Motivation. Everyone lacks motivation for something and unfortunately most of the time working out is at the bottom of our lists. It is so much easier to exercise if there is something that is motivating you. So, what is your motivation to start exercising? Is it for your kids? Is it for yourself? Have you signed up for your first 5k or half-marathon? Has your doctor recommended you start exercising for your health?
Let’s face it, it’s hard to take that first step out the door. You come home from work feeling like you have a million things to do and the last thing on your mind is to get a workout in. You may feel tired and have no energy to move your body, but getting in a short 30-minute workout may make you more productive to get those household chores finished.
If you feel you don’t have any time after work with other obligations try to get up before work and squeeze in 30 minutes. I know what you’re thinking: cutting out sleep by getting up earlier will make me tired later in the day. Actually, studies have shown that waking up and getting in a workout before you start your day can make you more productive. Getting your workout done early will leave you more time after work to go watch your child’s extracurricular activities or just go home and relax.
Find a routine and stick with it. It won’t be easy at first but once you make a habit of it, you will feel like something is missing from your day when you don’t do it. A little trick that I do is to write down my goal or my motivation on a sticky note, or multiple sticky notes, and place them places where I always look to help me stay focused. Whatever it takes, find your motivation and stay focused!