Monday, November 8, 2010

keep fit and have fun

There’s always something so tough about trying to get back into shape. While I haven’t let it go too long, I’m currently challenging myself to get back into the gym on a regular basis and make working out a part of my regular week day routine again. So when I came across the 20 Biggest Health Excuses That Hold You Back this morning, it was like someone read my mind. Reading the reasons why I, along with many others, seem to put so many other things ahead of our health makes me realize how easy it should be to include exercise everyday. And when the outcome is feeling good (and hopefully looking good, too!) it really should be a no brainer when it comes to being fit.
Staying fit throughout the summer was hard enough...with eating out and weekends away, my outdoor activities had to heavily make up for my unhealthy habits. But taking a break from the ever important routine of getting my butt in gear to get to the gym has only made it harder to get into the groove again. Granted, after running a half marathon, I felt entitled to a few days off. It’s too bad those few days off turned into a few weeks off and after those few weeks off…well…exercising a few days a week is a mental battle harder than lifting some of those heavy weights. But I find that now is the best time to do it. Summer has ended, the days are getting shorter and my schedule has seemed to slow down. All perfect reasons for getting back to the daily grind of burning fat and building muscle. Yes, it’s a shame that when I don’t need the beach body cause I’m covered up by cute coats and warms sweaters, I’ve got the time to work on it. But I know working out now will only benefit me in the long run…like when I want that second helping of shortbread at the company Christmas party or some ice cream on my apple pie. So winning the fight against lazy days is a game I’ve got to become good at. Not only for the guilt-free holiday treat eating but also so I can feel good about myself. I know how awesome I feel when I get a good sweat going and how satisfying it feels to discover new muscles. These are the feelings that I have to keep in mind as I make my way home tonight. I have to ignore the couch who calls my name so loud and instead remind myself of all the reasons that going to the gym is a good choice to make. Because if looking good isn’t enough motivation, feeling good will get me going even more!

What motivates you to exercise? Do you have a regular routine?


Jude said...

It's a huge challenge for me too, after I injured my knee and was banished from running, it took ages to figure out a new mindset and approach (walking super-fast and swimming are my new thing). Hang in there! I read (and posted today) about that Chilean miner who did the NYC marathon - if he could train and motivate himself during his mine ordeal, we've got it pretty good in comparison! :)

Melanie's Randomness said...

It's a challenge for me as well. I'm so tired & the fact that it gets darker earlier isn't a great motivator. I'm going think of my favorite pair of jeans for motivation. They stopped fitting me about a month ago. I think its time to kick it in gear. Also being bored with veggies is a big reason why I stray. Good luck with your journey!

Diana Mieczan said...

That is a great post! I do swimming for the past few years...I swim 5 days a week and by now it is like a basic part of my day...If I miss one day of swimming I feel really low on energy!
Good luck,sweetie

Lily Riani said...

my excuses;

1. am undertall
2. my long life battle (with a giggle)
3. am cute hence it's ok

ahhahahha.... but i have been starting to work out but not regularly as i should be. i walk more then run, need to change this as well. you entry inspiried me to try to work out harder. tx dear.

Sara Louise said...

I do bits of toning exercises here and there but really need to do more cardio. When the weather is nice I jog but now I pretty much just go for walks with the dog.
Going to check out that article you linked! :-)

Signe said...

Aaaah yes, I sooo know what you are talking about! I need to get back into a healthy rhythm as well when it comes to training, been slacking since august now and its way to long.
This reminds me I need to start sooner rather than later because it's not going to get any easier!

Have a great Tuesday :)

Chiara said...

I know how you feel about get back into it...
Those pictures are great

Krystal said...

I don't even know if I should read that list, I've definitely probably used all of the excuses :) I was doing so good running - up to 7 miles every other day and then something happened to my achilles tendon and i can't run without it hurting. so...i'm in the midst of resting it which is really boring :(

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

It sounds like you were already pretty fit :p But good on you, I wish I had your motivation!
I refused to do anything resembling exercise until I discovered dancing. And you're right, it does make you feel so much better :)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I'll have to check that article out because I sure do make excuses!In fact, I have a trip at the end of the month that requires bathing suit wearing and that hasn't even motivate me enough :(

Rene said...

You are right. We always feel better after a workout. I try to make time in the early morning for exercise. I'm always so happy when it is done and I feel good for the rest of the day.


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