Sunday, April 23, 2017

When My Fittest Friend Asked Me For Motivation, Here’s What I Told Her

One of my friends—she just happens to be my fittest friend—recently asked me for some workout motivation. She started a new job, so her workout routine changed from a group/class setting to working out mostly on her own. She’s usually the one motivating ME, but I know how it goes. Life changes. Priorities change (i.e. babies). Hell, sometimes you just lose your fitness spark. I absolutely love exercise, and I’ve found myself there a number of times over the years, so I totally get it. I gave her these three pieces of advice below, which always help me get my workout mojo back. I hope they help you guys, too!

Just do it

When it comes to fitness, those Nike people know what it’s alllllll about. Haha! But, seriously, when you’re just not feeling it, don’t think about the reasons why you can’t or don’t want to exercise. Too tired? Not enough time? Long commute? Errands? The house is a mess? If you let your brain wander to all of those cants and donts, you’ll never work out. Instead of talking yourself out of it, JUST DO IT. Don’t think about anything else, except for getting your butt in gear! Related: Remind yourself that this might be the ONLY time you can work out today. Now or never, baby! When I’m dillydallying about a workout, this thought always forces me into motion!

Put on your workout clothes

Getting dressed is sometimes half the battle, so I make it a priority. My jobs allow me some flexibility in my exercise schedule as well as my attire (I’m almost always wearing workout clothes), but my friend has a much more rigid schedule, so I suggested a couple of ways to make this work: (1) Wearing her workout clothes to bed or at least some of them (I mean, it’s fairly comfortable to sleep in leggings and an athletic top, but sleeping in a sports bra… uh, no thanks), so she’s ready to go for her early-morning workout. No excuses! (2) Wearing her clothes home from work, so she’s motivated to drive right to the gym. I feel like once you’re wearing your workout clothes, it’s hard to back out. I mean, you made the effort to put them on, so you might as well put them to good use!

Find a workout that makes you excited

Recently, I started working out at a local gym on my own. Its location is convenient, so it’s easy for me to pop in for a quick workout. Having a workout picked out and ready to go, makes me excited to try it out. My friend and I share new workouts with one another all the time to keep us motivated since we’re often exercising on our own. Some favorite places to find workouts:

Question of the Day

For those of you who work out on your own, how do you keep yourself motivated? 

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Additional motivation and tips:

10 Tips For Balancing Exercise With A New Baby

How to Get Motivated to Exercise During Nap Time

9 Workouts to Do During Nap Time

How to Stick With Your Workouts When You’re Dealing with Morning Sickness

Postpartum Fitness: How I Overcame Feeling Discouraged

 

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 449

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Nuts are good snacks.

Sleeping pills linked to death, even after controlling for pre-existing poor health.

Meanwhile, despite all the warnings to the contrary, supplements are not.

Intense exercise inhibits muscle aging.

Psychedelics really do open up your mind.

Active commuters die less.

Men who strength trained on a ketogenic diet saw increased testosterone compared to those who trained on a standard diet.

Both men and women influence men [to exercise], while only women influence other women.”

The appendix: not so vestigial, after all.

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INTERESTING BLOG POSTS

Athletic options for kids uninterested in traditional team sports.

Amsterdam has a simple and effective strategy for fighting obesity: eliminating fruit juice and promoting more sleep.

How meal planning can help you lose weight.

MEDIA, SCHMEDIA

Researchers are scouring old medieval texts for clues to new antibiotics.

An Italian court rules that cell phone use caused a brain tumor. 

EVERYTHING ELSE

This is another reason to let your kids out to play.

Study data found in basement challenges old claims about dietary fat. A key quote: “Instead, he said, his discovery and analysis of long-lost data underline how the failure to publish the results of clinical trials can undermine truth.”

This is how you age, folks.

AI better than human doctors at gauging heart attack risk.

Techies mess up on food yet again.

Though I still love Thailand, there goes one big reason to visit.

THINGS I’M UP TO AND INTERESTED IN

Editorial I enjoyed: Living longer isn’t the only reason to ride your bike.

How I know the kids are all right: A six-year-old with a science podcast.

Blog post I’m pondering: What Elon Musk’s up to.

Short info bite I liked: Good experiences can block epigenetic trauma.

New Zealand news that didn’t surprise me: A registered dietitian opens up an inquiry into the circumstances of Dr. Schofield’s recent appointment as the new Chief Education Health and Nutrition Advisor, citing his interest into “areas of nutritional controversy.” Here we go.

RECIPE CORNER

TIME CAPSULE

One year ago (Apr 23– Apr 29)

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

All I have to say Sisson is your wife must be really good looking.

Jokes aside, Devyn seems like an amazing individual, mature and wise beyond her years and the book looks awesome.”

– Ha! She is, HealthyHombre, and she is, and it is.

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