Hump Day Slump

Whether it’s the Hump Day slump or that afternoon fizzle you feel, a lack of energy can be combated by exercise.

  • According to experiments conducted by Robert Thayer, PhD, at California State University, a brisk, 10 minute walk, can increase energy levels for up to 2 hours. And when the daily 10-minute walks continued for three weeks, overall energy levels stayed elevated.
  • 58% of women feel more energized after they’ve had a workout according to a poll

Yet another reason to motivate us to add exercise to our daily routine! (Oh yeah, and a cup ‘o joe never hurt either!)

Staying Motivated Once You Get Motivated

Staying Motivated Once You Get Motivated

Yesterday, I blogged about getting motivated to move. Now here is how to stay motivated once you are indeed moving…

  1. Do Something You Enjoy– Find something you want to do and look forward to doing.
  2. Be Friendly– Find a workout buddy. The accountability will ensure that you stick to your workouts.
  3. Rock Out– A recent study in the Journal of Science and Medicine In Sport showed that triathletes who listened to tunes were able to go almost 20% longer than those who trained without music.
  4. Set Attainable Goals– Make sure your goals are realistic and results will be seen fairly quickly. Shoot for losing weight in small increments. Strive to add a 2 minute run to your existing walk, or add 5 minutes of running to  your established route.
  5. Schedule It – Just like you make a date with your spouse/significant other or a friend, make a date with yourself to complete your workout. Then you can be a better spouse, friend, and parent.
  6. Support A Cause– The youth girls and I are participating in Pregnancy Resources Walk-a-thon on March 17th. (Click and pledge your support!) My friend, Sara, just completed a 5 mile race last weekend for Be Her Freedom– a ministry that promotes awareness and is counteracting the human trafficking that exists in our world today. Find a cause, make a commitment to walk, run, bike, or whatever it may be, and exercise for a greater purpose!
  7. Reward Yourself– Buy a new workout outfit, get a massage, or treat yourself to a healthy meal- do something to celebrate your successes!

Motivation to Move

For most people who are looking to begin an exercise program, their main goal is lose weight and look better. While that can be a motivator in and of itself, sometimes the thought of putting forth the energy to get moving is still enough of a deterrent to keep a person on the couch. But the best motivation to get up and moving is when we know just how much exercise benefits us physically and mentally. If you are having trouble beginning and/or maintaining an exercise program, take a look at all that exercise does for the human body. When you approach physical activity with these benefits in mind, they hopefully will be a catalyst to propel you to get up and move.

Regular exercise can:

  • Reduce the risk of developing heart disease
  • Reduce high blood pressure or the risk of developing high blood pressure
  • Reduce high cholesterol or the risk of developing high cholesterol
  • Reduce the risk of developing various cancers
  • Reduce the risk of developing diabetes or help control existing diabetes
  • Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints
  • Improve mental well-being by reducing stress, depression and anxiety
  • Enhanced performance in work and recreation
  • Maintain and improve sleep patterns

Exercise is a gift you give your body. Your body was designed to work and move, and once you get in the habit of working out, your body will miss those occasionally skipped sweat sessions and you will notice the difference in the way you feel.