Tomorrow, after everyone has indulged for Fat Tuesday, many will decide they want to fight back with exercise. But once you start an exercise routine, it can be difficult to make it a long term relationship instead of a fling. One of my Delta Gamma sisters reached out to me and asked how I keep myself motivated to work out, because let’s face it, some days all of us want to hit that snooze button!
The number one thing that I always remind myself on those days is:
You’ll NEVER regret a workout!!!
One major excuse that people use to skip a workout is, “I just don’t have the time”. After working on multiple campaigns and having weeks on end where I had to work 12 hour days I’ve come to realize that you can always make time for something. Might it mean not watching The Bachelor that night? Yes. But, I promise you won’t regret skipping the show for a run!
And even if you really truly cannot make time to go for a run or go to the gym, you can still get a workout in! Another motivation factor for me is that doing something, anything, is better than doing nothing at all. Try doing 20 jumping jacks and 10 jump squats when you wake up every day and before bed every night. That’s better than nothing! And so is just running one mile instead of your usual three if you’re just not feeling it.
I think one of the biggest factors that stops people from exercising is the belief that if you can’t run a half-marathon, you shouldn’t run. I was one of those people who always thought, “well I’m not good at running so I can’t”. You’ve got to start somewhere! I started out mostly walking and gradually added more running to my workouts. I still can’t run a 5k without walking, but I’m getting there!
So we’ve covered getting out the door – here are some other motivation tactics I use:
- Working out in the morning – getting workouts done first thing in the morning gives you less time to make excuses and more time to do what you want the rest of the day.
- Runner’s high – reminding myself how great I will feel for the rest of the day if I workout.
- Workout logs – keeping track of my daily workouts is a great source of motivation because I can hold myself accountable, see my progress, or simply remind myself that I exercised more the previous week, so I need to get moving!
- Clothing rewards – I like to reward myself with, say, a cute new workout top after I accomplish a certain fitness goal. Not only does it act as a reward, but it motivates me to workout more because I want to wear my cute new top!
- Reading healthy living blogs – they are an incredible source of inspiration and motivation for exercising and eating healthy!
So, what are you waiting for?! Nike coined perhaps the best workout phrase in history: just do it!
And if you need one last source of motivation to workout, how about so you can indulge in some whole wheat pita bread dipped in spicy feta red pepper dip! Warning – it’s pretty tasty.
Spicy Feta Red Pepper Dip
Adapted from Home Cooking in Montana
*We used this recipe for whole wheat pita bread.
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1 roasted red pepper (from a jar is fine)
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
1) Add all ingredients to a food processor or immersion blender and blend until smooth. If necessary, add more olive oil.
2) Enjoy with whole wheat pita bread!