Finding Motivation to Exercise


Going to the gym. That’s one thing, among many things, we all have intentions of “finding time for”, right? The truth is, you aren’t going to find time anywhere. If you want to do something, anything, you need to make time for it. Of course, that’s the real trick isn’t it? Making time for all the things we need to do and all the things we want to do. Yet, we only have 24 hours each day to do it all. I haven’t learned the secret on how to balance it all out, but I would like to share my tips on how to find the motivation to make time for exercise and how to stay motivated once you do. Exercise will never go away, you do in fact need it to be healthy. Don’t let all your fabulous green living efforts die in vain because you can’t find the motivation to work out.


How to find motivation to work out, exercise, or go to the gym. It can be tough to get out and get moving, but these tips will encourage you to make it happen so you can achieve your goals and create a healthy body.


Start With a Killer Playlist

Taking the time to create a playlist of your most favorite dance music will not only help you get in the mood now, but it will help keep you going once you are at the gym (or out running, or doing cardio at home). Reach into all your favorite genres. Think about which songs you can’t help but dance to. Play a few rounds of ‘Just Dance’ (watch YouTube videos if you don’t own the game) to get you in the dancing mood. These are the songs that will get you moving, and keep you moving. For an even bigger boost, create a smaller, back-up playlist of the most amazing songs you can think of (Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, whatever you like) and use these when you are losing the motivation, when you feel like you are giving up, or when you hit a wall mid workout. Keep going, you can do it!


Set a Goal

Set realistic goals about your exercise routine. A couple days a week to start, then increase. Decide how much time you will spend doing each activity. Keep to this goal, as long as you aren’t about to pass out. That’s why you need to be real about it right away. Don’t jump right into an hour of cardio 5 times a week if you can’t even remember the last time you worked up a sweat. If you find it challenging to meet your goal… bring on the back-up playlist mentioned above.


Compete With Yourself

If you are the type of person who is very competitive, great! However, it won’t do you any good to compete against someone else. Everyone is different, and we all respond different to exercise, dieting, and stretching. Competing against someone who is biologically different from you is just setting yourself up for disappointment (or an unfair advantage). Instead, compete against yourself. Set a series of goals and prove it to yourself that you are strong enough to meet them. Track your progress and feel good about your improved health and well being. You did it all on your own! Go you!


Never Exercise Alone

Not like that… I mean, never just exercise. Eating right is key to your health. Only exercise, or only eating healthy, is just half the battle. To achieve overall physical health, you really need to do both. You don’t have to follow the latest trending diet, just be sure you eat healthy, balanced meals, don’t go overboard, watch the bad stuff, and embrace the greenery.


Schedule Exercise

I highly recommend all moms sign up to a gym with daycare. It’s practically impossible to exercise when you are home. There are kids (obviously), and chores, errands, spouses, phone calls, etc. Getting out of your element and into the building intended for physical fitness is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not to mention, your sanity. Then, schedule your exercise around the child care center, and your own time, and MAKE IT HAPPEN. If you’ve made a plan to go work out, in your own time, and someone will be watching your children… then there are ZERO excuses. Put on that playlist and get moving. You can even ditch the music and read one of those books you’ve been trying to “find time” for. Getting there is more than half the battle. If you have trouble finding a gym that’s affordable and has child care, don’t forget to check out your local YMCA and even look into your health insurance. Many health insurance providers cover, or help pay for, preventative care like a gym membership, to keep you healthy.


Digital Support

There are a lot of great apps and websites you can use to help you along the way. Like MyFitnessPal. This is a lifetime journey! It’s not just about changing your body image, but keeping you healthy, and alive for much longer. Use these fancy portable devices we have to help keep you in touch with your progress.


Get Married

Seriously! Buy a dress a size too small (or two sizes if you have enough time) and MAKE IT FIT! I bought my real size when I got my wedding dress and it wasn’t until it arrived that the staff alerted me to the fact that their dresses run a size smaller. I had ten week to lose a size, or I could trade it in for the next size up. (Like I was going to risk not getting the dress back in time) I ended up losing the weight in 3 weeks. It was so empowering that I have kept that confidence in myself since. If you are already married…. maybe it’s time for a vow renewal?


Continue Making the Green Switch

Keep up all the great work, and don’t forget to make the switch, if you haven’t already, to products that work with your body instead of against it. Deodorant that doesn’t block your pores is number one. Followed by that should be your lotion. Use something made of natural ingredients that doesn’t prevent you from sweating. You need to cleanse your skin as you sweat, not block up the pores.


Easy as these tips may be, if you are reading this looking for motivation, then a refresher was necessary, however simple it may be. It’s time to move exercise out of the “things you want to do” category, and move it into the “things you need to do” one. You got this!


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