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.
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.
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.
“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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