I was having a conversation with one of my best friends the other night (over brick toast, ahem) and the topic of fitness came up. Knowing fully well that fitness is my middle name and that I love it so much, she asked me how she can be motivated to actually WORKOUT. Even though she has a gym membership and knows her way around the cardio machines, her busy schedule and lack of energy have been the greatest obstacle to reaching her health and weight loss goals.
Now, I don’t claim myself to know it all but I certainly have found my own way of staying in shape while having fun at it! Read: we all want to be fit and have a life at the same time, right? And so do I!
So after realizing that far too many of my loved ones, and perhaps even you, have been needing motivation to actually LACE UP YOUR SNEAKERS, GET YOUR BUTT OFF THE COUCH, AND GET MOVING, I decided to show you my four go-to moves.
These exercises are now pretty popular in the world of fitness, but not too many folks choose to do them because:
a) they look too boring and simple
b) that move cannot possibly get me in shape
c) it’s all or nothing and unless I run 6 miles everyday, I can’t lose weight and get healthy
d) I feel tired and just worked for 10+ hours straight
e) all of the above!
Well, after talking to countless people about their lack of motivation despite the fact that they want to be fit and healthy, I came up with the theory that most of us fall into the C and D category. And to make matters worse, we feel like we need to perform all these exercises for long periods of time. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Sure, if our goal is indeed to burn a lot of fat, then we need to have days when we give it our all for X amount of time, but there are days when we should feel free to get in a few minutes here and there throughout the day with our full effort. Remember that you have to make those few minutes count!
As long as we’re doing something and getting our heart pumping, we are doing good to our bodies!
And I truly believe that the four moves I’m about to share with you can be revolutionary in your pursuit of fitness if you just stick to them. Just give it a few weeks and I’m sure you will notice a huge difference in your health, strength, and physique. Much like I have experienced, I’m sure you’ll become motivated once you start doing these simple moves. Sometimes that’s all it takes! To let your body know that you’re getting out of your comfort zone and then BAM, you just went all out for 20 minutes.
For more scientific talk, here’s an excerpt from Marc Perry’s article about the effectiveness of HIIT type workouts, which explains everything better than I can:
“At higher intensities, you are burning far more fat, even though the fat/glycogen ratio is lower.1 2 In addition, interval training allows you to exercise at very high intensities for a much longer period of time than steady state, so you burn more fat.
As an added bonus, there’s also an afterburn effect known as EPOC (excess-post exercise oxygen consumption). You increase your metabolism and burn more calories for up to 24 hours after interval training, whereas going for a jog burns almost NO calories after.”
So whatever favorite exercise you choose to perform, make sure you give it your all for that short period of time.
Hope you have an amazing day and let’s challenge ourselves in every way!
What are your 4 go-to moves when you’re dragging yourself and lack motivation?
Do you have a favorite routine these days? Links are welcome!
What methods do you use to motivate yourself?
-For me it’s mostly mental (unless I’m sick and I need to take a rest), so I usually remember how refreshed and rejuvenated I feel AFTER working out.