If I could go to spin class everyday (or twice a day even!) I would be a happy girl! (And way more in shape!) But, when we bought our house in a different part of the city, I had to leave our oh so beloved neighborhood gym as it just doesn’t make sense to commute an hour to your gym, even if you do really love it and they have spin classes all throughout the day. And, in an effort to save money, we got an elliptical for the house instead of gym memberships at any of the mediocre gyms around our house. So, essentially I can work out at home whenever I want! Easy peasy! But, let’s be real, in the seemingly neverending struggle of trying to balance work, life, and the crazy little unpredictable variable that a toddler brings to any household…working out has, of course, fallen by the wayside. And it really is time to make it a priority again.
I don’t think it is normal for a 29 year old girl to wake up EVERY. DAY. and feel like total crap. And I do. I always feel exhausted, sluggish, achey, and just so darn awful. It’s such a disheartening start to your day even when you had the best of intentions to make it a good one! So, I realized with my 30th birthday looming over my head this year, it was about time to make my own health a priority again. To get back to cleaner eating, less drinking, and more moving around. In an effort to feel better in the mornings…or really any time of day! So, after a reinvigorated passion for taking care of myself lately, I figured I would share some of my musings on working out…
Never underestimate the power of a pair of pants that make your ass look great!
Sure, I could work out in worn out yoga pants and old t-shirts, but I don’t feel very great about myself when I’m wearing those things. Not to mention, motivated at all. Sometimes it is hard to get motivated to work out, so if a pair of workout pants that make your ass look great make you feel great and WANT TO workout, get those pants! Get twenty pair! Get some fun workout clothes that you love and are actually excited about wearing. It make the whole experience that much more enjoyable! Especially if you are going to be wearing them everyday to workout…you shouldn’t have to live in your bottom of the drawer raggedy clothes that should have really been tossed by now.
Treat Yo’ Self!
If you work out now, you get to go to Starbucks later. If you work out now, you get to indulge a little at dinner tonight. If you work out now, you can buy that really cute pair of shoes you have been eyeing. Okay, okay, maybe you shouldn’t reward your daily workouts with shopping every single day, but small little rewards to get you motivated can go a long way. Let me tell you, the promise of a Starbucks at the end of a workout has gotten me through many a workout! And wine for dinner? Yes please!!!
Entertainment Goes A Long Way.
With a crazy busy schedule it’s hard enough to find the hour to workout, let alone do anything else just for me, so sometimes I allow myself to watch one of my favorite television shows while on the elliptical. So, working out becomes something to look forward too! A time I get to go be by myself and watch my shows! Heck yes! Other times, I use working out as an excuse to blast Taylor Swift and other arguably embarrassing pump you up kind of music to go really hard. Because everyone goes hard to Taylor Swift, right???
Moving More Makes You Want To Move More.
Working out in general makes me want to move more throughout the day. Once I’ve gotten going, I don’t want to stop. Sure, let’s go for a morning walk and an evening bike ride. And I don’t mind living in my sporty clothes all day when they are extra cute!
Accountability and Commitments.
Accountability is a huge motivating factor in my workout ethic. I use a Fitbit and am obsessive about reaching my daily goals. And, really, I’m only accountable to me and the little blinking dots on the Fitbit band, but it gets me there. Making physical commitments also helps. We decided as a family that once the weather got better, we would get the tyke outside and moving around everyday, whether that be a walk to the park, a bike ride, or a quick trip to walk around the zoo.
So, what are your workout motivations and tips? How do you keep at it? What cute workout clothes do you love? Share away!