1. Fitness is indeed a lifestyle. Since I've been working out consistently for the past two years, I now view fitness as a lifestyle choice. Not only do I reap physical benefits, if I am having a particularly stressful day going to the gym is like medicine to me. Additionally since I started working out, I make healthier choices about the foods I eat.
2. "Poco y Poco," little by little. A past roommate taught me a phrase that I apply to many areas of my life: "poco y poco," little by little. Getting fit is a matter of consistency and little by little you WILL make progress and see changes. It's not about going to the gym for a couple of weeks to see a big change. The small changes matter, and they add up overtime. Each work out is a step to a healthier you.
3. Variety is the spice of life; it's also the spice of fitness. A few times in my journey, I got bored with my exercise routines, which affected my desire to go to the gym. These times serve as a sign that I need to add variety or try something different. For example, earlier this year I started going to a class (Zumba, Pilates etc) once a week, and more recently, I purchased Bret Contreras and Kelli Davis' amazing book, Strong Curves. I am now on week seven of the Strong Curves Gluteal Goddess Program, and I love it!
4. Increased confidence and discipline. Making it to the gym will not always be easy. There are days I simply don't feel like going; yet I go only to leave feeling proud of myself for my follow through despite my feelings. It takes discipline to keep a promise to yourself and stick with a routine when you feel otherwise, but the rewards are worth it! Additionally, I am a lot more confident in how my body looks and how I feel about myself. It's also nice when other people notice and compliment your hard work.
What are some lessons that you've learned since you started working out? Please share them in the comment box.