We can never underestimate the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Having an active lifestyle means our immune and cardiovascular systems are stronger. Our bodies become stronger and increase the ability to fight heart disease, cancers and diabetes. We lose weight, we look and feel younger! (Who doesn't love that!?) Not to mention, daily activity helps us reduce stress and combat feelings of depression.
No matter what type of activity we choose to do, there is nothing better for us than to get moving! But we already know this! So why the heck is it so hard to get started?!
It all begins with finding that Motivation! Aaah! Motivation! Why does it make appearances and then disappear again???
The World we live in is a busy place. Between work and responsibilities, there always seems to be such little time to work with! So how do those fit people do it? We could assume that they have things pretty good. Those fit girls are probably stay at home moms, or maybe have never had children. They probably have faster metabolisms or an abundance of money and time, therefore, are able to have a hot body all year long ;) Yeah, sure, there might be a few out there who only have to worry about what time of the day they should hit the gym. However, most of us have extremely busy lives and a high level of responsibility both at home and at work. So how do busy people stay fit? Well, they dig deep to figure out what motivates them, then they plan and prioritize!
Most of us know by now what we need to do, but there seems to be a gap between what we KNOW we need do, and actually doing it! We all know it’s important to hit the gym, but, once the time arises to actually go, we find a reason to postpone it. This is understandable because even though we know exercise will bring us positive feelings of accomplishment, lift our spirits and make us stronger, it is much easier to sit in front of TV or in some cases, the gym parking lot, than it is to get up and get moving!
It can be difficult to motivate yourself at the best of times, little stress, lots of time, few obligations. But wow! Making a workout happen when you already have a busy schedule? How will it happen??? Its interesting that during the busiest and most stressful times, our minds postpone, however, this would actually be the most beneficial time to get the workout in!
Time. There are 24 hours in a day. Realistically, we are only working with about 16 hours, because 8 hours should be blocked off for sleep. So, in 16 hours, how do we make to most of our time? Budget and prioritize! Just like you budget your time and prioritize your kids activities or work life, you have to do the same for your own physical activity. Simple!
Finding the time in your schedule will come from motivation. If you are motivated enough to exercise, you will find the time to do it.
Need help figuring out how to motivate yourself? Here is a list of ideas to try;
Set a Goal: Is it an outfit? A special occasion? Is it a weight or a size? Is it a level of strength or a feeling you have when you are feeling your best? Figure out what your goal is. Write it down. Put it in a visible spot. Cut out pictures or quotes that motivate you. Now, don't write it down or cut it out if you are going to stick it in a drawer and forget about it. Visibility is key. Remind yourself why you need to get active.
Find a Partner: Sometimes just scheduling time to meet someone at the gym is all you need. People say all the time they need to get a trainer at the gym. Their concern is not as much getting a good workout, as it is to just show up! Find a friend who also needs a bit of motivation and save some money!
Sign up for a new Activity or Challenge: Try a new activity or sign up for a challenge. Think about what activity interests you and sign up! The new group you sign up for will have a schedule. The challenge will have require you to meet goals. You will have to follow the schedule to participate. Some of us just need to have that schedule.
Create incentives for yourself: Decide what your incentive will be if you can follow through for one week. Then create another incentive.