Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Staying Motivated

I love being physically active, and I crave some physical activity every day. Now, with the toddler as my "personal mover/trainer" that's not that hard. However, it does get hard from time to time to stay motivated to work out, to mix up my workouts, to challenge myself with more difficult weight routines, to run a bit faster or longer...

The other day I was running at the gym and the only reason I was there was the toddler; he had a "play date" with some of his friends at the gym's childcare. I REALLY didn't feel like working out that day, but since I was already at the gym and I couldn't leave, I thought I might as well work out, right? So I decided to run for 20 minutes. After I was done with my 20 minute run, I actually felt like doing more and ended up running for another 25 minutes. And I felt absolutely great when I was done! My point is I guess that just going to the gym and doing a little exercise can be very motivating. Here are other ways I have motivated myself to workout lately:
  • visits to the Farmers' Market AFTER the gym - nothing motivates me more than the thought of fresh, organic veggies & freshly baked bread! :o)
  • a massage AFTER a workout - I got a gift card with three massages for Mother's Day :o)
  • using the steam room AFTER a workout
  • going shopping, even if it's just window shopping, AFTER a workout
  • a small cup of frozen yogurt with fresh berries - there is a Pinkberry just steps from my gym... :o)
  • remembering how amazing I feel (and how I need the energy to run after the toddler) AFTER a workout
Questions: What motivates you to exercise? What little "tricks" do you use to motivate yourself when you don't feel like exercising?

Be well,