Thursday, January 21, 2010
I use a lot of strategies to get and keep motivated, and I work to bust my own excuses. I started off slow and easy, with doable workouts that don't hurt. I began exercising by doing 10 minutes of targeted strength training and 10 or so minutes of cardio, EVERY DAY, because I had been telling myself that I only had that much time to spare. I read a lot of articles and other resources found here on SP. I incorporate enjoyable activity into my life, like walking my son to school, and dancing with my 2-year-old daughter. The more I move, the MORE I want to keep moving. I promise myself I can stop after 10 or 15 minutes, if I REALLY don't feel up to it, when I'm on the treadmill. I have a friendly challenge with myself, whether it's to see how far I can go in 30 minutes, or how fast I can go 1 mile or 2 miles. I have a goal to be able to do 20 standard push-ups, by doing incline push-ups on a lower step of my stairs, every time I master my current step. I reward myself with new workout gear. I also have plans for when my current work-out starts to bore me. I have DVD's for short total-body workouts, DVD's for dance type workouts, like belly dancing and Salsa. I have EA Sports Active for the Wii. I'm considering finding a 5k event to enter, this summer. I also visualize how I'm going to look and feel, once I've reached my goal weight by eating right and moving my body. I want to be able to "do more of the things I love" and not be tired all the time. I want to lead by example, especially for my kids.
If you look, you will find the answers that work for you.