If It Were Easy To Look Good…Everyone WOULD.
Baby, it’s COLD outside! Some days the hardest part of working out is getting out the front door. Fifty percent of Americans quit their workout program within a year of starting. HALF! That’s a lot of quitters! To make sure you remain a non-quitter, here are some motivational tips to help you get your rear in gear during cold weather.
Kick It Up To HIGH GEAR…
- Sometimes it’s liberating to tackle your workout first thing in the morning and get it done for the day.
Tip: Trick your clock by setting it 20 minutes ahead and lay your gym clothes out the night before.
Some hardcore peeps even sleep in theirs. Not a morning person? Pack a gym bag and treat it like part of your job. If it’s in your scheduled appointments each day, you’ll go.
-Find the good reasons. Bikini season? A photo shoot? A genetic history of heart disease or diabetes? Better Facebook photos? Find the reasons WHY you want to lean down and remind yourself every morning.
-Use fear and guilt for GOOD. Guilt is generally a wasted emotion unless you can use it to gain something positive. In this case, fear and guilt are powerful tools. Fear of getting fat. Guilt for cutting out early on cardio. Use that to do better tomorrow.
-Naked Reality. The reality is most of us could look better naked. Turn on all the lights, strip down nude— and jump up and down in front of the mirror. Mirrors don’t lie. Or, eat naked. If you’re letting it all hang out while eating, you’ll be very aware of what’s not covered up.
-Get a workout partner…or hire a trainer. You’re less likely to blow off a training session if you know someone’s waiting for you or if you’re paying for it. Tip: Hang out with fitness-minded people. Their good habits tend to rub off on you.
-Add some new kick ass tunes to your mp3 player. You may love Coldplay or Clapton, but in the gym, fast paced dance music or heavy rock work wonders.
-Set multiple small goals. A monthly goal, a by-your-birthday goal, a yearly goal, a competition goal…whatever they may be, they’ll keep you going forward.
-Keep a training & diet journal. Record your gym activity. Try to beat last week’s log, even if it’s by just one rep, one pound or one minute.
-Treat yourself! Invest in some new gym clothes. Get that cute low-cut Lululemon top or those skin tight Brazilian flared pants. The better you look, the better you’ll feel. I’ve also found that grabbing a few fitness magazines is inspiring. Not only are the photos motivational, but new articles and recipes are always helpful.
-Recognize your progress. Date & record your weight and measurements. Check it every 2 weeks. If you’re down in pounds and/or inches, you’re going to become even more encouraged. Once you get to a certain point, donate your loose clothing to charity. Let someone else wear your fat pants.
-Change things up. Remember when you were a kid and exercise was FUN? Try another gym, some classes or sign up for boot camp. Belly dancing, stripper pole, Zumba or hot yoga can be amazing workouts. How about ice skating or pond hockey for cardio? Find things you LIKE.
-Make an inspirational photo wall. When I’m dieting, I’ll often rip out a few photos of women that inspire me and magnet them to my fridge. Whether it’s Ava Cowens’ washboard abs or Erin Sterns rock hard butt, these photos are constant reminders of what I can look like if I keep doing what I’m doing.
-Go to a local fitness show or convention. There’s nothing quite like being in the middle of it all to light a fire under your ass. Check the SCHEDULE page on RxMuscle.com or the NPC site for shows near you. In Canada: (http://www.cbbf.ca/events.asp ).
-Change your attitude. If you can’t change your situation, you CAN change how you see it. Decide to view your workouts differently. At the end of the day, remember that you’re doing this for no one other than yourself. No one can work out for you, and no one will enjoy the benefits of your sweat BUT you. Sometimes you may not receive the encouragement that you’d like from family or friends. But this is your life, your body, and your chance to make yourself happy.
You’re out the front door. The hard part is already behind you. Now, go WORK your BEHIND!