You had to have known I was going to bring this word up eventually, right? There’s no need for dread. I promise.
Just do it.
Don’t wait for the motivation to appear before you begin. Get started with an exercise routine and those happy endorphins will start pumping through your veins and then the motivation will be there.
Here are some keys to making an exercise routine work:
(1) Find something you enjoy.
There are so many options out there to choose from.
Find something and give it a try. If you absolutely hate it, move on to something else. Just recently, I tried out a Zumba class. I left after the first five minutes. I know so many people who love it, but it just wasn’t for me. That’s okay. I gave it a try.
Side note: Later on in this series, we’ll spend a lot of time talking about running.
(2) Change it up when you start to feel bored.
If you let boredom set in, you’re opening the door to the nasty person who lives in your head and always tries to convince you to quit. You don’t want to let her get her foot in the door. Be proactive. Run a different route, visit a new workout class at the gym or check out some new workout DVDs from the library.
(3) Take a rest day and don’t feel guilty about it.
There is no need to burn yourself out by working out everyday of the week. Take a day off. Your body needs time to recover. It’s actually very important. You don’t want to push yourself so hard you end up with some kind of injury and then you can’t exercise at all.
(4) Include both cardio and strength training in your exercise routine.
Muscle burns more calories than fat, even when you are sitting down at your computer shopping on-line or blogging. What’s not to love about that?!
Also, as a runner, I’ve noticed a huge difference in how much stronger I feel since I started integrating strength training into my routine.
If you already have an exercise routine in place, share what it is in the comment section. I would love to hear about it!