We all know there is no magical weight loss silver bullet out there. It takes commitment, focus and for some a lifestyle change.
Some people are born with that gene that literally makes them pop out of bed filled with excitement to go for a run or head to a yoga class. But there are many of us who need that little extra push to muster up the motivation to engage in physical activity. For many, there is almost an immediate reaction when you touch on the idea of exercise, and the excuses start to pile up.
“It’s too hot outside”
“I can’t afford a gym membership right now.”
“I have wayyyyyy too much laundry to do.”
And our own personal favorite, “I just want to curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and binge watch The Real Housewives.”
We’re going to be super cliché and tell you, where there’s a will there’s a way. You just need some extra motivation to get you in that mindset. So, we’ve pulled together three tips to help you ignore those excuses and negative talk and instead get moving to get healthier.
- Size doesn’t matter.
It’s true! The size of your workout is not as important as you think. You don’t have to run a marathon or take a 3-hour hot yoga class or even book that hour spin sesh. Even small doses of exercise make a dent. Go for a brisk walk or do a 15-minute workout online. Grab the ab roller or anything else you ordered from QVC while eating ice cream on your couch. Heck! Do squats while holding your laundry basket and lunges as you put it all away. Movement of any type will get that adrenaline going and is worth your time, even if you only have 20 minutes to spare.
- Be accountable.
Whether it’s putting your plans in your weekly calendar or grabbing a workout partner, just show up. Commit to something – one workout a week, a class where you meet a friend and have coffee after – is enough! Just put a system in place that holds you accountable for the exercise you are promising to do and stick to it.
- Do NOT compare yourself to others.
It’s easy to get caught up in the social media frenzy of perfect bodies clogging your feed. Don’t do that thing where you compare yourself to any of them. They are not you, and they certainly do not live your life. You don’t even know how many filters they used or what they have going on behind the scenes. Focus on YOU and be kind to your body and psyche. You can do this on your terms and get results that are realistic for you and your goals.
Start with just those three little gems of motivation to get into gear and make exercise part of your daily life – in whatever way it works for YOU. Just do it!