You know how most people say they enjoy working out and that exercise makes them feel better? I’m not one of them. I honestly despise exercising but have come to accept it’s a necessary evil. As I age, it’s getting harder and harder to maintain my weight by simply adjusting my diet. Plus, ever since I became a mom, all I want to be is healthy so I can be okay for my kids.
This means that I had to find a way to make myself commit to working out. Not because I enjoy it but because my body honestly needs it. As many working moms and bloggers do, I spend too many hours sitting at a desk, and there never seems to be enough time in the day to do something for yourself that’s not related to your multiple obligations.
A few weeks ago, I decided enough was enough. Here’s how I convinced myself to work out even though I despise it:
1. Make time for exercise just as if it was an important daily meeting
Right after the kids are in school, I found 20 to 30 minutes I could use to get my heart rate going by doing cardio at the gym. For my athletic friends it might seem a joke, but for me that is huge.
2. Approach it as a daily goal
Take it day by day instead of feeling overwhelmed by a bigger commitment such as “This month I will work out every day.” You need to feel proud of moving in the right direction and not frustrated so you can get over how unappealing exercising sounds to you.
3. Create a playlist that gets you moving
Music affects your mood and can help you get moving. Some people just tune into Pandora, but I prefer to download my favorite songs and put them on a playlist. The best part is that it’s the music I like, and I don’t have to deal with my kids complaining about the songs I want to listen to.
4. Change the way you perceive exercise
See it as a means to be healthier if that’s what motivates you. Or perhaps you just want to be able to eat what you love without worrying so much about how tight your jeans will feel later on. Find a way to see it in a more positive light instead of a chore.
5. Don’t compare yourself to others
Most of my friends love working out, and some even run marathons on a routine basis. Instead of trying to be like them or doing what they do, I found what works for me. Stay focused and feel proud of what you are doing for yourself.
6. Understand you need to start somewhere
Don’t be ashamed if you need to take it easy for a few days until you build endurance. Just keep going. You really will feel a difference by the end of the week if you keep exercising.
7. Don’t overdo it but challenge yourself so you don’t get bored
Start slow and then remember to switch things up. If you’re walking, vary the route, increase the time or your pace after a few days. Try different things at the gym, like the elliptical machine, the treadmill or the stationary bike. Sign up for a yoga, Zumba, or Pilates class. Just keep moving!
8. Keep track of what you achieve
Every day you walk, ride a bike, use the treadmill or the elliptical is a small triumph, so recognize it by writing it down, using a FitBit, snapping a picture of how many calories you burned, or by sharing the great news with your friends via social media. It might give you the extra push to keep on going when you stop to think about how much you don’t enjoy exercise.
Do you love exercising or do you loathe it like I do? Have you found a way to stick to a workout routine? Please share!
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