My friend and I take turns making interval workout challenges for each other for the week. We do the workouts on our own, but check in with each other. There's nothing like knowing your friend is completing the workouts to keep you motivated.....I certainly don't want to be the one who phones it in first! We check in with each other which keeps us accountable.
I've had a lifelong struggle with my weight. This time I decided I would do things I have never done before in my effort to lose weight, and win my battle for good.
Whenever I'm doing a particularly hard workout and I want to stop, whether it's on the elliptical, running, or strength training, I tell myself "just get to the halfway mark and don't worry about the rest." I push myself through to 50%, then suddenly it seems like there's not much left and I can easily get to the end without stopping. This always helps me!
I don't like drinking water but I find it's a lot easier when I actually exercise! When you're really thirsty after a workout or after sweating a bit, you tend to want water rather than a sugary drink since it quenches your thirst better. Helps motivate me to work out AND drink water!
I have always struggled with exercising. Since using videos on Netflix and Exercise on Demand through my cable provider, I can now workout on my schedule and mix it up. There are a variety of workouts that keep me motivated and keep me from getting bored with exercise!
Making the daily commitment to daily exercise has truly been the turning point for me. I have tried for 20-30 years to get a consistent "right" mindset. No matter how hard I tried in the past, I would always 'fall off track' for one reason or another. Making the "JUST DO IT" motto a part of my daily routine has truly been the trick.
I workout at home a lot and my way of getting my workouts in is to just commit to the first 5 minutes. Even if you dont feel like it just tell yourself "Im only doing 5 minutes and if I still doing feel like working out I'll turn it off" Every time that I've done that I end up doing the whole video. Once you get through the warm up section time just flies by because you're having fun. :)
My workout goal for the last month was 60 minutes each day. What seemed like a good idea was a really big mistake. I ended up dreading it, never found the time, made excuses not to, and never did it. So I'm changing my workout to a much more friendly 20 minutes.
After you work out, wash your sports bra in the bathroom sink and drape it over a towel to dry. The next day, you'll see it hanging there all fresh and clean, and you'll be motivated to put it on and work out again!
Before you go to bed, set out your workout clothes and sneakers in a place where you can't miss them in the morning. Having your gear all ready to go makes it easier to get dressed in a jiffy, and be out the door on your jog before you can think of excuses to skip the workout!
How this trick helps me to keep motivated in my workouts AND keep my long distance relationship strong!
As a stay at home mom and generally busy woman around the house, taking 60 minutes or more at a time for workouts is impossible. So I have learned to break my workouts into 20 minute bites at a time. 20 minutes is perfect with at least 8 oz of water right after.
When you're working out doing whatever is your routine, don't stop when it starts to hurt. Even tho your legs are burning, your abs have that knot in it, or you feel like you're about to die on that treadmill - PUSH THRU! That uncomfy feeling is your body changing (for the better!)
For business (and pleasure) I tend to travel. A LOT. A quick solution for weight training - Instead of carrying around your dumbbells carry around two water bottles instead. A 20oz weighs 2.5 pounds. Bring them empty on the plane and fill them when you get to your destination. Fit in any workout!
When you work out (and only once you've warmed up), do your least favourite bit of your exercise plan FIRST. You'll have enough energy to get through it, and then you'll have sufficient endorphins to get you through the rest of the work out.
When your alarm goes off in the morning for an early workout, throw your blanket/duvet/comforter off your body before you have a chance to think about it. That way, when your mind starts to argue to stay in bed, your body will have to get up because otherwise you'll get cold lying where you are.
It doesn't matter what you do, just MOVE! I say "anything is better than slouching on the couch" for example: I really like jumping, so I do jumping jacks for about 5-10 minute than I move on to a different exercise.