Monday, April 21, 2008

Excuse #2: I'm not motivated to exercise

So you want to feel better, look better, maybe even live longer--with a quality of life worth living for. But you lack motivation to get off your butt and do what needs to be done, eh?

I know someone who's motivated by what she calls "scooter people". The folks who can no longer walk much so they get around on their Rascals. If you are inactive and gaining a few pounds every year, imagine yourself in 5, 10, 30 years from now. The sooner you address your health, the easier it will be to get in shape.

Things to help motivate you are:
  • find a workout buddy and hold each other accountable
  • hire a trainer. You're paying someone to get you safely moving and you're less likely to waste your appointment (and cash) lazing on the couch.
  • a picture is worth a thousand words. Do you have photos of what you used to look like? Post them at the fridge, your cube, your bathroom mirror, next to your alarm clock. Anywhere you need a reminder of what you're working towards.
  • do something you enjoy. I personally think the gym is boring, but I love dancing, hiking, cycling, walking. Nothing appeals to you? Give something a try for 10 minutes. You may find it's not so bad after all!
  • sneak it in. Walk or cycle to work, to run errands, or visit friends. You're active, multitasking and being green.
  • take a fitness class. Classes can be a fun, economical and social way to get moving. Plus the instructor can challenge you more than what you might do on your own. My friend Sara is taking all kinds of classes lately. Tumbling for adults, trapeze classes, pilates. You can sign up for soccer, adult dodge ball, square dancing.
Move it to lose it! Have fun and share your ideas!

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