1. Walk everywhere you can. Park your car far from entrances for the extra steps. Take stairs instead of elevators. If you have a lot of stairs; lucky you! Include your dog on walks, he/she will keep you motivated with their pure enthusiasm for walking. No dog? Volunteer at a local animal shelter to walk the dogs. You will be doing something great for yourself and someone who needs a friend.
2. If you sit at a desk all day check out www.stretchclock.com Take frequent breaks and walk around your office. Walk to a co-workers office instead of emailing them. Take your lunch outside if possible and walk around the building. Does your company have a softball team? A 10k training team? A walking group? Maybe you can be the one to start one. Exercising in groups helps to motivate and encourage commitment. If you have time you could go to a noon yoga class nearby (you won’t get too sweaty!) and then eat at your desk.
3. If you already work out and need some inspiration check out Oxygen, my favorite fitness magazine with tons of clean recipes, workouts, and amazing photos that will make you want to workout- I promise!
The approach is no-nonsense and includes very solid, easy to understand information about training and clean eating.
4. Bike, paddle, walk or hike with your friends instead of always going to dinner, drinks or general face stuffing activities. Don’t have friends who like to move? Find some! Check out www.meetup.com in your area and find a group that is doing an activity you’d like to try. It’s global and free! I’ve made some great friends who like to do what I like to do.
5. Try a new or different class or sport at your gym or fitness center, or try a new gym! Check Groupon for offers in your area. Don’t get stuck in the same routine of treadmill, machines, crunches and going home. Your body needs variety and change to confuse your muscles and make them work harder for you. If you are intimidated by the weights, hire a personal trainer for a short (or long) period of time to help you get situated and comfortable with them.
I think Madonna knows her way around the weight room based on those amazing arms
6. “Just do it” sounds cliche but sometimes when I really don’t want to work out but I make myself get dressed and go, I end up having the best workout ever. THIS IS NOT EASY! Plenty of times I would rather sit on my couch writing blog posts while eating sticky balls, but when the endorphins kick in after about 20 minutes, I am sweaty and smiling. Sometimes a new piece of workout clothing or shoes can help. Also great music on my ipod motivates me. Admit it, you know THIS makes you want to move.
7. Maybe you’re the type who needs a clearly defined goal to be motivated. Create one and give yourself a deadline. It doesn’t have to be weightloss, it can be strength, a yoga pose, a smaller pants size. Keep a workout journal and write down what you do everyday to get closer to that goal. Record reps, sets, miles, distance, heart rate, weight lifted or any other info you like. Just the act of writing it down will hold you more accountable. Plus you can look over each week and see how far you’ve come and plan for the future.
Everyone’s body is different and certain physical activities are more appealing and suitable for some than others. I do not like running. I never have. That’s OK, I can get my cardio hiking hills. For others, they hate the idea of going into a gym and being around all that equipment. That’s OK too, there are several things you can do at home or outside to attain muscle mass. I happen to love the gym!
Find 3, 4 or 5 activities that make YOU feel good and switch it up often. Yoga is a great activity for everyone to try whether you’re an athlete or new at working out. Be safe, stay consistent, keep your goals in front of you and enjoy the freedom of moving your body.