back into your bad eating habits, you will go right back to square one and have to start all over again.
Create a healthy, happy lifestyle.