(Funny we wore the same colors to class yesterday!)
I received several emails from you last week looking for sources of motivation or my personal tricks to getting back into a workout routine.
Unfortunately even though I battle the same laziness, I don’t have a fool-proof solution.
What I have found to help ignite the fire under my spandex is to just do it: whatever I can do to get my body in motion and my heart rate up for 1 hour. At the end of that hour I restrain myself from any sort of critical hindsight of not working hard enough and simply give myself a pat on the back for sticking to my guns and moving for the hour.
The result is usually that somewhere around day 3 I start to intensify my exercise as I see and feel the results of day 1 and 2.
In the first few days, I have a couple things I do to get moving that lead me to the point where I can workout independently. I usually start with a yoga class because there’s no cardio involved. The next day I’ll hit up a group fitness weight lifting class so I can use light weights and start burning some fat. I treat myself to private studio classes to get excited about the workout (Above is an unmotivated and sweaty me after a BLAST900 in Atlanta. Click here to find a class that sounds fun in your town and a list of my favorites.) Day 3 I’ll go for a 3-5 mile jog/walk/run/lunge, basically whatever I feel like doing in the park in that 1.5 hours. If I have access to an enjoyable spin class, I’ll do that. Finally, by the end of the week, I’ll be ready for a session with my boxing trainer to push me over the edge. Now I’m exhausted and either take a day off or go to yoga. When Monday rolls around again, I gladly head to the gym and either lift weights on my own or with my trainer.
None of this is right or wrong or ideal for “training my body to burn fat.” What it does is allow me to enjoy the activity of exercise so my mind and body can re-learn the value and rewards.
So if you have the “I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna” in your head, here’s your challenge:
Commit 1 hour, 5 days this week, to some sort of physical activity. A walk, a run, a ride, sitting on the bike reading a magazine, lifting weights while watching tv, anything. THEN, do 50 squats and 30 pushups. As many as you can on your toes and then drop down to your knees. THEN add 50 crunches. DONE! That’s it. You might not even break a sweat. But you did get your heart rate up, burn some calories, boost your metabolism, and relieve some sort of emotional angst. Job well done lady.Tweet this!