Finding Motivation to Workout

I haven’t exercised since I got back from Ragnar. I have been giving my body time to recover from running and from the flu bug I got. As of yesterday I feel back to 90% so I MUST stop making excuses and get back to my workout routine. I don’t know about the rest of you but I often have days when I just don’t want to lace up my shoes and go workout. In honor of my lack luster desire to go to the gym this morning, I’ve decided to compile a list of things that help me get my workout in when I really don’t want to.

1. If you workout in the morning, get up and immediately put on your gym clothes. I find that if I have my clothes on I am much less likely to skip a sweat session since I’m already dressed for it.

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2. Download some new music or a podcast to your MP3 player. I get really excited to listen to my favorite podcasts, but I only allow myself to listen to them while I’m working out. This motivates me to get to the gym or out for a run so I can listen!

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3. Make a goal. The goal needs to be very specific. I was much better about getting all my workouts in while I was training for my half marathon. My goal was to run (without walking) a half marathon on October 13, 2012. I was REALLY excited about my goal and don’t think I skipped a single workout during my training. If you have never done a race before, I highly suggest finding a local 5k and signing up. Races are tons of fun and a great way to get outside with others who care about their health and fitness.

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4. Workout with a friend. Working out with friends is not only fun but it holds you accountable to be there when you said you would.  You are much more likely to stick to a workout program if you have a partner to join you.

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5. Join in on a group class at the gym. This is usually my go-to tip when I don’t feel like exercising. Group classes are SO fun. Zumba, kickboxing, Bodypump, yoga, barre, spinning, etc. There are TONS of classes to chose from and they are great motivation to work a little harder since I generally don’t want to look like a chump in front of a bunch of people!

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6. Find an image that motivates you to stick to your goals and put it somewhere you will see it. I had an image of a woman crossing the finish line of a race on my bathroom mirror. I couldn’t dream of skipping a workout when I looked at that image. I REALLY wanted to be like the girl in the picture and the only way to get there was to tie up my shoe laces and go run.

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7. When all else fails and you STILL don’t feel like working out skip it do it anyway! Sometimes it is a matter of sheer willpower. In the words of Nike, “Just Do It!” Don’t think about it, just get out the door and do it. I would bet that once you get 15-20 minutes into your workout, you’ll be feeling good and working hard. The hardest part about exercise is starting. It’s all downhill from there. I have had many days when I didn’t want to run or go to the gym but I have NEVER once regretted a workout.

So what are you waiting for? Lace up those shoes and start sweating!

It’s Finally Here!

I got a VERY exciting package in the mail this afternoon!

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I’ve mentioned a few time that my iPhone broke about a month ago. It was beyond repair and I lost everything on it. All my phone numbers, calendar, pictures, everything was gone. Needless to say, it was a very sad day and I have learned my lesson and will back everything up in the future!

We are poor grad students and a new iPhone just wasn’t in the budget. Luckily for me, my Dad was looking forward to upgrading to the iPhone5 and I asked if I could have his iPhone4. He agreed but his new phone was on backorder till mid October. In the meantime I’ve been using a crappy craperson dumb phone. It didn’t even have a camera (gasp!).

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This is my dad!!  He is the coolest guy ever!

You can imagine my excitement when the nice mail lady knocked on my door and asked for my signature. I ripped that package open and let out a little giggle of happiness when I saw the iPhone box! The package also included a “light saber” for Dax. Dad, you should know by now sending 1 of something causes problems! Everett Michael was not happy. Winking smile

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Next order of business; head over to the At&t store to activate my new-to-me phone. I cannot wait to have my apps back: mapmyrun, instagram, twitter, nikeworkouts, etc. Not to mention taking pictures and video on the go. It’s like Christmas morning up in here!


What are some of your favorite fitness apps?