What Motivates You to Get Out and Exercise. 7 Ways to Remove Excuses.

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I went this morning to my new fav thing.  I have signed up for a membership to 30 Minute Hit.  

It is a boxing circuit that combines cardio, boxing, and little self-defense moves.  I was encouraged to join because one of my daughter’s joined. To be honest, she is the only reason that I joined.  I have three mornings a week booked in the gym, but if she asks, I will go because it is time together doing something that we both like and makes us both feel great. It has become a really great thing for me.  It is only 30 minutes, you can’t be longer than that, in the workout, and I get to go with my girl. 

The other day as I was finishing my workout and I was in the stretching area, I noticed that my colors were all ‘on point.’  My boxing gloves are pale blue, my wrist wraps are pale blue and my new toe nail color is pale blue.  The gloves and wrist wraps, I wanted to match each other, but the fact that my toes matched was a bonus.  I felt great.  Somehow it made me feel like I looked like I had done it on purpose.  It got me to think about what we do to get ourselves motivated to go to the gym, trail, pool, court, class.

  • First of all, what you wear to any of these events is nobody else’s business but yours.  So, just do whatever it takes to push other people’s opinions out of your head.
  • Second, I am a firm believer in doing whatever it takes to motivate you to go.  If it means buying a ‘cute’ outfit, do it.  If it means buying a new pair of shoes, go for it.  If it means getting a new bag, hat, socks, hair scrunchie, …. Go for it.  I am not talking about remortgaging the house just so that you feel comfortable, I am talking about making sure that you have removed all objections that may pop up and stop you from getting your sweat on.
  • Thirdly, if there is a barrier keeping you from doing what you want, get rid of it.
  • Fourthly, you are the most important person in your life, treat yourself better.

Because of social media, we have turned into a society of judging from behind our device.  People often have a false sense of entitlement when it comes to sharing their opinion and therefore we become concerned about how other people perceive us and we haven’t even left the house.  

I love the fact that there has been a recent trend to showing a wide variety of people doing a wide variety of activities and I really hope that it helps break down all sorts of stereotypes.  But regardless of what ‘those’ people may say, we are still generally our own worst critique.  We tend to say things to ourselves that we would never say out loud to anyone else.  We really need to stop that.  So, if there is something that makes you feel better about yourself and will help get you out there, then just do it.

If you haven’t noticed, we have a couple of ads running on our pages, Reebok, Columbia, Wahoo. So, just do a little browsing, you may find something that you really like and will help you feel like you belong in whatever it is you are doing.

So what is stopping you now?  You have just been given permission to;

  1. Wear what you want to play tennis.  
  2. Put some makeup on if there is a cute guy at the gym.  
  3. Wear the greatest color or the most muted color shoes to that class.  
  4. Find a great hat to wear on the trails.
  5. Match your nails to your gym gear.
  6. Be the most authentic you can be.
  7. Put your confidence on your sleeve and rock your workout.  That is truly the best thing that you can wear.

 

 When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.- Joe Namath

 

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