Friday, June 1, 2012

Ways to trick your self into exercising

I will admit there are times when I don't want to exercise especially since I wake up several hours before the sun rises. Although it is habit now and I feel a little lost if I don't do it there are times when the alarms goes off and I want to roll over and go back to bed instead of go workout.

I have learned how to "trick my self into exercising" over the years. (Thanks Jackie for keying this phrase)

Get dressed-When your alarm goes off or when you are getting ready to go, get dressed all the way down to your shoes. Also don't forget to brush your teeth. I tell myself some mornings that if I still feel like a zombie after that process then I will lay back down and sleep for a few minutes. I never do.

Meet a friend- This has been the heavy hitter for me. I am so blessed  to find people who are reliable workout partners. It is in my personality not to let others down so if I have a reliable person waiting on me it takes a lot for me not to show. This has been one of the greatest reasons for my success in my own exercise endeavors and why I have successfully trained for so long. I have reliable people by my side with the same desires and goals that I have. How do you find a good workout partner? Who do you see our running at the same time, or working out at the same time at the gym? I would start there. Always get to know someone pretty well before training with them.

Sign up for a class- Although I am not taking or teaching classes right now this was something that used to keep me going. Try to find a class that fulfills a need even deeper than exercise. For example if you like to dance then Zumba may be your thing. Find a social network within the class settings and encourage each other.

Buy a gym membership- This doesn't work for everyone but it will for the frugally minded folks who find it a hard to spend me :)

Put music in your ears- If you workout to a certain type of music then get dressed like stated above and put your music in your ears. It can put you in the mood mentally.

Go to bed early- Even with all the tricks in the book, if you are trying to get up early but go to bed late that is pure sabotage. Find a reason and a way to hit the sack at a decent time. If you are a chronic night owl and know that early mornings are not in your system then plan it later on in the day. Get it in at a time that you have found to be successful in the past.

Happy Healthy Eating!

- Susan

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1 comment:

nuts4knits said...

Your site is a treasure trove! Thank you so much for sharing all of your hard planning work with us moms. I recently (January) finally turned a corner in my life toward clean eating and fitness, but though I'm enjoying the exercise and generally love the healthier fare, I also crave the junk I'm still trying to leave behind. Your site is a breath of fresh air for a mom overwhelmed by all of the information available. You speak "busy-but-joyful mom" fluently, and I appreciate your down to earth approach. Thanks! Denelle in TN

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