Ever been in a workout rut? Maybe you’re dealing with some health issues, you don’t feel like exercising, or your work schedule is crazy and you’re not able to get to the gym.
I’ve been there. Recently, my workouts have been dwindling because my energy levels have taken a hit and I’ve been sitting during the day more than ever. Some of you may have seen my recent post on Facebook and Instagram about making a change and increasing movement in my life.
Change is hard. We get set in our routines, we get busy, we get tired.
So, whether you’re a cyclist or more of a yogini-type of gal, here are some tips to motivate you to get moving:
It’s not about hours and hours of exercise, it’s about simply moving your body more and sitting less.
Get a standing desk, do laps around your office while on conference calls, take the stairs, stretch throughout the day, and just generally move more. It all adds up.
Even a ten-minute walk around the block has been shown to lower stress levels and increase energy. As the weather gets nicer and it stays later, how about a daily walk outside after dinner? Make it a routine and you’re much more likely to stick to it.
And how great a workout is for your mind, body, and soul.
Or, put your goal (whether it’s to get stronger, more fit, or lose weight, etc.) at the forefront of your mind, your calendar, and your to-do list.
Or, think summer… yes, it’s still cold where I am (come on, spring!) but think about how it will be warm and sunny soon and you’ll want to proudly show off your strong, slender body. One of my Body Pump continuously yells out “think summer, think summer” during our hardest track when we’re ready to quit. Hey, whatever works!
if you love dancing, find a dance class, if you like to pump iron, get your bum in the weight room! If you enjoy it, you’ll be much more likely to actually do it.
I recently tried a new ‘Body Combat’ class – kind of like kickboxing and martial arts, and I loved it! Now, it’s part of my workout routine and I look forward to going (and to how I feel during (endorphins kick in) and afterwards (strong and capable of anything!).
My friends and I also love to try a new class each time we get together — most recently we tried antigravity yoga! Such a fun tradition.
Knowing that you’re going to meet your girlfriend/mom/sister – whoever – keeps you more accountable and less likely to bail. My pup Kaya is my workout buddy — I love going on long hikes with her.
This is your time to honor your body. Schedule it in. Carve it out. Get a trainer if you need to. Treat yourself.