Every time you succeed in doing something you struggle with doing (EX. exercising, drinking daily quota of water, avoiding fattening foods) give yourself a Spark Goodie and send a message telling yourself how proud you are of your accomplishment.
I started a workout challenge to stay active while at home. I called it the World Cup Challenge. Every day I changed the rules depending on my mood. On days I didn't feel like doing anything, I told myself, "Just do 10 minutes to complete today's challenge!" I kept this up for 32 days, the duration of the World Cup. Just enough time to make daily workouts a habit.
I try to get my exercise in the morning before all of my crazy kids wake up and the house is peaceful. I find that if I sleep in my workout clothes then I'm less likely to shrug it off and hit the snooze. Morning workouts help me feel energized for the day and motivates me to stay on track all day.
In order to work up to my goal of 5,000 steps in a day, I do a few things.
I've been sedentary. Just getting up and moving about is a plus. But I found an app recently by Joseph Clough entitled Free Hypnosis with 18-20 minute sessions. I believe you can relax and access your subconscious during repetitive moments so I get into a stomping Native Dance mode. Then I close my eyes to listen while I envision all I can. So far, it's been extremely easy to do my "Mini Moving Its" this way. It's like a vacation get away to positive. And who doesn't need that?
A secret for success in my life regarding health and fitness has been the use of SparkPeople as a way of connecting with others, throughout the world, who are in the same boat as I. This community of supportive believers in good health through diet and exercise has been for me a well-house of information, support and great conversation. I have been able to connect with people who have the same interests as I and who support me and encourage me in my diet and exercise goals.
so you're feeling like the couch is your best bet today huh? wrong! Come the end of today you'll feel restless and will be saying "I wish I'd walked/cycled/swam" (whatever)
Commit to exercise, but at a pace your body is willing to handle. There's a difference between "laziness" and a day when working out will hurt more than help. Sometimes you need to take a break for a day and then come back to it.
We all have those days, every now and then, when we JUST. DON'T. FEEL. LIKE. IT. It, being anything---especially working out. Instead of doing nothing at all, do a short, 15 minute workout circuit.
I use the SparkSummary Calendar found in My Trackers; Reports; Weights and Other Reports; My SparkSummary Calendar to notice trends in eating and exercise. If I don't lose as much as I think I should I look at my patterns to determine how I can adjust for even more success!
Whenever I feel that I have problems out of control and find myself filled with negative thoughts I go for a walk in sun light and fresh air. Imagine that you are throwing the negative energy you have inside. Raise you head high to feel the sun light in your face and get fresh air in. Then run to break the stress. After that try to think and find solutions for your problems. Even if you didn't find a solution you will find yourself have the power to face it.
When I'm studying I have a habit of wandering off to time wasting websites or just getting distracted from school. One of the tools I use to refocus is to do a few pushups to get my blood flowing again.
I had an illness many years ago which left me basically with incredible muscle fatigue. I gained a lot of weight (lost, gained, lost, gained). Over the past few years I have been able to get myself on track by FINDING MY FOCUS. What do I really want? I want to be healthier, stronger, feel better. I think the last one *to feel better* was the key. The more I focus on THAT thought, the more motivated I seem to become. It isn't easy when you have 'pounds' to lose in the seemingly uphill battle.
Having some kind of activity monitor - a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, and currently, my Fitbit has really helped me to keep track of how much I move. Some days, I reach my goal without realizing it and other days I haven't moved as much as I thought. It is a great way to motivate yourself to get out and exercise.
Back in June this year (2013) I made the decision to walk every day. Little did I know the benefits that would follow. I began with 15 minutes, and now sometimes walk for more than 4 miles. Little by little with the help of Spark and a walking team I have extended my distance. Friends are commenting on how well and fit I look - even though I'm not yet at my goal weight. Get walking. Get looking at your surroundings - and you will blossom too.
I work at home in front of the computer all day. So I take a cue from my dog. She wants to go outside to just be outside. I join her and just walk around while she is sniffing and "securing the perimeter". Sometimes I pull weeds from the cracks in the patio, sometimes I do 10 jumping jacks, sometimes I pick up poop (ugh), and sometimes I just walk with her. Then we play fetch a couple times. After that 5 minute break I'm refreshed and ready to get back to work.
While listening to Spark Radio I sit in my chair and act like I'm walking. It is good chair exercise. Each SP Radio slot is approximately 5 - 10 min or more and it's a great way to get cardio in. Believe me after that 5 - 10 min you will feel the burn in your legs even while sitting down. Another great way to add even more cardio to the mix is move those arms. Up, down, all around. WooHoo!!!!!
Establish a reward cycle when you start to exercise by showering with an extravagant shower gel that you ONLY use after exercise. I did this when starting out and I still love to stand in the shower basking in the wonderful aroma, exercise endorphins, and the feeling of virtue and nurturing from taking care of myself by exercise.
Whenever I have really stressful day, I be sure to hit the gym! I can be really tempted to just go home and crash on the couch, but I know that the stress and frustration will just build. Not only will I be more likely to eat more, but I'll probably stay up way too late. The key is to go to the gym immediately after work. Even if I don't feel like running or using a machine, I'll find a class.