Today I did NOT want to work out. At all.
Where I live it was raining, and cold, and I just wanted to cuddle with a blanket, eat some Endangered Species chocolate and watch Mad Men.
We all have those days though, don’t we? Those days when we can come up with every excuse not to eat healthy/exercise/ clean our temple. (Or clean the house for that matter.) I have been rather discouraged about my fitness goals this last week, and lacking motivation in general. Here are some tips that helped me to get up off my you-know-what, when everything else was telling me not to. Maybe we can motivate each other?
Turn it up! Blast that stereo with some beats. I know that when I pop in some good tunes,within seconds my foot’s tappin’ the beat, and the rest of me is wanting to move along. I always run harder, and push farther when there’s a great song playing.
There are tons of motivational pictures of fit people out there. Every time I look at a really fit body it reminds me of the beauty of health and wellness.
Grab a friend and get moving. Whenever I exercise with my husband (or anyone really) I get competitive and want to keep up with, or surpass him. I find myself smashin’ out that extra rep when I probably otherwise wouldn’t have.
Don’t have a fitness goal? Get one! (Yeah,that’s right. I said that in my Woody from Toy Story voice.)
Focus on that goal, because the only one who can keep you from it is yourself.
So many times I come home from work and I’ve had a stressful day and don’t feel like working out. Instead of sitting on the couch with potato chips, do some High Intensity Interval Training and punch your imaginary foes in the face. Or chill out with some yoga that will calm your mind.
Find something you enjoy. My husband and I have taken up hiking as our hobby and “connecting time”. We don’t even notice that we are burning calories when we’re chatting and just loving being in nature alone together.
Encourage yourself. Give yourself a pep-talk. Deep down, you know that you can do this. You know that you have the inner strength to push through the pain. Tell yourself that, over and over if you have to. (I know I do.)
Use fitness as a reward. I didn’t start to really love fitness until I saw it as a reward for my body, instead of a punishment. Now all day long I try to remind myself that when I get home I get the reward of a good endorphin rush after a sweat session.
If you love others, and if you love yourself, you’ll want to be the best you that you can be. Think of your significant other, your kids, your family and friends, and be selfless. Give them, and yourself, the gift of a healthy you.
Annnd just because I love you, here’s one more tip…
Yeah, you heard me. They’re coming. Run.