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When it is very cold outside, the transition from being inside to going outside is easier if your body is already warmed up. Therefore, doing a full warm-up routine inside before heading out the door can make Winter running less painful. Of course, you need appropriate Winter running clothing as well. My indoor warmup consists of 5 minutes of walking around the house, including up and down the stairs, followed by a series of five dynamic warm-up exercises (Google dynamic warmup).
To keep moving, one doesn't always have to be "exercising". There are many non-exercise activities that also involve the body: making music on an instrument, singing, house-cleaning, playing with pets or kids...
For awhile, having my email accessible right by the bed, I would check new mail during a middle-of-the-night wake-up. What a mistake! Several times, the content of an email would get my mind whirling leading to sleeplessness. Therefore, I now refuse to look at email from bedtime to wakeup time in the morning and my sleep has been much better as a result.
Because of restricted calories for weight-loss goals, hunger used to keep me awake in the middle of the night. Now I budget calories for a nutrition bar during a middle of the night wake-up. I fall right back to sleep afterwards.
Much of the collected "wisdom" about exercise is questionable. One study says one thing while another study refutes it. So much of the exercise world is dominated by competitive sports or the profit motive. Neither of these spheres have the well-being of the individual as their central motivation. Therefore, exercise your OWN way. Feel free to ignore the advice and rules. Move at your own pace, in your own way, when it makes sense to you. Listen to your own mind and body.
Figure out what works for you here on SparkPeople. Establish your own presence. There are so many different ways to use Spark. Your way of using Spark might be different than someone else's. That is fine.
I have about 24 "Other Goals" on Spark People. Do I actually accomplish every single goal every day? No! But having so many goals listed there allows me to do two wonderful things: 1) I can read them every day, reminding myself of my ideal day. 2) There are always more than 5 of them that I can honestly check off for having accomplished, thus maximizing my spark points and feeling the glow of accomplishment.
Remember the positive role models that your grew up with. Even if most of the people in your life growing up were not taking care of themselves, if there was even one person who modeled a positive, healthy way to live, then you had a role model. Cherish those memories and the power that they give you now in your own health journey.
Great exercise can be free. And that fact in itself adds motivation for me to exercise. When I exercise to a great free online video, or get a long walk in a local park, I get that same kick that I get when I find a good book for peanuts in a thrift shop, or wonderful pants in a second hand store. Getting down on the floor for push-ups, sit-ups, planks, etc. is FREE and it brings great value. I am getting something for nothing!
When I started my weight-loss and health improvement journey, I knew that I would be eating less than before, so I decided that I was going to enjoy what I ate more. I was going to choose only quality foods that I really loved and savor them even more. Focusing on the quality of my eating made the change to healthy eating more fun and positive.