Thanks to all who participated on our little exercise poll. It appears that those with dogs get exercise walking but most prefer to blog or read rather than exercise. Only 9 out of 38 actually said they worked out at a gym. After being unable to workout for about a year and a half, I am happy to be back in the gym again working out three times a week since the beginning of this year. I thought I’d share with you some things that inspired me to keep working out besides the fact that I know it’s good for my health.
Seeing progress is the best motivator! Acknowledge the small changes and persevere!
Each time I workout, I try to do a little more than I did before. This is why it is important to write down what you do (the exercise or machine you use, the weight, number of reps).
I was thrilled when I did walking lunges and found they were so much easier than when I did them before. Same thing with taking two steps at a time. The other day I could take two at a time with no problem, unlike the first time I tried this.
I also saw great improvement the last time I did my Bosu ball total body workout Saturday. I used to only do one segment with some difficulty but now I am able to do all three segments without any difficulty! For me, this is the biggest motivator. I really felt good after that and look forward to trying the other segments.
It’s also a good idea to take some measurements just for comparison. I was happy to see I lost two inches around my waist from a previous measurement from a year ago! Battling a flabby stomach is a constant battle for me, but now I’m beginning to see my abs again.
It’s also fun to see my strength actually increase when I use heavier weights than previously or do more reps than I did last time. It’s very important to change things up, not just to keep from getting bored but also to keep your muscles guessing so they don’t get used to the same routine.
I really like the FITNESS magazine because it gives lots of tips and examples of different workouts to try, some of which are very challenging. I find the TV show, "The Biggest Loser" very inspiring too! It really makes me want to exercise.