Repost: Motivate Yourself to Work Out in 5 Easy Steps

Oh, it makes me giggle to see how far I’ve come. I wrote this one year ago, before I’d ever dreamt of running. Now, well, It seems I’ve become a gym rat. The horror! Enjoy these 5 workout tips, from a former no-worker-outer. ūüôā

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.

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Science has proven that wearing something made by Lululemon causes you to burn 25% more calories

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.

Not kidding.

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!”

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I’ve got my game face on.

But if you’re still on the couch, try:

4. Promise Yourself Something

If I work out four times this week I’ll:

Eat chips.

Fail.

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!

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Resting is Growing, Waiting is Training

“Don’t try to do more, even if you feel you can,” the Couch to 5K program said.

“No problem,” I said. ¬†At the time I couldn’t run at all. ¬†I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be tempted. ¬†But now I’ve built up some ability and I’m eager to see what I can really do. ¬†Don’t try to do more? ¬†What’s that supposed to mean?

I was taught to work hard since I was big enough to hold a broom. ¬†My parents are both hard workers and, because I came from a large family, everyone needed to do their part. ¬†Since my late teens I’ve been pumped full of success principles:¬†dream big, make no excuses, just do it. ¬†I’m driven. ¬†I’ve got a dream. ¬†I work hard at it.

I’ve also been taught that you need to ‘sharpen the saw’ as Stephen Covey said. ¬†I’m not good at it. ¬†I can’t leave my laptop at home. ¬†I can’t put down the book. ¬†I can’t get off Twitter and Facebook.

This week, as I read through¬†The Way of the Fight, by Georges St. Pierre, I read something that made a lot of sense. ¬†St. Pierre said: “What balance has also are the following two incredibly important lessons: 1) resting is growing and 2) waiting is training.”

Resting is Growing

“What does ‘resting is growing’ really mean? ¬†It means that you have to give your body time to recover from tough workouts, especially if you’re training every day. ¬†It sounds really weird to people who work out so much, but that’s because they’re addicted to the workout. ¬†They can’t stop. ¬†Trust me, I’ve been there. ¬†It’s because the body and the brain are sometimes fighting battles. ¬†The body wants to rest and grow, while the brain thinks the body needs more work.”

I’m no elite athlete, and in spite of my enthusiasm, I assure you, I don’t feel like running every day. ūüôā ¬†But, I can insert ‘writing’ or ‘work’ or ‘networking’ or whatever activity one might obsess over. ¬†Resting is growing. ¬†The body needs time to rebuild, and likewise the mind needs time to digest the information it takes in, to charge with new inspiration and to gain strength from joyful interaction with others. ¬†I’ve learned that I need to schedule time to shut off work and writing, and be truly present in other fun activities–i.e. a movie or dinner with my family.

Rest is productive time.

Waiting is Training

“‘Waiting is training’ means that I can spend more time preparing mentally for my next session or fight, and less time physically exhausting myself. ¬†By waiting, I’m sending a message that strategy is more important than pure physical power, that tactics surpass repetition, and that the brain is the most powerful muscle in the body.”

I experienced this with my blog this week. ¬†Normally, my tactic is ‘full steam ahead.’ ¬†If I’m not happy with the traffic on my blog, I throw more posts at the problem.

That sounds violent…

I write more, in other words. ¬†This week (also while reading GSP’s book) I realized that I was beating my head against the wall. ¬†I needed outside perspective. ¬†Instead of posting as usual, I needed to¬†wait, ask writing colleagues to look at my site, and find ways to do things differently. ¬†As a result I embarked on a site overhaul. ¬†I had to¬†wait¬†instead of posting because I didn’t have the time to dedicate to both writing and redesigning.

I clarified my values and my goals in the process.  Now my efforts can become more focused.

You can learn from anything, I tell you. ¬†I thought¬†The Way of the Fight¬†would be an interesting read. ¬†I didn’t know it would be the best book I’d read in months.

Today I’m not running. ¬†I felt like it, but I didn’t. ¬†I am writing, so maybe this is a tad hypocritical. ¬†BUT, yesterday I watched The Matrix instead of writing. ¬†You know, a writer can learn a lot from a movie…

I just can’t turn it off, my friends. ¬†I’m working on it!

Quotes from The Way of the Fight, by Georges St. Pierre.

Motivate Yourself to Work Out in 5 Easy Steps

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.

20140609-215253-78773105.jpg
Science has proven that wearing something made by Lululemon causes you to burn 25% more calories

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.

Not kidding.

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!”

20140609-215050-78650942.jpg
I’ve got my game face on.

But if you’re still on the couch, try:

4. Promise Yourself Something

If I work out four times this week I’ll:

Eat chips.

Fail.

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!

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