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Keeping your routine

May 6th, 2009 No comments

rkouts. I don't want to burn out or get sick. At least that's what I'm telling myself.

I will get out again when I get used to my new routine, but the most important thing is that I'm not discouraged. Actually, I don't think I'd be that discouraged if my reasons for not running were more about laziness than conflicting workouts.

I'm always hitting ruts in my routine, whether it's not wanting to lift weights for two weeks in a row or letting cardio go by the wayside. I feel confident because I know I will bounce back. I give myself a break and then get right back into my routine, which I believe is the key to my success. If I felt down about it I'd probably just give up altogether and my attempts to eat healthy would go out the window as well.

I'll quit rambling and get to the point. So what if you didn't make it to the gym this week. So what if you ate that entire bag of chips. Don't beat yourself up about it. You took a break from your healthy routine but the important thing is that you get back to it and don't make small failures an excuse to give up.

What Motivates You To Stay in Shape?

April 8th, 2009 No comments

Men and women pick up fitness habits for a variety of reasons. Some, the lucky ones, do it because they love it and feel a natural high after completing a gruelling workout. They don’t procrastinate and put off workouts until another day or make excuses about why they don’t have time. Working out comes first, which is why a lot of them get up before dawn and are finished their body maintenance before the rest of us have even hit snooze on the alarm clock.

Others have trouble with the pre-workout enthusiasm but become inspired once they enter the gym or get through the first 10 minutes. I know this category well. For me it involves wearing my workout gear around the house for a good hour before I finally drag my butt out the door. Suddenly all the housework I usually avoid demands my urgent attention. On the bright side I get a lot more cleaning and laundry done on those days. And thankfully once I get moving I can spend upwards of an hour at the gym.

There are also those who aren’t motivated to work out, don’t get into it once they start and don’t feel satisfied or healthier when they’re done. For these people it’s only the thought of the end result that can get them moving. They’ll run because they know it’s good for their heart and waistline, but they won’t be getting any enjoyment out of it.

Obviously a one size solution for motivation won’t fit all. Tell us why you work out and what motivates you to do so.