I hope most of you can relate to this one: working out isn’t easy. Whether you’re new to the fitness world or if you’re a seasoned workout pro, working out and staying fit brings serious challenges along the way. I know for me personally, I really struggle to get myself motivated to get out and do something on a regular basis.
You could blame this on tiredness, health issues, long work weeks, weather etc. But overall you can almost always find a reason not to work out and you basically need to give yourself one every time you find yourself falling off the motivation train. I know for myself, when I fall off the motivation train, I fall off HARD because the couch is always going to be more comfy and pajamas are always going to call my name. But over the last year, I have slowly learned to fight that dragging feeling by coming up with ways to get a little fitness in, despite my need and want to relax. Now, I will not be the kind of blogger that tells you how you need to get fit, eat healthy, or work out 24/7 because that is not what I personally practice. I will always be the kind of blogger who believes that everything in moderation is best and you need to do what works for you.
Let’s be honest, if we could all have our way we would be able to eat pizza and brownies regularly and be rewarded with a shrinking waist line and a toned body. But sadly, that isn’t real life and it means taking things into your own hands and making what you need work for you. What works for me is this: Finding a way to incorporate small amounts of exercise into my everyday life and taking up opportunities that could potentially offer me some cardio or strength building. For me, this works because it doesn’t feel like traditional exercise, I don’t find myself blocking out time but rather adding it in to my routine and I find myself enjoying the challenge without overworking myself. Now I know this won’t work for everyone, which is why I urge you to find the best way that works for you.
Now when it comes to finding ways to work that exercise in, you might have to get creative. I’ve listed a few of my favorites below, I hope you find something here that might work for you:
- Exercising while you work/play: This will depend on your situation, but for me I try to throw in a little working out wherever I can. Example: Squats while cleaning the shower, lunges while waiting for dinner to cook, stretches on work breaks etc. Whenever you find yourself waiting, get in the habit of doing SOMETHING that feels good. Also, don’t write off activities like yard work or chasing the kids around the backyard, because all you need to do is get that heart rate up and get moving!
- Join a Class: Just this year, I have started doing Zumba with my wonderful mother in law once a week. At first it started out as something we would try for fun and before I knew it I was hooked and started looking forward to every class. We go once a week, which means I know once every week I will get at least an hour or two of working out no matter what kind of stress or schedule the week might bring. For the double win, this gives us great time to be social and do something fun together and it’s a great way to meet new people or workout buddies.
- Video Games: You’ve gotta love technology for bringing a wave of video games that encourage us to get up, get moving and have fun. We personally have a Wii U (Wii works great too) and we have bought games that demand you get up and get your heart rate moving. My personal favorite is Wii Fit as it comes packed with a personal trainer, fun cardio related activities and other options such as yoga or core strengthening. This is great for rainy days and can be done with a partner for extra fun! Get the kids involved and make it a family fitness night.
- Walking: It’s easy, it’s free and it’s so, so, SO good for you. Not only does walking tone and tighten the body, you can add up to 7 years to your life just by getting out for 20 minutes per day. It’s great for your heart health, your cardio level, your legs and boosts your mood and energy all in one go! Honestly, if those stats alone don’t make you go for a walk today, I don’t know what will. So if you can, set a goal and get on a walk every single day and see how you feel. Raining out? Walking in place or around the house inside can have the same effects or you could grab a pair of gumboots and an umbrella and play in the rain!
All in all, working out doesn’t have to be a big feat everyday. Start with little workouts here and there and build up to something bigger every couple of days. You might even find you love it more than you thought you would.
Grab a friend, go solo but whatever you do, GET MOVING!