Getting Motivated To Exercise
It’s been a long brutal winter. While most of us have been penned up inside eating hearty food and watching Netflix, spring is around the corner. That means shorts, tank tops and (cringe) swimsuits. Don’t panic just yet – you still have time to get in shape for summer. Just follow the steps below to find the motivation you need to get moving again and look great.
1). Get a workout buddy. Enlist a friend, colleague, partner, or if you don’t have anyone close by to help keep you on track, download an app like My Fitness Pal. This allows you to track your daily diet and exercise regimen as well as follow friend’s progress. If your friend hasn’t logged in their workout for the day, you can give them a nudge, and vice versa.
2). Challenge yourself. In this day and age there are enough online resources to help you succeed. For example, Give It 100 is an online diary where you are able to video and post your workout every day. The online community forum helps you stick to it, and also acts as support when you feel like giving up. If you don’t want to video yourself, keep a journal instead. Simply knowing you have to write something down can be enough of a motivation.
3). Try a Workout Video. Don’t want to spend the money on a gym membership? A 30 day workout video can be less expensive and time consuming than going to the gym, and because they allow you to work several muscle groups at once, they can boost calorie burn and build muscle more effectively than a workout machine. Try Ripped in 30 by Jillian Michel’s. It’s only 20 minutes long, but you will feel it!
4). Remind Yourself it’s possible. Post a picture of yourself at your ideal weight somewhere you’ll see it all the time. You can change your phone screen saver, post a picture on your fridge, or tape it by your desk. This will enable you to keep sight of your goal. And because it’s a picture of YOU, you know it’s a goal that’s within reach.
5). Stay positive. You didn’t put on the weight in 2 weeks, and it’s not going to come off in 2 weeks. Focus on what makes you happy and have faith in your ability to put in the work. Once you get into a habit of exercising you will not only look better but feel better too. The hardest thing to do is start, but once you do, you (and your bathing suit) will be glad you did.