Workout Motination

I just figured I’d post some of my tips when it comes to keeping yourself motivated. I always seem to work out in periods, and whenever I break my own “rules” my motivation drops, and I start skipping workouts. And I bet I’m not the only one with this problem! Feel free to share how you keep yourself motivated, and maybe I’ll add some of your tips to my list.

  • Find someone to work out with. That way you can keep each other motivated on days where one of you would rather stay at home in front of the tv. For me it really helps to go running with Andy, especially since he is in a much better shape than me and this gives me motivation to try to beat him sometime.
  • Set goals. Not only your final goal (like how much weight you want to lose – if this is why you’re working out), but also daily and weekly goals. I am not a great runner, so one of my previous goals was very simple: to run the same distance that I ran the day before, but this time I was going to do it without a break halfway through – and I made it! I love trying to beat myself, and having beaten my goal made me feel like I achieved something.
  • Find a workout that works for you! It doesn’t matter if you enjoy running, spinning, dancing, yoga, strength exercises, or using the elliptical (like me). Just make sure you pick something that you enjoy, and try to mix it up every now and then. I have an elliptical at home, but I also have Wii fit and Wii Zumba. I like using my Wii fit board while I’m watching my favorite series, or dancing along to the Zumba routines on a day I have some extra energy (although I think going to Zumba classes with a friend is a lot more fun).
  • Bring good music – especially if you’re working out by your self. This will keep your tempo up and it will help keep your mind off what you are doing. For me this makes me feel less tired.
  • Set a weekly minimum limit to workouts. So if you have decided to get at least three work-outs in every week, then you have no excuses for not doing it. If it’s Sunday night and you have only exercised twice so far then you should force yourself to get at least a small amount of work done. Like a 30 minute fast walk around the neighborhood.
  • Reward yourself. This doesn’t have to be with food (if you’re trying to lose weight), it will just as easily work with other things. You could decide to not buy those pants you’ve been wanting until you manage to beat your own record. Or you could schedule a girls night out as soon as you’ve stuck to your work out program for a whole month. (Just don’t reward yourself by skipping workouts.)
  • Keep a workout journal. I’ve done this for the past few months. Just buy a notebook where you write down which exercises you’ve done every week (including repetitions or duration). I love comparing my current week to the previous one to see if I’m making any progress. Sometimes I’ll add an extra workout if I see that I did better the past week.
  • Buy new workout clothes! I don’t know if this works for everyone, but it definitely does for me. A colorful, new outfit makes me want to try it out. And the same goes for buying workout magazines with tips for exercises. But, of curse, you should limit this to once in a while so that you don’t end up shopping more than you work out. (Although a full day of shopping really should be considered a workout…)

At the beginning of 2012 I finally decided to get back into shape after several years of doing nothing but studying. After most of my workouts I felt completely exhausted and ready to pass out – but it was worth it! And, after a while, I could tell that things were getting slightly easier every day. I still haven’t reached my goal, but I’m much happier than I was before I started.
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A Great New Week

Ah, I’m not normally a huge fan of Mondays, but this one is turning out really well. I think I’ll be getting a lot of work done, which feels amazing – I love it when I’m in a productive mood. Doing dishes, making chicken salad, and taking out the recycling is already checked off my list, and after going shopping with Maren (that’s productive, right?) I have laundry, the bathroom, and dinner left to do. For once I’m actually starting the week off right!

And I hope this week is better than last one when it comes to working out too. I didn’t post a workout schedule last week, because I was planning on taking it easy. My leg is objecting to all the activity after being stuck in a walking boot for four weeks. But I didn’t want to take the whole week off, so two days ago I ended up focusing on strength exercises instead. I think it was about time too, because when I woke up the next morning most of my body was aching. Turns out I have just about no arm muscles at all. What I need to work on even more though is my stamina. Right now I’m online reading about elliptical machines. We don’t exactly have a lot of room in our apartment, but I have wanted one for ages, so we’ll see what happens.

I’ve also been looking at different workouts I could do with one (probably while watching tv, hehe).

Starting The Week Off Right!

I definitely meant to post this last night, but I was so exhausted that I just passed out. I had gone for a long jog, and since I always feel so silly when I’m running I prefer to do it late so that no one can see me, haha. When I got back I was starving, but you know how sleepy food makes you when you’re already tired. I am really happy that I completed all of last weeks workout plan, though, and that I started out the new week with another workout. That way the rest of the week should be equally productive.

The only problem I have had is that my right calf is very stiff. But that makes sense since I have worn a walking boot for four weeks and hardly used the leg at all during that period. With a lot of stretching I’m sure I’ll still be fine. Here’s my workout plan for this week (it’s pretty similar to last week):

  • Monday: Went for a long jog. Forgot to stretch, which I can feel today, blah.
  • Tuesday: More stretching (I am way too stiff, haha).
  • Wednesday: Strength exercises and use my Wii balance board.
  • Thursday: Use my Zumba Wii game to work out. It is surprisingly effective.
  • Friday: Take the day off.
  • Saturday: Go for another jog, or use my Zumba game – depending on how my leg feels.
  • Sunday: Stretching and strength exercises, or possibly take a break.

This is how exciting I am at the thought of getting back into shape! Haha. I love the feeling of having completed a good workout. (And, yes, I do look slightly retarded here, but that’s okay.)

If you have any ideas of good workouts that won’t hurt my foot too much, please let me know. I really don’t want to run too much yet since it puts a lot of pressure on my legs.

Back To Normal

Phew, we finally got our flooding problem fixed. They were done at around 5 am last night, and I was about to pass out (I had been tired since 10 o’clock). They had to come back this morning to fix something too, though – Our toilet or something like that. So I didn’t exactly have great night of sleep. And we woke up to a bathroom in desperate need of cleaning!

And now on to some actual good news. I took my boot off today! Well, I will still be wearing it every now and then, just to make sure it’s doing okay. But I no longer have to live in it. So I finally got in a good workout after four weeks of sitting still – you better believe I’ll be sore tomorrow. It’s amazing how fast you lose all the progress you’ve made. Before the accident I was finally feeling pretty good after being out of shape for way too long, but now it’s all gone again (at least it feels like it is). I think Andy once told me that if you don’t work out for one week then you lose two weeks worth of progress, or something like that. So you’ve really got to work hard to maintain it.

I’m actually not a huge fan or running/jogging, mostly because I have no stamina, haha. But I wanted to get a good start on my workout, so I went for a half hour jog – with some walking included. And, like always, my face was bright red by the time I was done. Oh well, it felt good.

For the next few weeks I’m going to start making a work-out plan for myself every week, just so that I’m sure I’ll keep up with it. And I wanted to post it here for extra motivation. I gained a few pounds (and lost quite a bit of muscle weight) while staying at home with this stupid injured foot, so now I’m determined to get back to where I was. Here’s my first week:

  • Monday: Go for a run/jog. Do a lot of stretching.
  • Tuesday: More stretching (I am way too stiff, haha).
  • Wednesday: Bring out my Zumba game again, and complete at least 30 minutes.
  • Thursday: Take the day off.
  • Friday: Strength exercises.
  • Saturday: Go for another jog – I really want to work on my stamina.
  • Sunday: Stretching and strength exercises, or possibly take a break.

What do you do to motivate yourself to work out?
How many times a week do you work out?

Btw, this is me a year and a half ago. That’s my motivation. I think it’s important to not compare yourself to others, so I’d rather look back at a time I was very happy with myself, and strive to get back to it.