After spending an evening with a friend who was very overweight, I changed my fitness challenges to fit and healthy. It’s easy for me to copy and paste memes, recipes and workouts but it’s hard for me to follow them. Lack of motivation is my biggest issue so I decided to do some research to not just help me, but help my fitness ladies, too.
- Buy new shoes. Try on several pair, walk and jog in them around the store (they tend to frown on sprinting). Get your feet evaluated at Fit2Run if you can. Then go online and see if you can get a better deal (shhhhh!).
I discovered I’m an Asics girl.
2. Visualize positive thinking. Visualize your muscles getting bigger and stronger while you’re coming up with excuses to avoid the gym. Think about how wonderful the sun will feel on your face as you take a walk outside (wear sunscreen!). Picture your heart smiling as you put down the Pop Tart and fix some eggs and a protein shake.
Powerhouse Athletic Club (shameless plug)
3. Reward yourself. Went a whole day without junk food? Put a dollar in a jar. Completed your step count? Add a dollar. Exercised 5 times in one week? Treat yourself to a movie (and pack healthy snacks in your bag). If you do a jar, at the end of 30 or 60 days, take the money and buy yourself a new top or pants; you’ve earned it!
I have to hide my dollars. My family tends to swipe them. I have an agreement with my husband (he just doesn’t know it yet) to trade pennies for dollars in 60 days.
4. Be accountable. Get a reliable accountability partner or better yet, be one. Join a fitness challenge (shameless plug #2). Download the Pact app (Harvard guys) or sign up at StickK (Yale guys). This will not make you rich but it will motivate you to stick to your goals if you don’t have dough to lose.
5. Make small goals. Saying, “I’m going to lose 50 pounds is great but it’s going to take a while. Write down that you’re going to lose a pound a week, eat 4 healthy snacks, go a week (or a day) without drinking soda or hitting the drive through. Create monthly, weekly and daily goals. Write them down where you’ll see them. (I discovered my fridge and kitchen cabinets are dry erase marker proof)
6. Reduce your excuses. Write them down. Start eliminating them one by one. “I’m too tired.” “The gym is so faarr!” “I don’t have time.” “It tastes so good!” “I’m broke.” You’ll realize how ridiculous you’re being. I’m ridiculous every day.
7. Ditch the boredom. Try something new like a Body Combat class, biking, roller blading, pilates, aerial yoga, pole dancing (shameless plugs #3, #4 & #5). Switch up your routine to shock your body, especially if you’ve hit a plateau.
8. It’s good for your health. Yes, looking smoking hot in those skinny jeans or that tankini are great motivators for getting fit and healthy, but remember the main focus is on improving your health to keep you around longer.
I’m sure there are many more amazing tips out there but I made a goal to keep this short. #noexcuses