Me no work out. And when I do, it must be short. Fifteen minutes max. There’s no point in buying me a gym membership because I won’t go. If I can’t work out in my pyjamas in my living room, well, it ain’t gonna happen because I ain’t doing my beached whale moves/crunches where any skinny gym rats can see me.
Nevertheless, I’ve worked out for two months straight now, because I have my motivation strategy all worked out. And now, you can be motivated too! Here are five steps to motivation:
1. Tell Yourself How Good it is For You
You’ll sleep better, you’ll have better
circulation. It’ll clear the mental fog–but most of all, it will keep you limber. And for me, being able to finally sit cross-legged is a big deal.
That failing, move to:
2. Stand in Front of a Mirror–In Your Underwear
First, flex your muscles and admire the biceps you have developed. Second, squeeze the jelly roll around your middle. Those reverse crunches? Oh yeah, it’ll be gone.
But if that doesn’t work.
3. Kick Your Own Butt
I say to myself “Who’s the boss? Who’s the boss?”
**meekly** “I am.”
“Then get out there!”
But if you’re still on the couch, try:
4. Promise Yourself Something
If I work out four times this week I’ll:
Buy the next book in The Mortal Instruments series. Ding Ding Ding!
But, if you cannot possibly bring yourself to do a squat, lunge or a step on the treadmill, there is one last maneuver you can try.
5. Watch Extreme Makeover: Weightloss Edition
If this doesn’t scare you into your workout gear, at very least it will inspire you. They always look so beautiful at the end, and they have so much confidence!
That’s all we want, right?
Friends, I’m a royal wimp when it comes to working out, but if I’ve learned anything, it’s that doing what you said you would does wonders for the mind, body and soul.
So put on the sweats. Tie back the hair. Off the couch in three, two, one… go!