One tip for finding more time to exercise - step away from the computer!
If you regularly spend an hour or more on Facebook, Pinterest, or just web surfing, set a kitchen timer for 30 minutes. When it rings, walk away from the computer - you've just freed up 30 minutes to exercise. When you're done exercising, guess what?
Your Facebook friends will still be there! And, now you can update your status to say you've just worked out!!!
As a person who frequently walks for exercise, I also suggest changing up the route...it can be as simple as just going the opposite direction from the usual route. You will see a whole different perspective going the other way!
For those who, like me, lose motivation when the scale and/or tape measure doesn't move, I highly recommend Michael Mosley's series on diet and exercise on PBS. The series takes a look at some of the latest research into how diet and exercise effect the body and ways to get the benefits without spending tons of money or excessive time. For me, just learning about the health benefits has provided a great deal of motivation just when I need it most. It is also entertaining and I like the basis in GOOD science to back it up. I found some of the new scientific ways of measuring health and fitness fascinating.
1/14/2013 7:55:54 AM
From personal experience, sadly, I have learned NOT to rely on FAMILY! If you have support beyond that, it may be best to look to those systems........just sayin'......
10/30/2012 3:27:49 AM
This makes me feel so silly, but I would often put off exercise in the morning because my 30 minute resistance training just felt like too much! And then in the evenings after work, I would be too tired to even bother. Breaking it up into 2 x 15 minute programs is such a good idea!
I have been on here for over 3 months, have lost 20 pounds already, but am having to switch it up some on the training I do on certain days. I have been rotating the exercises I have been doing lately so it's not the same as it is every day. But when I first started this, I was forgetting to do a whole exercise because I was so into the routine of always doing them in a set way.
I think it helped me hit that first 20-pound loss because I was changing the program a little. And since I haven't been able to walk since the first 3 weeks after joining, I am ready to get back out there and walk again. I HOPE they take this cast off my leg the frist week of October. This is MY time of year and I love walking outside in fall. So we'll see how getting back to walking my 2 miles a day will switch it up again and see if it gives me my 2nd 20-pound loss!
I think HURDLE #4 is one of the most important for self-motivation; specifically item #3: make rewards for yourself - If others don't congradulate you, congradulate yourself ! It builds up self esteem and lowers any co-dependency ways of thinking. First and foremost, you are doing this for YOU and your health.
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