I am trying to use winter itself as motivation. I run outside at Spring Valley Park and I try to think - A: That I am so dedicated that I am willing to run in this foul weather and it won't stop me. B: If I am learning to run in this mess then I will be an awesome runner when there is an actual trail to run on.
Edited by: TALMADGEMONROE at: 12/26/2010 (21:19)
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Spring Valley Park is over in the Parchment Area off of Mt. Olivet.
I did yoga last winter at the Nature Center but my new position has me working later making it impossible to get there on time. I did enjoy that.
I also do some strength training but at home but am having some shoulder issue so taking it easy. Already had one shoulder worked on two years ago which I think was caused by doing Body Pump at SWAT. Ripped my rotator cuff. So we'll see but still trying.
Well don't forget the 1/1/11 John Daly run at Spring Valley Park. It is only 2.2 miles around and it is always cold but a good time to get out on New Year's Day at 1 p.m. Check it out. You can sign up at Gazelle.
Well, spark has sparked a motivation in me...specifically this Kzoo team, and the idea of doing a 5k...even though I didn't make it for the turkey trot, I *did* do the downtown Kzoo Run in the Lights 5k, my first.
I've challenged myself to do the lose5% winter challenge, and doubly motivated, because it ends a week before my birthday in early Feb.
As to daily motivation, shoveling snow is actually something I look forward to as a way to help out my folks, *AND* get my work-out in when I might not be persuaded to go outside for it otherwise.
I may join a club again (used to go to SWAT in Oshtemo) and I'm going for a run right now, since it's sunny (doing 5k, by myself this time) and use stationary bike and do yoga and aerobics at home, some of it in front of tv...it gets old unless there's something funny on, then it's fun...I try and watch Stewart and Colbert while pedaling; was thinking about doing stair runs from basement to first floor, depending on how that works out, and adding some X-country skiing this weekend (La Nina means lotsa snow this winter)
I am trying to exercise twice a day, but mornings have mostly eluded me so far. I'm a total night owl, so when y'all said get up at 4:30...that's when I'm goin' to bed lately, though I need to change that (bad insomnia obviously, because I've been dislocated out of my room which had a window to one that doesn't, temporarily)
Thanks Kzoo sparkers for the personal, local touch; I might not have been so motivated without your posts! :)
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I have made a routine of getting up at 4:30 a.m. and hitting the treadmill for at least an hour. I also shoot for 12-15k steps daily so this is a good start towards that goal as well. It has to be a part of a daily routine for me.
In the winter i find myself less motivated to get up in the morning and go to the gym. I know I am not alone either. While all of us are trying to get fit and healthy we sometimes hit a wall... a cold wintery one this time of year.
What do you find motivates you to go to the gym or work out at home? How do you make the time in your busy life to do it?
For me i find that if i go to bed early and wake up at 5am to go to the gym I can fit a work out in... even if its only for 30-45 minutes. My motivation is wanting to better myself- my health- and living a long long time.
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