exercise

Do you Excuse-ercize??

Have you ever heard yourself (or someone else) say this about exercise????  “I am too busy. Its raining. The kids are sick. I’m too tired. Its too hot. Its too cold. I hate exercising. I just don’t want too. Too scared to try something new. My workouts are boring.  I’m too embarrassed. I don’t know what to do. I don’t have enough time…..”

We need to change those excuses into reasons WHY  we should workout – It makes me feel better! I have more energy!  I sleep better! I feel stronger! I feel healthier!

There are many ways to sneak in Activity – park the farthest away from the store door, run from one end of the house to the other or up and down your stairs during commercials, workout with your kids during their sports practices, play the Wii with your kids or make them watch YOU! ;), go walk the mall for safety and/or if the weather is bad, clean your house, try a new workout video to switch things up a bit, break activity up into smaller bits of time, sign up for a fun run or a race for motivation.

**The awesome thing about exercise and Weight Watchers is that you earn activity points when you workout!!! For every activity point you earn you get a food value point 1 for 1. Its based on your weight, length of exercise, and  intensity level of exercise. When you have used your daily points you can choose to use your activity points first or use your 49 Weekly Points Allowance first. Personally I found through trial and error that eating my Activity Points first motivates me to want to work out so I can earn those points and my body needs those extra calories. :)  I normally don’t touch my WPA but I have them saved as back up points for an event that maybe I didn’t plan for. Its helps me mentally because its nice knowing I have those WPA points banked just in case I need them – and I love knowing I have the flexibility to use them if I want or not.

Check out this great article on  10 ways to excuse-proof your workout.
Article By: Sally Bevan
Isn’t it funny that the moment you decide to exercise, something always gets in the way? Mom stops by. That report is suddenly urgent. The dog ate your running shoes. Maybe it’s time to organize your exercise?
Make life easy for yourself
Plan a regimen that fits your lifestyle. If you work irregular hours, for example, don’t sign up for classes that start at the same time each week. Instead, choose activities that can be easily slotted into your day: Walk the kids to school or run errands on foot during your lunch hour.
Draw up a weekly timetable
To help you organize your time properly, draw up a weekly timetable of planned exercise and activities. This will also help you see how much activity you’re getting. Try to do something for at least 20 or 30 minutes each day, even if it’s just yard work or going on a brisk walk around the neighborhood.

Attach exercise to a treat
Give yourself a reward for scheduling in fitness. Buy flowers once a week for completing all of the workouts you scheduled. You can also attach exercise to an enjoyable event, such as playing with your kids in the park or catching up with a friend on a walk.

Get everyone else on board
Make sure your family and friends know when and where you plan to exercise. This way you shouldn’t get any unwelcome interruptions. If you need someone to watch the kids while you exercise, make sure you arrange this well in advance; don’t rely on last-minute favors.

Anticipate motivational dips
Everyone struggles with motivation from time to time, preparing for these feelings can go a long way to combating them. For instance, if you sometimes struggle to go to your aerobics class, get a friend to call you to make sure you’re not still sitting on the sofa.

Avoid danger zones
Many things can distract even the most hardened of exercisers: your favorite TV show, the lure of a night on the town with friends, or a neighbor popping in for an impromptu chat. Learn to recognize your particular “danger zones” and take steps to negotiate your way around them.

Buy figure-flattering workout clothing
You don’t want to look like a sack of potatoes when you’re exercising. Spend a little money on well-designed, flattering and supportive gym clothes; you’ll be more motivated to work out.

Have a specially designated drawer for fitness gear
When you’re in hurry, the last thing you want is to be hunting around for your gym socks. Keep all your exercise clothes in a special drawer so you can find them quickly.

Leave your gym bag by the door
Leaving your gym bag by the door serves two purposes: you always know where it is; and it serves as a gentle reminder that an exercise session might be due.

Put your gym clothes straight into the wash
And last but not least, when you get back from the gym or pool, put your dirty clothes straight in the washer. Nothing is guaranteed to put you off exercising more than having to rummage around in the laundry basket for the least-funky pair of gym socks!

This also a great WW article on how to Shake Up Your Workout Routine  – it has some GREAT tips on changing things up no matter what your activity level.

 

Motivational Quote-

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life – but by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

-Booker T. Washington – American educator, author and politician 

 

Here are some of my fav quotes I have recently come across on Pinterest that motivate me to Exercise 😉

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favorite way to get exercise in?? 

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About Carman

36 year old military wife of 18 years and stay at home mom to 4 incredible kids (3 girls ages 17, 11, 11 and our son is 6). After my 4th, and final baby, I decided I wanted to be more active, healthier, happier, and to be an example to my kids. I joined Weight Watchers and started using the Points Plus program to learn portion control, moderation, and develop healthier habits. I also used the dietSNAPS app to track my meals and it was such a life changer for me to literally *see* what I was putting in my body! Cyndi, Lexy and I created this blog to be accountability partners and that has been a huge key to this journey! I love to cook and I love converting my favorite recipes into a healthier version for my family to enjoy! I love the after effects of exercising :) I love challenging myself to fitness goals to change things up and in doing so I have run numerous 5K/10K's, several half marathons, one full 26.2 marathon, and a Tough Mudder. I love circuit training, weight training, and running sprints. My goal is to inspire others to take their health seriously, and to show how small changes can lead to big results.

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