Editor's note: This is a guest post that originally appeared on the Colorado Get Movin' Challenge blog.
Getting your workout on every day is no easy feat, so I’m giving you some motivating mantras to help get you movin’ for the 30-day Colorado Get Movin' Challenge!
You’ll get motivated to exercise… someday. But right now, your inner couch potato is calling. “Oh, and grab a bag of chips and a soda on the way,” it coaxes.
Maybe it’s time for a new voice.
In fact, finding the mantras that motivate you (“I will wear my skinny jeans again” or “I want to be around for my children”) can move you toward a healthier life. Motivation comes from an event or a reason that inspires you to make the changes you want. Once you unlock that trigger, you’ll find that fitness isn’t something to save for “someday.”
So, what motivates you?
If you’re not sure, why not borrow one of these reasons?
- “I will look like that photo again.” Attach to your bathroom mirror a picture of yourself when you looked and felt your best — and aim to resemble the person in that photo again.
- “I love to track progress." If tracking or charting your weight, reps and distances drives you, you’re in luck with the Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge! Be sure to sign up and use the free online tools to track your physical activity each day.
- “I will live to enjoy my kids and grandkids.” Research shows that exercise lowers heart disease and cancer risk, wards off depression, boosts energy and strengthens bones. Exercise can help you stick around to enjoy your family. If you’re healthier, more energetic, and more positive, your family will enjoy you more too.
- “I will try something new.” Break out of your routine and you’ll be less likely to get bored when working out. If you’re the type of person that likes to do new and different things, bring that same personality to your physical activity. You may make a goal one month to get back on a bike again, and next month, you might want to try snowshoeing.
- “I will ask my friends to work out with me.” Whether teaming up with a walking buddy, signing up for a class, or joining a cycling team, some people need people to propel them to the next level.
- “I will make an investment in my health.” Maybe shelling out some moolah is the only thing that will motivate you. By all means — if it is within your means — join a gym, buy a treadmill or outfit yourself with top-of-the-line workout clothes. Some people are motivated by the financial investment they make, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
- “I will find something I love.” Unlocking something you love can be a huge motivating factor. Whether it’s ballroom dancing with your long-time partner or hiking because mountain scenery invigorates you, find something you’ll enjoy.
Stick to it
Now that you’re motivated, here are some quick tips to make fitness easy to stick with:
- Remain realistic.
Going from “Couch to 5K” in a season is doable. Going from couch to triathlon? Not so much.
- Cultivate convenience.
Pack your gym bag the night before. Pick a reliable exercise buddy. Crank up your treadmill during your favorite TV show. Take advantage of the sunshine and get outside for a walk.
- Appreciate your progress.
Progress can be a motivator, and provide a simple reflection on how far you’ve come. Either way, enjoy it!
Andrea Groth is a Senior Wellness Consultant for Kaiser Permanente Colorado with 18 years of experience in her field. Andrea has climbed 16 Colorado 14ers and is training for Circle the Summit, a bike ride in Summit County, in August 2013. She gets movin’ by hiking, biking and down doggin’.