I used to HATE exercising. Really hate it. And then I found Zumba and fell in love! When I have to miss class, I feel like a privilege has been taken away from me. So my secret is that I found something that makes me feel like it's so much fun that I am missing out when I can't do it!
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Whenever I don't feel like exercising, I remember what I read on someone's blog once , , "Exercise is a privilege." Consider yourself blessed that you are able to still walk, run, and exercise, when so many others cannot due to age, illness, or handicap. It really make you not want to abuse the privilege!
Rather than take away a privilege, my children earn their privileges. Everyday they are expected to cooperate. They can earn up to 9 sticks in a day (3 sticks 3x a day) If they earn 6/9 sticks they earn privileges for the next day. If not, the following day is very boring but they can try again!
They earn up to 3 sticks for each portion of the day by being cooperative. When they reach 6 sticks they get to choose privileges they enjoy like time with a parent, extra stories, hot lunch, etc. I think this could work for grown-ups too--Hence the brilliant sparkpoints we earn9
I'm aware that not everyone has the privilege to workout in the comfort of their own home but havin exercise equipment such as an elliptical or treadmill, & strength training DVD's, like P90X or Jillian Michaels' is so convenient. Havin the option to simply go workout in your basement with your favorite series/show/movie on makes it that much easier to workout. Plus, not havin to go outside & drive in the cold makes it more motivating to get your fitness on bc you don't have a reason not to.
I understand that purchasing an exercise machine is costly but memberships can be quite spendy too! I got a Gold's Gym Stride Trainer 500 (Elliptical) on Craig'sList for $125, P90X on C.L. too for $60, & I have both of Jillian's workout vids for $10each. My membership at Lifetime is $60/month.
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