Sunday, January 8, 2017

Now Walk It Ouuuuut

New Year's resolution or not, sometimes it can be a real bitch to get the motivation to work out/go to the gym. I deal with it, well, pretty much daily. Even though I clearly know that going to the gym actually makes me feel better, initially "getting there" is the hardest part.

The biggest thing you need to remember is that making a routine is key. It takes 21 days of doing something for it to become routine, so as long as you can get passed those first 3 weeks, you're good. But in the last few weeks I've found personal ways to help motivate myself to get on up in there and I thought I'd share them today.

Don't sit down.
I attend Red Cedar Family Fitness which actually has daily classes ( Zumba, Pound, kickboxing, etc ) that are included in my monthly fee...the downfall is that they start anywhere between 5 and 6:30. I usually get off of work by 4 pm. I noticed that it was getting harder for me to attend those classes because I'd have this lull-time between clocking out and going to classes that wasn't enough time to make and eat dinner, but WAS enough time for me to lose ALL motivation. So, I decided that I needed to go to the gym immediately after work. No excuses. I go, do some cardio for anywhere from 30-60 minutes, and THEN I can go home, relax and make dinner. So far I went on Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat of this week and did an hour each time. I think that's pretty good. So if you're like me and lose motivation easily, go straight to the gym and do it to it.

Find a way to get through your workout.
Whether it be listening to your favorite tunes or watching a show on Netflix, try to keep your mind busy while you're doing cardio. This week I became engrossed in Leah Remini-Scientology and the Aftermath. I've been using the Sling app to watch during my workout and it helps the hour breeze by. I won't even notice when 20 minutes has passed, which is wonderful when you don't really WANT to work out. 

Keep hydrated.
Make sure you bring lots of water. Ice is always helpful, too, if you plan to be there a while. Staying hydrated will keep you from pooping out early. 

Wear cute outfits.
Not gonna lie, when I feel cute it gives me more drive. Wearing frumpy clothing to the gym does not help me want to work out. Although my body is not where I want it currently, when I wear cute gym attire I just feel better and, in turn, more motivated. Treat yo'self to some cute outfits and maybe a new pair of kicks for the gym ONLY. It may help!

Get a tracking app.
Along with my Fitbit tracking my steps, I also use a Weight Watchers app to track my food intake. You can also use apps like MyFitnessPal to help track calories, but in the past I've had the best results following the WW PointsPlus system. A few years ago when I initially lost 35lbs, I did it by counting my points and doing cardio about 4 times a week. Since it worked before, I'm trying it again. We shall see how it goes!

Some people struggle with exercise and clean HAPPENS. My "resolution" this year was to aim to workout 3-4x/week and be better about my food consumption; no beating myself up, no slacking. When you don't set strict limits on yourself, you can see amazing results. Limits cause stress and self-destruction, and that's not healthy, either.