November 10th and winter has arrived at our house! Today I was thinking about what motivates me to exercise. I know the way I think is not the norm so I was trying to think about the average person and what would help motivate them. Two things came to mind.
The first was feeling good about your body. You don’t have to be in the perfectly fittest shape to love your body right here and now. When I feel good about myself I want to workout more. Get rid of the negative thoughts about ANY body part. Focus on what improvements you are working on and forget the rest. For example, I thought the dumbest thing the other day. Someone gave me a compliment on my arms and I instantly thought, “Well, what about my legs?” They must not look good since they didn’t mention them. OH! Never do that! I LOVE Demi Lovato’s new song, Confident! Check it out:
Second motivator and almost more important than the first is to have a good support group or just ONE friend! Today my friend and I taught our HIGH FITNESS class and we had our best turn out yet. I looked around the room and almost every person had a friend there. When it’s cold and 6 am, you need that!!
This one is from 3 years ago! My besties on a cold winter run. Why oh why would I want to run in the dark and cold if I didn’t have my friends pushing me along.
Here are a few other ideas to keep you from gaining the dreaded holiday weight!
- Keep up with your workouts! No matter how busy you get, don’t miss your workout. When you stop exercising you start eating more and more of all the tempting food that’s everywhere this time of year.
- Eat healthy food often! Don’t let yourself get too hungry and whatever you do, never go to a holiday party on an empty stomach. Drink a big glass of water and eat something small before you go. A little bit of protein and veggies is your best option.
Lastly, I have an amazing lower body/glute and ab workout for you to try brought to you by my favorite fitness gals, Amber Dodzweit and Jamie Eason. I’ll be doing this tomorrow with my friends!
Have a wonderful day and stay warm. I’m off to make lunch for my son and his friend now (: Work Hard Forever!