It is a busy time of year but let’s be honest, when aren’t you busy? I understand it can be difficult and down right discouraging to try to stick to an exercise routine. So don’t. Try these tips instead.
- Make an appointment with yourself. It doesn’t work if you just say I am going to work out some time today. You need to be specific and it needs to be non-negotiable or it isn’t going to happen.
- Have a Plan. Don’t waste your precious time. Know what you are going. Or if you don’t want to think,
- Join a class
- Download an app like Sworkit or FitStar
- Try a fitness video or wii fit
- Invest in a personal trainer – the investment benefit here is the accountability, the safety or someone watching your form and workouts that are specifically designed for YOU. (I WILL pull you out of bed if I have to AND make sure you are doing your homework!)
- Be a slob. Seriously- no one cares what you look like when you workout- especially if you are home. Do it in your pjs, with spit up on your shirt…just DO it.
- Kids. The ideal time to workout will likely never happen. You cannot pee alone so let go of the fantasy that they will just play in the corner and give you 30 minutes of peace to do anything, including exercise. (My child is typically the one exception but you see in the photo that even he cannot resist the urge to climb on me while I am working out).
- Involve them. Buy them 1lb weights, challenge them to push ups contest, count their reps, etc. At the very least the more they see you do it, they will get bored of you, get used to the routine and get distracted.
- Playground is the new gym. Do not be self conscious. Let your kids have fun on the playground while you do some triceps dips, step ups, mountain climbers, lunges, etc.
- Bribe them. Yep, I said it. Give them a snack and put on a 30 minute show and get your sweat on.
- Break it up. Do a little bit throughout the day. You can do short bursts of HiiT and break a sweat in 4 minutes or deskercise at work.
- Join a challenge. Pinterest is full of them. Squat, plank, push up…pick your poison. I’ve got an arm challenge starting Dec. 7th!
- Don’t wait for motivation. It is a minority of people who jump out of bed with the overwhelming desire to exercise. I always say that showing up is the hardest part but once you get moving, you can typically keep moving. Try my 5 minute rule rather than waiting for the motivation fairy to strike.
You get the idea. Let go of the ideal. Stop excusing yourself and start moving. A little makes a difference.