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Welcome to the inside of my brain. Here, I share experiences, tips, tricks and fun things I've learned during my weight loss journey. 

  • Gail Ballin

10 Tips to Get you Motivated to Workout

Getting motivated to work out is sometimes a struggle, even for the most enthusiastic exerciser. Here are a few tips to help get you moving, even when you don’t want to:

1-Remember that this is for you. It’s important to carve out time for yourself everyday. Sometimes exercise is the only time you may have for some self decompression. If that’s the case, then make the extra effort to get out there and move. You are SO worth the effort.

2-Think about how good you’re going to feel. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins – those delicious ‘feel good’ hormones. After you’ve had a good workout, you’re guaranteed to feel good emotionally and physically.

3-Consider the impact on your health. Most physicians encourage diet and exercise because of the impact that it has on improved health. The more you move, the better you’ll feel and the healthier you will get. Before I started my weight loss journey, I was on medication for blood pressure and cholesterol. Since losing the weight, I’m off all meds and I feel fantastic!

4-Schedule your workouts in advance so you’re committed. If you mark your calendar and commit to a set date/time to workout then make it non-negotiable. Hold yourself accountable.

5-Remember your end goal – good health. Good health is something to strive for everyday, not just when you are in weight loss mode. Working out isn’t something you’re only going to do when you’re losing weight. It’s part of your new lifestyle. Embrace it.

6-Change up your routine. If you usually work out in the morning, try going in the evening or if you run, try a group exercise class. Change things up so you’re not bored. I find that taking an evening class once in awhile breaks up the monotony and provides greater challenges.

7-Find a workout buddy. If it’s hard to commit to yourself, then commit to someone who will hold you accountable. In addition, working out with a friend can make it a lot more fun! My daughter and boyfriend join me at the gym when they can fit it into their schedules. However, when they are not available, I love seeing my friends during class, even early in the morning!

8-Create a fab play list. Put together a playlist of your favorite music. Choose music that motivates to get you moving. If you’re not sure what to pick, then think of music that would make you want to dance around your kitchen. That’s a good place to start.

9-Invest in some cute workout gear. When you have the right clothing and shoes, you feel better about yourself which will motivate you to get out and move, plus, you’ll move easier and be more flexible. When I’m at the store I look for workout clothes more often than any other type of clothing. Likely because I spend so much time at the gym. That makes me smile.

10-Get into a routine. We are creatures of habit, so get into a routine and stick with it. My routine? I go to class at 5:30 AM 4 days per week and then at 8:30 AM on Saturdays. I get 1-2 rest days per week but even on those days I’m moving and burning calories outside of the gym.

More often than not, the biggest obstacle to working out is your mind. You will try to convince yourself not to go and you will come up with a million and one excuses to get out of it. There’s one wonderful reason why you should stick to your commitment though – YOU! You’re worth it.

Bee healthy. Bee happy.

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