{May 29, 2012}   Getting back on the horse

I haven’t posted in far too long. I sprained my ankle working out, causing not only a loss of exercise time for the last couple of weeks, but a profound loss of motivation. While I couldn’t do my usual workouts, I found myself unmovtivated in other areas of my life. I realized that having that exercise routine made me more organized, more focused, and more able to reach my goals. Without that motivation I used to have, skipping ab and arm workouts became much easier. But my ankle is mostly back to normal, and I am more than ready to get back on track with my routine. Everybody loses motivation sometimes; I am a perfect example of this. But I am going to make time to bring those workouts back and motivate myself to continue. How do you keep yourself motivated?


{April 25, 2012}   Just do it.

You’re busy. You have school or work (or possibly both) weighing you down. Your schedule couldn’t possibly get any busier.  Looking at your to-do list, it’s easy to take working out off the agenda. It’s extraneous. It can be pushed back as far as necessary to get all of your other work done. But this method is not constructive, nor will it give you results. Working out is a way to give back to your body. It’s not just a time to clear your head of the stressful clutter of modern life, but also a way to do something healthy for yourself. The minute you remove it from your schedule, you are letting yourself become more bogged down with unnecessary worries. Do yourself a favor: don’t cross the gym off your list until you’ve finished your workout. Your body will thank you. And once you have had the chance to clear your mind a bit, you might just be glad you stuck with it.

{February 24, 2012}   The Old College Try

This past Monday I went to the gym alone, as I always do on Mondays. I hadn’t been to the gym for the past two days (I always take Saturday and Sunday off), and I most certainly felt the time away. The elliptical felt 10 times harder than usual, and I had very little motivation to work on my crunches and other ab exercises. It was, in no uncertain terms, a fail. But I stuck it out until I was done, sweating and panting all the way. And the next day, my workout was that much easier. So here’s what I’m getting at: the more you go, the more you push yourself, the easier your workouts will become. If you give yourself a reason to quit, the next day will prove even easier to give up and go home, and eventually you’ll stop working out altogether. It’s very important to stick to your routine and turn that workout schedule into habit. A couple of weeks after I started working out, I became frustrated with the lack of visible results. This is a common problem for people trying to lose weight : If I don’t look better, why stick with it? But the only way to see a change, is to make that change happen. Be your own motivation. And remember, being healthy is not just a diet or a workout routine: It’s a way of life.

et cetera