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!

Drop Off, Dash Off!

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The start of school means I get the opportunity to run again with my son, Joel. After I drop off Aleyah at school on Mondays and Wednesdays (when Daddy takes Anna to preschool), I park the car, unload the jogging stroller, strap in the boy, and dash off on our 2-3 mile run! We really enjoy our runs together, and I must say this was one of the main things I looked forward to as the new school year began. If I were a poet, I would write a sonnet to my jogging stroller.  🙂

My philosophy when it comes to exercising is ‘Do what you can, when you can.’ My marathon training requires 6 mile runs on some mornings. I have found that it sometimes works best for the family if I do 3 miles before they rise, and finish it with Joel when the girls are in school. So find a slot of time in your schedule, and get moving! It may take a bit of planning, but you won’t regret it and will feel better for doing it.

If you are looking for a great jogging stroller, this Expedition stroller has seen many, many miles over the last 6+ years! I have never had any problems with it, and it still has a lot of life left in it. When looking for a jogging stroller, remember that the front wheel does NOT turn. If you find a 3-wheeled stroller that has a movable front wheel, it is not for running. Take a look down the aisle and find the right one.