Written by NYC Flywheel Instructor Sarah Ballan @sarahballan
Hey guys, Sarah here!
It’s a common misconception that a fitness instructor’s job is to “work out”, but our main job as instructors is just that; to instruct. While we do break a sweat when we teach a class, we just can’t physically push ourselves the way we would in our own personal workouts. Still, working out multiple times a day, every day? How do we manage to stay motivated?
It’s easy to stay motivated and active when the weather is nice and crop tops and shorts are stylish. Now that it’s getting colder and sweatpants are looking all the more comfortable, we may forget about being active and getting that workout in. Here are a few things to help keep you motivated no matter the season!
1. New music.
As instructors, part of our job is to scour the internet on our never-ending quest to find the latest and greatest hits and remixes. There is nothing better than a brand new remix to switch things up at the gym. Even when you walk around the city, headphones in, your mood and motivation are greatly impacted by your music choices. If you’re ever in a music rut, shuffle your music library to rediscover old songs and go from there. It’s also fun to take new instructors’ classes and feel inspired by their instrumentals.
2. Set Rituals.
Incorporate some sort of physical activity into your daily routine that will get you closer to your actual, tangible, sometimes numerical, goals. For example, I want to do a triathlon (goal), so I will take Flywheel 3x a week after I brush my teeth in the morning (ritual). Get into a routine that works for you and turn it into your lifestyle. Once you’ve trained your body to work out a certain amount of times a week, you will feel weird not doing it. And remember, getting started is the hardest part SO….
3. Get a Workout Buddy.
Sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated especially as it begins to get colder. You opt to couch potato and Netflix it instead of sweat it out. Making a pact with another person holds you accountable and keeps you on your feet (and off your booty).
4. Switch it up.
Once you’ve established a baseline workout routine, be sure to spice it up and add new things to it. Routine is nice because it keeps you grounded, but it’s always inspiring to try new workouts to keep your body moving in different ways. Try our trifecta – FlyBarre, FlyWheel, and FlyFit classes if you haven’t already. Walk or run around the city and enjoy the foliage while the leaves are still on the trees. Walk home from work instead of using public transportation. Go at your own pace, listen to your own music and enjoy the alone time because it’s oh so mentally and physically therapeutic.
5. Keep a fitness journal
Write down your goals and check off accomplishments to look back on your progress and see just how amazing you’re doing! What’s better than crossing something off your to-do list? Yes, that was a rhetorical question, but TBH I cannot think of anything better.
Let’s stay MOTIVATED and ACTIVE together. See you in class soon!