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Move it Sister: 10 Tips to Get Moving From a Former Couch Potato

As I stated in my previous post, my natural inclination is of the non-moving variety. Escalators, people movers, elevators, close parking spots, Segways – hells to the yeah!

I’m beginning to realize this couch potato lifestyle isn’t good for me. I always “knew” that but once I started getting winded climbing the stairs of my own two story home, I knew I had a problem.

It was time to get moving and believe you me, no one was more disappointed in the idea than me. I always said the only way you’d catch me running was if a guy was chasing me with a knife; it was clearly time to change my way of thinking. 

So what do we need to get off the couch and get started? A swift kick? Probably, but I’m going with a gentle inspired nudge to get your (and my) feet on the ground and legs in action.

  • New kicks 1 of 10
    New kicks
    Nothing puts a spring in your step like cushy new tennis shoes. Consider shoes designed specifically for the kind of activity you'll be performing for optimal results.
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  • Be prepared 2 of 10
    Be prepared
    No one wants to exercise with floppy boobs or chaffing sweat pants. Get the workout wear you'll need to feel your best so you can go out and sweat all over it!
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  • Be realistic 3 of 10
    Be realistic
    While this body may look perfect, it might not be the body you're meant to have. Set realistic and manageable expectations for your body. Being healthy is what it's all about.
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  • Pump up the jam 4 of 10
    Pump up the jam
    Moby said it best, "Rock ya'all, no stop ya'll, to the beat ya'all, the bodyrock ya'll." A kick-ass playlist can keep you moving and your spirits high.
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  • Online support 5 of 10
    Online support
    As with anything, support is key! There are so many wonderful places to find support online, my favorite being Mamavation.
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  • Keep an exercise journal 6 of 10
    Keep an exercise journal
    Tracking exercise can not only help you manage your goals, it offers a level of accountability to help you stay motivated.
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  • Try something new 7 of 10
    Try something new
    Whether it's Zumba, yoga, tap dancing or spinning - just try something new!
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  • Have a manta 8 of 10
    Have a manta
    It doesn't matter what your mantra is, so long as you have one. Even something as simple as, "I am healthy. I am strong." can begin to transform your thinking.
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  • Reward yourself! 9 of 10
    Reward yourself!
    You're working hard to take care of you. IMO that means you deserve something shiny for your efforts. Reward yourself regularly for a job well done!
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  • Call for backup 10 of 10
    Call for backup
    Exercising with friends is the way to go. Keeping each other motivated and inspired to maintain a healthy lifestyle is something fun you can do together!
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Have any tips to add? How do you stay motivated to move?

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