I've been pondering on what to share here on this week's post, and I decided that since this is the beginning of a new challenge, some of you may be struggling with putting together an exercise plan. You may even be wondering how in the world you can fit 45 minutes of exercise into your already over-scheduled and busy day. I want you to know that you are not alone. Making the time for exercise is hard - and sometimes it's much easier to say "there isn't time," "I'm too tired" or "it's selfish to take that time for myself." I have said those things before (I almost convinced myself of the "too tired" one last night). It's all about priorities and making the decision ahead of time that you WILL workout - no excuses!!!
I have a real LOVE-HATE relationship with exercise. I LOVE how I feel after a good hard workout. But, for the most part, I HATE actually doing the workout. I know, it's a little counterintuitive. You would think that the rush of endorphins that relieves my stress, clears my mind and fills me with self-confidence would be enough to get me springing out of bed at the butt-crack of dawn eager to "feel the burn." And, that used to almost be true. A year or so ago, I could set my alarm for 5 am, get up and really enjoy the peace of working out with NO ONE bothering me. Lately, that's not happening. I'm not sure if I'm just getting older, lazier or if it's because I now work at nights, but I can barely roll out of bed in time to throw some bread in the toaster, butter it and shove my kids out the front door to catch the bus at 7:35 am. It's a little ridiculous, and I've had a hard time convincing myself that doing it later in the morning while my 2 year old watches Yo Gabba Gabba is okay (this may have something to do with having to listen to that most annoying of children's shows for 45 minutes!)
The other problem with working out later in the day is…I have soooo much more time to make excuses for why I am too busy or too tired to do it. In order to combat that negativity, I've made a list of the reasons why I HAVE to find the time and the energy to make it happen AT LEAST 5 days a week. Here are my reasons…
One of the best ways to ensure I get my exercise is to plan to do it with a friend. I exercise with someone else (Dianne) at least twice a week (sometimes 3 times a week), and I play basketball and volleyball on Wednesday nights. That really only leaves me 1 or 2 days a week that I have to force (motivate) myself to do it alone!! Those are the days I use "the list!" I highly recommend you make your own list for those days when you need the extra incentive to hit the gym, the treadmill, the pool, etc. Feel free to share your motivators below!! How do you work it into your busy schedules? When is your favorite time to exercise? What are your ideas for creating a successful fitness plan? I'd LOVE to hear your suggestions!!
P.S. My husband reminded me that one of my personal goals (not his) is for me to feel confident and comfortable enough with my body to wear a bikini. (I chose not to include that in the list above because it's more of a perk, not a motivator).
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