It’s already March 1! How are things going with your New Years Resolutions to get in better shape and become healthier?
If you’ve been doing great, that is fantastic! Keep it up and share your secrets! ;)
If you’ve been struggling, don’t beat yourself up over it! You have it within you, right now, to get to where you want to be later. Oftentimes, what is holding you back is your own head telling you that something is holding you back from reaching your goals: Too tired; too busy; too weak. Stop making excuses. Start trying to find solutions to them!
Welcome to TODAY!
Another Day. Another Chance for Change.
Now I’ll break down some common problems and try to offer solutions.
Problem #1: “I’m too tired to exercise.”
Solution: Regular exercise has been shown to fight fatigue and boost energy. Pick something active that you enjoy doing. Go for walks and/or runs with friends or family/kids. Attend group exercise classes like Zumba, BodyPump, Kickboxing, Yoga, Pole Fitness, etc. Commit to doing an at-home fitness program like P90X, Insanity, TurboFire, Hip Hop Abs, Power 90, etc., where you have accountability to a free coach (like me!).
You don’t have to spend two hours in the gym (unless you like doing that!). Just get up and get active! Take a walk. Go for a bike ride. Pop in a workout dvd. (I like P90X, but I’ve also used Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred, as well as Tae Bo and TheFirm.)
Problem #2: “I’m too busy.” OR “Life gets in the way.” OR “I don’t have time.“
Solution: You’ll have to make time in your schedule to squeeze in your workouts, even if it’s just 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there. Something is always better than nothing! If you have time to watch tv, you have time to workout. (reference my suggestions for “I’m too tired to exercise.” above)
Problem #3: “I’m too weak.“
Solution: Just remember to do YOUR best. That’s what counts. So what if you’re weak to begin with?? Realistically, you can only get stronger by exercising. You have to start somewhere, sometime. Now is a good time to start!
Problem #4: “I’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time. It’s just not happening.”
Solution: I know first hand that it is frustrating. You’ve been struggling for a long time, doing your darnedest but the weight isn’t coming off. You’re most definitely not alone. One thing you might try is really mixing up your workouts. Do classes/exercises/programs you’ve never done before. It may be just what your body needs to kickstart your weightloss.
Also, you may need to examine your diet. You may be eating too many, OR, possibly, too few calories. Using a calorie calculator you can determine approximately how many calories you need each day. You have to fuel your body right for success!
One more thing: Drink more water in lieu of high calorie drinks like soda, sweet tea, sports drinks, and juice. Those extra calories can be what’s standing in your way.
Problem #5: “I started strong, but I’ve lost my motivation.”
Solution: Now is the time for you to really examine yourself. Do you remember WHY you started working out in the first place? WHEN did you want to be healthier and in better shape? HOW were you planning to do it? WHAT will it take for you to succeed?
I have found that motivating others motivates me. Aside from loving to see people get healthier and happier, that is why I teach group exercise classes and offer free Coaching to my Beachbody clients. Everyone needs some sort of accountability. I feel accountable to my class participants and coaching clients. Hopefully, in turn, they feel accountable to me. I check up on them, see how they’re doing, try to offer support, encouragement, tips, and help whenever I can. They are my motivation. They keep me on track to bettering myself. Win – Win!*
Your situation is probably much different than mine, but you are still in a position to motivate others with your successes and struggles. That’s why I strongly recommend writing a blog where friends and family can follow your progress. You never know who is being inspired by you. Knowing that others may be inspired and motivated by you most likely will keep you motivated yourself. Win – Win!
- Recruit a friend to workout with you.
- Join a Challenge Group.
- Switch up your routine.
- Set an attainable goal for one week at a time. When you reach that goal, set another one. Setting and reaching goals is a great way to stay motivated.
- Compare where you started to where you are now. It can only get better with hard work.
*If you would like me to help you personally as a free coaching client, click JOIN on my coaching page: www.beachbodycoach.com/ablossomhead