Healthy Series: August Exercise!

I guess this is going to be a floating series for the time being. I am trying to get it in on Thursdays, but it just doesn’t seem to work out. My schedule is all over the place right now.

August (yeah I know its already the 10th) is my month of “exercise” focused posts.

Today — Fitting in Exercise.

I am really bad about getting my exercise into my schedule. I try, I really do, but I often don’t have the motivation. Especially with everything we have going on lately it has been incredibly difficult to find both time and motivation. I find that I am most motivated when I don’t have time and not motivated at all when I have all the time in the world. Go figure.

These are my top tips for actually getting your fitness routine in gear and keeping up with it!

1 – Make it a Date/Meeting.
Actually mark off time on your schedule or calendar to exercise. Make a date with yourself to exercise and stick to it. If you have it marked off on your calendar, you are more likely to actually do it. Even better, make a date with someone else…a personal trainer, your spouse/significant other, or a friend. Its even hard to blow off someone else than it is to blow off yourself!

2 – Be Realistic.
Don’t try to do too much or squeeze in a workout when you know you won’t have time or won’t feel like it. I KNOW I don’t do mornings so while all the tips that say, “get up an hour early”, are great…Its not a Hannah thing and just won’t happen for me. Know yourself, know your schedule and put the time in where it will actually happen.
Also, don’t overload yourself to start off. If its one hour a week to begin with, then do one hour that week. You can build up and fit it in when you are able to. If you try to do too much you might fall into a failure fallacy issue where you can’t do everything you’ve scheduled so you don’t do any.

3 – Be Prepared.
Pack your clothes the night before. Wear your workout clothes to bed. Put your gym clothes in your car. Map out your run the night before. Print out a plan for your strength workout.
In other words, do what you have to do to make it easier to get up and get out without the excuse of “I don’t have a route” or I don’t know what to do, etc.

If you need strength workouts I suggest checking out these sites:

toneitup.com
runnersworld.com
womenshealth.com
mensfitness.com

If you need workout clothes, try:
Target C9 by Champion
Your local Marshall’s, Ross, or TJ Maxx
The infamous lululemon (they are expensive, but it lasts!) and they make my favorite sports bra (TaTa Tamer II)!
Ellie.com or Fabletics.com

For shoes:
Whatever works for you, but try visiting your local running store to find what fits your foot best. I highly recommend splurging on shoes. You will not regret it, especially if you have foot issues like I do.

For routes:
Try Google Maps, Mapquest, or MapMyRun/MapMyWalk.

…see, no more excuses!

4 – Have fun.
Seriously, have some fun. Plan one work-out a week that is just fun for you. Do you like Zumba or another fitness class? Are you into yoga for relaxation? Plug a movie or tv show into your TV or iPad and just droll away. Just get moving. And, try to have some fun with it.

I also like to set challenges and goals for myself. Whether its a race I’m training for, or a speed I’d like to run. I do a lot of interval training on the treadmill and like to challenge myself to hold a faster pace for a little longer each time.
Maybe you’re into yoga and want to get a new position/move or hold a position/move longer?

5 – Just Do It.
Just get up and move. Do something? Did you plan an hour run and don’t feel up for it, get 15 minutes in. You might surprise yourself and get that full hour done. 😉

How do you stay motivated and find time for exercise?

~H

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