Beast mode is when you really don’t want to do it, but you do it anyway. It’s when you could stop, but you push yourself to go another mile, another 10 minutes, over the next hill. It’s when you challenge yourself to be better than you were the day before. And you do it all for that fist pump, that high five at the end. Because you know just how damn good it feels to meet and exceed your goals, to feel stronger, more flexible, more capable. Because you set out to accomplish something and by all the gods in godland, you made it happen.
The hot little number pictured above is one of my besties, a badass and one of my sources of fitspiration. Beast mode is where she lives. I like to visit her there sometimes. You’re always welcome to join us. Ypu can start with these five easy ways to unleash your own inner beast.
- Gear up – Lace up your sneaks, pull on your sweat-proof duds and don’t forget your headphones. Just the act of getting your body ready can help your mind fall into step. Once you’re dressed and the jams are pumping, chances are you’ll go ahead and put one foot after the other. Might as well, you’re already halfway there.
- Plug in – Smartphones make exercise easier, entertaining and more fun. You can make a pulse-pounding playlist on Spotify, talk on the phone to friends and family that live far away, learn a new language, listen to an audiobook from the library or podcasts on any topic under the sun. You can even download apps that reward and motivate you on your fitness journey. I use Map My Walk, the Fitbit app and Lose It, but there are an infinite number of choices out there to help meet your particular needs. Find what works for you and you’ll find yourself looking forward to that part of your day instead of dreading it.
- Or tune out – Leave the phone at home and let your mind follow your body’s lead. Exercising outdoors is the perfect excuse to ditch the tech and soak up the serenity. Mindfulness, baby. It’s where you’re at.
- Set goals – Having a big goal(fitting into those bright green skinny pants, running a 7 minute mile, banishing a diabetes diagnosis) is a great motivator, but making a small goal for each workout gives you a reason to push yourself harder(hello beast mode) and makes the reward of reaching it that much sweeter. Start your goals as small as they need to be for you to succeed. In the beginning it might be walking around the block, one pushup. Each success leads to a new goal – five times around the block, ten pushups. Success is a drug that you want to keep on getting. It’s also legal and affordable. An all around win.
- Sharing is caring – Working out with a partner can hold you back or push you harder. Make sure to pair with someone who can give you the kind of encouragement that works for you. And encouraging someone else can inspire you to reach farther toward your own goals. Friendly, supportive competition feels good and makes working out feel like playing with your friends.