The hardest thing about getting to the gym or exercising in any form is motivation. We come up with every excuse in the book and every single one of them is justifiable. I often hear myself saying, "I’m on a roll with my chores, now I need to finish." Finish? Really? Who am I kidding, there's no such animal. We are never done decluttering, organizing or cleaning something in the house or the car (until recently, we had so many articles of clothing, books, water bottles and snack wrappers in the car, we could live in it for a season.)
Having kids home over the summer doesn't help or worse yet if your kids are too young to leave alone. It's so easy to say "I think I'll just stay home so I can get him on a schedule," or "he needs his nap, he had a bad night." HE had a bad night?! Seriously? He wasn't alone during this period of discomfort. I was up with him from 2:00 am until...well, he's still up and it's now 8:30 am. I think most moms would agree with me if I decide to just stay home today.
But I digressed, that was a conversation I had with myself about 6 years ago. I still have sleepless nights but I can't blame them on my boy. Usually a case of having one too many cups of coffee, a late evening workout, or some other unknown or unidentifiable reason.
However, I know many of you can identify with this or a similar scenario. NOT happening! You are getting a workout in somehow. Hire the neighbor's kid to come and stay with you or go with you to the park for an hour. Go super early or late when there's someone around to watch the kids. AND if a kid is not the issue, then there's no real excuse for which I can't find a solution.
Think about the adrenaline rush that will help you through the next workout. I'm not saying go out and run a 1/2 marathon tomorrow but there's nothing wrong with having that or some other goal to work towards. But you have to make your goals achievable. If you are barely walking 1/2 mile maybe training for a 1/2 marathon next month is a bit high but how about training to run a 5K in 8-10 weeks? Why Not???
What motivates me? Well, a few things help me stay focused regardless of how tired I am or what chores need to get done:
1. I have an appointment set everyday at about the same time (30-60 minutes). This is my exercise time, at the gym, on the road or at home.
2. I will be in a better mood, have more patience, and more energy. All of this will make me a better mommy :-)
4. I will make better food choices throughout the day, which will make me feel better about myself.
5. I will sleep better tonight.
6. I will have more energy to deal any challenge and believe me, there are plenty. Did I mention the kids?
7. I refuse to be sick! Excising keeps my body healthy, fight off colds, clear my lungs, clear my head.
8. My goals. I have some goals that may or may not have dates attached to them. I plan on running other races, not sure when but because I know this I have to make sure I run on a regular basis because I don't want to start from scratch with a training program. Being a role model at home and at work with my kids and my clients keeps me motivated because I have to practice what I preach.
9. Just being healthy. Physically, spiritually, mentally healthy...it's better than drugs.
These are all contributing factors to my decision to stay active. I can’t rely on others to motivate me and neither should you. I have to motivate myself. YOU HAVE to get out there and exercise for YOU and no one else.
Tell me, what motivates you?
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