Motivation Monday

Posted: June 20, 2011 in Articles

Who doesn't wish they had a fairy like this?!?

I’m sorry to say I don’t have any new songs for you today (I’m still – and currently – listening to “Don’t Wanna Go Home” by Jason Derulo) nor do I have any new quotes (I’ve been finding some really good ones on writing, though!).

I have lots of things to share. Get pumped.

Have you seen the new USDA recommendations for healthy eating? This isn’t necessarily motivational, but it’s news and has been in the works for a while. Once you see/read it, you’re gonna say DUH! Why didn’t they think of this years ago? Who knows. Who knows. 

SCORESIES! The Portable Pilates Workout! Now you, me, and the person in the cube next to you can do Pilates moves anywhere, anytime. I just got so excited… especially because I was planning my Pilates class when I found it 🙂 

Another awesome reason to work out: Exercise reverses the aging process. Haven’t you seen some ripped older men and women? They really don’t look their age and even if they do somewhat, they’re still healthier and happy than most people their age!
Women’s Health gives 21 ways to bust out of your workout rut (simplified by yours truly):

  1. Stop making excuses. Just do it already!
  2. Be flexible. You can work out in shorter bouts, but do it two or three times a day. 15 minutes here, 10 there, 20 there.
  3. Do something every day, no matter if you have 15 minutes, 50, or 75.
  4. “Fitness isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity. By thinking of exercise as just one of many important health habits, working out will become just as automatic as brushing your teeth.”
  5. Make a goal or goals, write them down, and post them where you can see them every day.
  6. Just because you don’t have a gym membership or fancy equipment doesn’t mean you can’t work out! Take a walk, or a run, or a bike ride, or rent a DVD, or find workouts in magazines, or Google workouts, or YouTube them, or ask your friends for help (like ME!)…
  7. Be consistent. Set a workout schedule that fits your lifestyle.
  8. Assault your senses. Watch TV or read a magazine while you walk. Run and chit-chat with a friend. Lift and listen to a podcast or that new album by your fav band.
  9. Start slowly. If you’re next to exercise, don’t do everything in one day or you’ll get discouraged. Try a little something new every day.
  10. Keep track. Write down your workouts. It’s like a food diary, only shows how active you are each day. Or hey, invest in a pedometer
  11. Wear the right gear. “Not only does the newest workout apparel make you look pretty damn good, it can battle blisters, wick away moisture, and keep you feeling perky. All that makes for a better workout.”
  12. Don’t overtrain. Alternate low-impact/intensity workouts with high-intensity ones.
  13. Back to goal setting. Set smaller, achievable ones. Once you’ve hit them, set newer, bigger ones.
  14. Reward yourself. Just not with food. A new pair of pants, or workout tee, or coffee date with a friend.
  15. Find a friend. Sometimes doing some or all of your workouts with someone else helps you push harder… and makes you accountable!
  16. Sign up to run a race. Nothing gets you motivated like running a race.
  17. Mix it up. You’re probably in a rut because you got stuck in a workout routine. Results come with new challenges.
  18. Have fun. Dance. Play soccer. Set up an obstacle course outside. Smile. Laugh. Play.
  19. Music. Like your workout, you need to mix it up to keep you motivated.
  20. Group fitness classes. Try one. They put a little spice into your routine. Heck, why do you think I got certified!? Plus, they’re pretty fun 🙂
  21. Change your scenery. Simple and self-explanatory.

Notice a trend there? MIX IT UP ALREADY! I promise you’ll see results.
Does working out in the AM burn more fat? Sure, this article isn’t THE SECRET or THE TRUTH to burning fat, but I agree with a lot of the logic. Not to mention that I like to work out in the morning anyways, so it gives me more reasoning behind my insanity 🙂

It’s summer. What – besides the idea of being in a bathing suit – keeps you motivated? What kinds of exercise classes do you like to attend?

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