Get Up, Get Moving, and Get Sexy, Part 2

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Welcome back to my two part series on achieving that sexy body you thought you couldn’t have. Now, that you know what type of workout you might be interested in trying, let’s get a few basics down before you get started.

First of all, there are four very important things to remember whether you’re in your first week of working out or whether you are in your third year of regular exercise.

You’ll want to commit the following to memory before attempting a workout regimen.

  • Finding time – There will be days that you may not find time at all to workout. Yeah, that’s not what you were expecting, right? Well, as a mom and wife, this is just reality. However, make sure that you don’t use this as an excuse. If you have 10 minutes you can workout, and there are not many days that you can’t find at least 10 minutes. Ten minutes is better than nothing at all.
  • Make it a habit – Like many other things in life, exercise has to become a habit if you are going to succeed at it long term. I find that, although I like to workout anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour five days a week, some days I can only manage 10 or 15 minutes. Instead of reasoning that I don’t have enough time to do my norm, I do what I can to stay in the habit. Then I get back to normal the next day.
  • Take a break – I don’t workout on weekends for two reasons, one is that it gives my body a physical break to recover from a week of exercise. The other reason is simply that it gives me something to look forward to, a break just because I want a break. There will also occasionally be times when you are very sore and your muscles are extremely fatigued, especially if you try a new workout that you’re not use to and you overdo it. When this happens don’t try to force yourself, take a day off and start back the next day. Just don’t make the breaks your habit.
  • Each day is new – Don’t give up just because you let yourself get lazy for a few days. Remember that yesterday is in the past, there is nothing you can do about it today. But today is a new day and you can start over today. It is really easy to let vacations, holidays, sick kids, or our own sicknesses draw us away from our workout routines, and many times this is necessary and it’s okay. The problem is getting back to it after those few days have past. I find that just reminding myself when I get out of bed that today is a new day helps me keep going.

Once you get yourself motivated, how do you stay that way?

So, there you are all excited about your new exercise program and you feel like you are ready to take on the aerobic world–for about two days. Then it happens. The excitement fades and your workout that was suppose to be fun is, well, kicking your butt.

Now you need more motivation, here’s how I get mine:

  • Get exercise attire – I mean get real exercise clothes, not just a t-shirt and a pair of old shorts. When I put on my workout clothes, I feel that part of a professional exerciser (well almost). Since, I usually workout in the morning, I try to put these on right after I get up. If I’ve taken the time to put them on, I know I’ll feel extra guilty if I don’t follow through.
  • Be accountable to someone – Get an exercise partner, even if you can’t exercise together, you can support one another. At the very least ask a friend to check up on you. If you know someone is going to be asking you if you worked out today, you will probably do it.
  • Keep variety in your routine – Don’t try to do the exact same workout every day. Getting on the treadmill or stationary bike for 30 minutes every day is going to eventually drive you nuts. I like to switch my workouts out often so that I don’t get bored doing the same thing all the time. Boredom will strip you of your motivation probably faster than anything else. So, if you start to get bored make a change.
  • Don’t over do it – When you first begin working out, start out easy. Even if you have to do a simple ten minute workout for two weeks, never go to the point of exhaustion, dizziness, or pain. Gradually increase your intensity over time.

Although, this has been a lot of information to share with you, I feel that these are the most important elements of my exercise routine. These are the things that have helped keep me exercising for the past few years, including nine months of pregnancy.

That being said, I hope that I have in some way inspired you and motivated you to get up, get moving, and get sexy.

If you maintain a regular workout routine, what ways have you found to keep yourself motivated?

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Posted on April 15th, 2009 in Health and Fitness | 7 Comments
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  • Hi Amanda,
    Great suggestions! I love the title of your series too by the way! 🙂

    The part in here that I liked the most was Making it a habit: “Instead of reasoning that I don’t have enough time to do my norm, I do what I can to stay in the habit.” I think this is key!

    I find that if I get sick and stop working out I tend not to get back into it for a VERY long time. But if I do something…anything even a brief 10 minute walk (nothing strenuous) I can stay in the habit and pick up the pace when I’m feeling better.

    Sherri (Serene Journey)’s last blog post..When Life Gives You Lemons…Use Them!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks! I had a pretty standard title to begin with and I realized I needed something a little more catchy. When I came up with this title, I knew it was the one.

  • Chrissie says:

    Amanda,
    You’ve got SUCH a great blog here. I’m so glad you found me, so I could find you in return.

    I’m just starting to get moving again after about a year of being out of the habit. One of the greatest motivators for me is how much my girls LOVE the babysitting center at the gym. They call it “the kids’ gym.” It’s extremely affordable and a great way for me to get healthy.

    Have a great Wednesday. I’m off to subscribe to your blog.

    xo

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much!

      It’s great that your gym offers a place for your girls and they enjoy it. I know that sure makes things a lot easier on you.

      Good luck and have fun getting back into the groove!

  • Amanda says:

    Great tips! Your motivation is inspiring!

    God bless-
    Amanda

    Amanda’s last blog post..Four Summer Must Haves

  • Amanda says:

    Another Amanda here 🙂

    The tip about at least getting in 10 min. was what I needed. I have a toddler and a 4mo. old, and I often “excuse” myself for not working out. Wow, but I need it, though!

    I’m looking for video suggestions…if you have any, do share! When it’s rainy, I don’t have any other option except to do something inside.

    Amanda’s last blog post..Homemade Refried Beans

    • Amanda says:

      I have a few favorite selections in my MIB Shop that you may want to take a look at. My favorite 10 minute workouts are the 10 Minute Solution videos. I have tried a few of those and I really enjoy them because they each have several 10 minute segments and you can choose how many you want to do at one time.

      My favorite is 10 Minute Solution: Carb & Calorie Burner. As a matter of fact, I did a few of those this morning. Another good option for beginners are the Pick Your Level workouts. There are three individuals doing the workout, each doing a different level beg, inter, & adv. I have Pick You Level: Fat to Firm Fast and Pick Your Level: Weight Loss Pilates and enjoy doing both of these also.

      I pretty much like any video I have tried with either Michelle Dozois or Ellen Barrett as the instructors. They are very easy to listen to, to follow and are very motivating. I hope this has helped you! Thanks so much for the comment.

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