Now that the weather’s warmer, it’s easier to be more active and to get yourself in shape for summer! Every week, I get “The Fit List” from Fitness magazine via email. The stories can sometimes be hit or miss, but the one featured yesterday had a few great tips. I thought I’d share some of them, sprinkled with a few of my own ideas! 🙂
Peel Back the Layers
Heading out for a run? Ditch the long sleeves and pants for shorts and a tank. Wearing your more revealing workout clothes can act as a motivator to get in shape, especially when you know you’ll be wearing that much less poolside!
Suit Up & Show Up
Whenever I’m not feeling a workout, I suit up! Just putting on my running clothes works as a pretty decent motivator for me. I rarely get dressed to workout and then just hang out on the couch. If you plan to hit the gym after work, pack everything you need the night before and put it in your car so you’re ready to go. That way, you won’t have the chance to make excuses the next day.
The second component to this is to show up! Not feeling a run? Tell yourself you’ll just go a mile and see how you feel. If a mile is all you can do–hey you did something! But once I get going, it’s usually not as bad as I think it’s going to be. And even if it is that bad, at least I did something!
With busy schedules, it’s easy to let your workout be the first thing that gets cut from your day. Don’t let it! Schedule a time for yourself to move as many days a week as you want to commit to. Whether it’s attending a class, running with a friend, or just doing a weight workout on your own, carve out time in your day to workout. For me, I know I get cranky if I don’t get a workout in, so it’s a no-brainer. Even if it occasionally means I’m up at 5 AM, forgoing that extra 45 minutes of sleep is worth it to me in the long run.
Nothing motivates me more than having something to work toward. I’m not talking about a goal weight here–I’m talking competition! Whether it’s training for a race or just a goal to workout 6 days a week, I love having an end point in mind.
When there’s cake in the office kitchen or doughnuts at the meeting, it’s easy to get derailed from your healthy eating. I always bring my meals and snacks with me to work, so I know I’m eating whole, nutritious foods that are going to fuel me through my day. But, I make sure to mix it up by bringing different things each day so I don’t get bored and will therefore be less tempted to indulge in office goodies! When I know I have a healthy option that’s actually something I want to eat, it’s easier to take the healthier route.
On the flip side of that, if I go for that morning meeting bagel or have some of the cake someone brought in, I don’t eat all of my meals and snacks that I brought with me, too. Chances are, I’m not hungry for them anyway. And if I am, I go ahead and eat them, but I might go a little lighter for dinner–say, a salad instead of pasta. Easy peasy. And I don’t feel deprived!
What are your best tips for springing into shape?