Finding the time and the motivation to exercise challenges almost everyone. I go through phases where I’m really into exercise, and then I lose motivation and become more into chips and soda. It’s a vicious cycle. Earlier this year, I realized that I had put on a LOT of weight since we moved, and I started trying to find simple things I could do to “declutter” my body.
The one thing that has helped me the most was to try to incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into my schedule each day. Over the summer, I would take walks in the evenings and let my husband have some alone time after our kiddos went to sleep. Now that the weather is changing, and it’s darker and colder in the evenings, that’s not always a possibility.
Staying motivated has been tough, and I’ve had to come up with different incentives to keep myself going.
Tips for Staying Motivated to Exercise
- Limit exercise time to just 30 minutes. Sure, more would be better, and sometimes I do walk for longer. Knowing I only have to do 30 minutes makes the whole thing seem more bearable.
- Focus on the benefits. We all know that exercise is beneficial to our health. One of the best benefits for me is that exercising significantly lowers my stress level. It helps me get rid of some of the crazy.
- Find a distraction. When I walk outdoors, I always listen to podcasts. Sometimes I’ll call my mom or a friend, and that really makes time fly. If I run, I listen to music I love. I try to save some songs for runs so they I’m not tired of them.
- Have a backup plan. I was used to walking outdoors, and now it’s raining all of the time (I live in Washington). Walking outside isn’t always possible anymore. So now, I set up an old-school step aerobics step in front of my TV and watch shows or YouTube videos that I know will distract me.
- Make it part of my daily to-do list. I have a daily to-do list, and I love being able to check off “30 Minutes of Exercise.” What can I say – I’m a list maker, and I love to cross things off the list!
Exercising is one of the components of my daily routine that really makes a huge difference. I also really try to make sure I get to read each day as part of my daily routine. These two things make me a much happier mama!
How do you fit exercise into your schedule?
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