Making time to move can be a challenge for some of us, maybe we sit down at work, or we live busy lives. Most of us also know that moving is important for health and incorporating regular movement into your daily lives should be a part of your journey to health.
It can be tough to stay motivated and maintain a movement plan, but I have some tips that have worked for me, and they can help you too.
First, what holds us back from being active?
Lack of commitment
If I am not committed to working out, there is no chance that I will actually work out. It can be hard to make staying active a priority, but it has so many benefits that it should be a commitment we all make.
Try to find a time that works for you that you can dedicate to doing something active
We are “too busy”
Being “too busy” causes people to miss a lot of things but it is important to remember that you need time for yourself, if you make time for everything and everyone else, you can make time for being active. Don’t feel guilty about taking time to do this thing for yourself, with all the benefits, everyone you love will benefit from it too. Work on managing your time and prioritizing your life and activities.
Schedule in time to workout, make it a priority and when it is part of your “t- do” list, you are more likely to get it done.
When the going gets tough..
We all have a tendency to give up things that challenge us, but don’t let exercise be one of those things! If it doesn’t challenge you, it wont change you either, take on these challenges as personal important tasks only you can complete!
Push though and do your best, giving up is not an option, it will only make you stronger.
Working out makes me sweaty
I was not going to add this in, it seems silly, but it is actually something I really consider when working out. It can be tough not only to find time to workout, but to find time to get back to yourself after the workout.
Pick a time that works, I like to workout in the morning when I am staying home, or at night, before a bath or shower, I can’t workout when I need to be going somewhere, it is too much work to get put back together.
How do we stay motivated?
Health, in general
Exercising is not just for losing/maintaining/gaining weight. Activity helps with circulation, your lymphatic system, you skin, your energy, mental health and more! A small thing (that actually makes you feel good) is also you investing in your health, and everyone has people to be healthy for, so take the time to invest a little movement into your health care routine. The goal of good health should be a motivation for all of us, if nothing else!
Add in challenges
I feel like I wasted my time when I finish a workout and I feel the same as before my workout, so a little challenge each time is great! Jump higher, go further, faster, lift more, hold longer, try a bit harder, challenge yourself you will see the results, not just in your body, but in your mental and other physical aspects too! Making your workout work for you is important, doing the same thing every day will make you bored so quick, keep things at least a bit interesting!
Pick some great tunes
I love that I get to choose the best music for my fitness classes; I get so many compliments of my playlist when I teach that I know this makes a difference. When I go for a run, my music choices dictate my success; the right music makes all the difference!
This is great self-motivation; results are what we are all after! Remember, that movement isn’t about the outside changing, it is about changing on the inside, and eventually the outside will reflect that. Feeling more energized, sleeping better, and having a clearer mind are all great motivators for getting active.
Grab a buddy
This is an obvious one, but it doesn’t have to be a friend. Take a fitness class, I love this, going and seeing everyone else, it makes the experience awesome, and it keeps you going the whole class. Do a workout video with an instructor; they help kick your butt when you want to quit. When I run, I always take my dog, after a few days she is begging for me to go with her, so I can’t let her down!
Okay so we know that we need to be active, here are some great options!
I tend to stick to basic things! I love to watch YouTube fitness videos and do those, especially in the winter when I stay inside. I also love to run and walk when the weather is nice, I have a couple dogs that love to get outside and join me on walks and runs! Teaching fitness classes is a passion of mine as well, I used to teach lots of aquatic classes and now I teach Zumba Fitness, which I love, and it is a great way to teach and get exercise at the same time!
So tell me, what kind of fitness is your favorite? How do you stay motivated and what holds you back?
Amanda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist out of Southwest Middlesex, and London ON. She works with clients to help them achieve their health and wellness goals!
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