I need to work out. There. I’ve said it. It’s not because I don’t like the way that I look (’cause Mama looks good!), it’s really about the way that I feel. I’ve been sluggish and lethargic lately, and my mind has been a little foggy. Last Sunday, I walk/ran in a 5K, and I felt like a million bucks. That lets me know that the thing that’s missing in my life is consistent exercise. I can’t use light bladder leakage as an excuse. Poise Microliner Pads has that handled for me. The only reason I don’t workout on a regular basis is because I haven’t made it a priority.
Well, Ayva’s getting older, and I don’t want to sleep or shuffle my feet throughout her entire childhood, so I’m starting a new workout routine. It’s going to begin with walking every day (that’s easy). I’ll fill it out with family friendly activities (Terrence and Ayva have been asking), and I’m going to set and share goals so that I’m held accountable. After all, what’s the point in looking good if you don’t feel good? Do you want to get started with me? I’ve come up with a few creative ways to get started!
5 Creative Ways To Start A Workout Routine
1. Call it something other than working out.
On Tuesday, I have plans to walk 3 miles around the lake with one of my girlfriends. We aren’t exercising, though. We’re “catching up”. Guess what? I’m really looking forward to it, too. Couple your workout with something else you really want to do, and it won’t feel so much like a burden.
2. Give yourself a push present.
I know. That probably doesn’t mean what I think it means, right? Ha! Call it whatever you want, but promising yourself a gift if you just get started is a great way to actually get started. I know some folks set a goal and get a treat for themselves once they reach it, but if starting is your biggest challenge, you should be celebrated for pushing through and getting over that first hurdle.
3. Create a workout “try it” list.
Are there some workout activities that you’ve always wanted to try but never got the chance? Maybe it’s yoga, a gym class, or running a 5K. Make a list and start checking those things out! A lot of yoga and dance studios let you try a class for free, and I know some gyms will give you a pass to check them out for up to a week. Even if you haven’t craved any particular workout, find something free or low cost that you haven’t done before and give it a chance.
4. Treat yourself to a few “before I start working out” items.
This is different than the push present I mentioned above. Before you even start working out, get a new pair of sneakers, a fun tee-shirt, or a stylish new makeup bag to put all of your after workout stuff in. Having new stuff will help you get excited, and buoy you into workout success! My suggestion for a gift would be a gym bag filled with things like a luxurious sunscreen, thick, comfy socks, cute shorts and a top, Poise Microliner pads, and a pair of control top undies. Because…movement. Hello!
5. Get your family involved, and kickoff your workout plan in a BIG way.
When you need to get in shape, it’s easy to start feeling down. Making the decision to start working out is a big deal, though, Mama! It’s exciting and it deserves to be celebrated! On the day before you’re set to start your workout routine, turn on some music, call your family into the room and DANCE! Song suggestions? “Happy” by Pharell Williams, or “Firework” by Katy Perry.
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