Courtesy of Danni Mexon; Bahle Forbes; Whitney Curtis; Helen Woldemichael/Graphic by Valerie Fischel, Dana Davenport
There’s endless workout advice out there, but no matter how great a tip is, that doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for your life. Finding what works for you in your fitness journey is a major part of achieving your goals, whether that’s a number on the scale, finally mastering a tough move, or anything in between.
These eight women chased down their goals by discovering the creative habits, simple tweaks, and manageable lifestyle changes that made a big difference for them. Check out their handy, honest tips below, and you just might find something that works for you, too.
1. Create a virtual support system for added motivation.
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“I had this group of girls I chatted with on WhatsApp every day that really helped push me. We all haven’t been as active in that particular group chat lately, but I still keep in touch with a lot of friends I’ve made through Instagram (including those girls) on a regular basis. They are always killing their workouts and are super supportive, so all I have to do is tell them I don’t feel like working out, and they’ll remind me to get off my butt and get it done!”
—Carly DiBiase, @tiudeebs
2. Have a plan for the days when you really, really don’t feel like working out.
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“I find that taking a moment to look back on my progress, and a quick scroll through all the inspirational girls I follow on Instagram, gives me that extra kick of motivation to get my butt moving and start. Another tip that worked for me is to get straight into my workout gear [when I get home from work]—if you are dressed for the occasion, you are more likely to get it done!”
—Danni Mexon, @dannimex87
3. Mix up your workouts and don’t be afraid to include lower-intensity classes to balance things out.
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“I do a lot of strength training that leaves my body a little stiff, so yoga is relaxing and pretty challenging.”
—Bahle Forbes, @bahleforbes
4. Focus on something other than your weight or clothing size.
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“Losing weight has taught me that I’m capable of so much more than I would have ever given myself credit for. I went from getting exhausted walking up a flight of stairs to hiking 13 miles to the top of a 14,000-foot mountain. My fiancé and I have been talking about training for a half marathon that climbs that same mountain—big things to come! My life was limited by my weight, and now I’m free to really live an active and healthy life.”
—Kayte Hennick, @kaytedoesit