This post was sponsored by Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
5 Tips to Get Moving: Simple and effective ways to stay motivated to exercise.
Working out. I love it. I hate it.
I bet many of you are right there with me. You love the way you feel after a good burn or the way your jeans fit looser, but you hate the sweat you shed or the time your workout takes.
However, I know how important working out is. You know it too. You have heard the studies. It improves your quality of life, your metabolism, your weight, your mood, your blood pressure, and on and on.
These should all be reason enough for each of us to get off our behinds and get in motion. Sadly, that is typically NOT the case. It is hard to be motivated. It is hard to find time. It is hard work to sweat.
But it is worth it.
Let’s face it. It is the hard choices we make in life. The choices to give up soda or to walk an extra mile that will impact our future.
For me, working out holds a more urgent priority. Working out slows the rate at which my lungs decline from Cystic Fibrosis. Working out literally adds tomorrows to my life.
The truth is that it adds tomorrows to your life too, regardless if you are battling a life threatening disease or not.
So how do you stay motivated?
Here are my 5 Tips to Get Moving
Carve out a 30-60 minute time slot each and every day on your calendar. For me it works best to do it the same time each day and early in the morning. However, if you have meetings one day in the morning and the next in the afternoon, flip flop the time you work out. But write it on your calendar. Set an alarm. Do what you have to do to make it happen.
Do Something You Enjoy
My son loves to run. Me? I hate it. Like really hate it. So I do not run. I walk, hike, do yoga, etc. I have found several workout programs I enjoy that get me huffing in puffing and can be done in 30 minutes or less. For me, this is the way to go. For some of you, a couple miles run is what fuels you. Regardless, don’t do something you hate–you will never stick with it. Try a few things out. Pick one or two or ten of those things and let those be your go to workouts.
Dress for Success
Nothing gets me more excited for a workout than a new pair of yoga pants or running shoes. It may sound materialistic, but I find that if I get dressed in workout gear, I am much more likely to accomplish my workout. If I put on jeans and mascara, the workout is just NOT going to happen.
Workout with a friend. Ask a spouse to every so often ask you about your workout–as long as you promise not to get angry with them! Print off a calendar and check off days as you work out. Pay for a gym membership or personal training. Track your daily steps on a mobile app. Do something that will force you to work out–be it money, guilt, or just the company of a good friend. Once you start to get in the habit, working out won’t be such a chore.
Your body thanks you for working out, but make sure you thank yourself for making your body a priority. Buy a new shirt. Plan a day at the spa. Maybe even a weekend getaway after so many months of consistently working out. Be it big or small, do something that makes you feel good–just like how that “A” you studied for in college felt.
For me, my reward is every time I get a positive report from the doctor. It is the fact that my lung function improved or stayed the same. I like a new shirt or day at the spa as much as the next person, but ultimately nothing can beat hearing that I am managing my disease and that it is NOT managing me. And I know that is because I make the time to exercise. Find out more why exercise is so crucial when dealing with Cystic Fibrosis here.
Be a champion. Work out. Take pride in your health, your life, and your body. To find out more about being a CF Champion, be sure to visit Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services Homepage.
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