I know this sounds obvious, but what works for me is doing a workout I love. I have a friend who hates running but does it all the time - it's awful for her. I recently started practicing Tae Kwon Do for the first time ever at the age of almost 30, and I absolutely love it. Not to mention, it's empowering to know I can defend myself if I have to do so. I look forward to those intense, grueling workouts several times a week - I almost never miss a workout.
When I began exercising, there were so many programs I wanted to try! We'd go broke purchasing every single workout DVD out there, right? So, instead of buying them, I get them free on YouTube. Although not every program is there, you can find several popular ones including: Zumba, Leslie Sansone, Denise Austin, Tae-Bo, P90X, The Tracy Anderson Method, Insanity... You can also do what I did, create a personalized playlist of the videos you like best for a customized, FREE workout!
It's fifteen minutes before I have to pick my husband up, one of the grankids is scurrying about and the house still needs vacuuming. I stand on my tip toes and suck in my stomach and start moving the vacuum. Wow I had a workout for sure. Calf raises, crunches and moving the furniture for my arms. All this from vacuuming. There are so many mini workouts we can do throughout the day without people even recognizing it. Sometimes family just wants our attention and the chores are overwhleming.
I've found the best time to decide if I'm going to exercise is about 20 minutes into a routine! When I don't feel like getting started, I have a good, firm talk with myself, and head out (or start the DVD). Sure enough, in 15 or 20 minutes, I'm feeling great and wanting to continue!
I've found that by taking my B-vitamin supplement around 11am with my midmorning snack helps me avoid that "2pm crash" that usually hits after I've worked out the same morning. No caffeine, no energy drinks!
When I find myself reaching for an unplanned snack, I sneak in 10 minutes of cardio (even if it's just a brisk walk up & down my hallway). By the end of it, I usually don't want the snack, and I've boosted my calorie burn for the day.
I always keep a little notepad and pen in my gym bag, not only to jot down how many minutes I spent on cardio equipment and what weights I did, but also whether I had any pain issues, found some exercise unusually difficult, discovered a cool new way to use the balance ball, etcetera. That helps me transfer stuff to SP later, because my memory isn't what it used to be! :)
The secret of successful workouts is to have a variety of DVD's to choose from and rotate through to keep the muscles confused and your brain motivated. Treat yourself to lots of DVD's not only for variety, also as a reward.
Each week I write down a weekly schedule hanging on a dry erase board next to my couch (so on my lazy days I know its staring right at me). I write down all the things I have to do (like work and appointments) and schedule all my workouts, including the times.
Design a few circuits of intense exercise moves like jumping jacks, high-knees, running in place, jump lunges, plyo squats, running stairs, boxing punches or whatever you like. Repeat circuits as needed. Only about 15 minutes day a you will feel great.
I learned to be one with the exercise (LOL). I go to the gym just to hang out and I always end up in somebody's class. I've tried all kinds of things ... zumba, spin, water aerobics, weight lifting, treadmills, ellipticals, and Tae Kwondo. I can't wait to try belly dancing! It's the newest class.
There are times you just don't feel like working out, but crank up some up beat music and feel the energy! It's the same when your heading to workout or during your workout. Put on something that really gets your blood pumping and give it your all, I do.