Getting motivated

This #WorkoutWednesday, it’s all about finding motivation during the worst month of the year.

Another round of snow is threatening to dump on New York tomorrow, so I’m making sure I get to the gym tonight.

It’s been a long, harsh winter. For being the shortest month, February sure is hanging around longer than it should, don’t you think? I’m eager to get back outside, but for now I’m really trying to keep my workout motivation up. My brain is telling me it would be great to order pizza, make chocolate chip cookies and bury myself under my covers all evening. My body is telling me to get moving. Here are my tricks:

  1. My Fitbit is tracking me. I can’t hit my goal of 10,000 steps per day without special effort. I can bundle up to penguin-walk on ice or to trudge through snow or just go to the gym. I’ll take the gym.
  2. I pay for a gym membership, and I love my gym. I like to do what I call “gym math.” I take my monthly fees ($73) and divide by the number of times I go each month. I want that number to be around $5 per visit.
  3. I found gym classes and teachers I like and go to them. I mix in strength, cardio and yoga. Crunch is a big gym, but if I go to the same class each week, I feel like I’m missed when I’m not there.
  4. I get competitive with myself. I just went up to heavier weights in Weigh Hard Cardio class. I want to log more workouts this month than I did last month, etc.
  5. I do core work at home on workout days when I can’t get to the gym.
  6. I schedule it. Since I have my core classes I go to each week, it’s easy for me to schedule other things around it. If I go to Diesel on Monday, I can go to dinner with my friends Tuesday. Kangoo is late Wednesday, so I have time for a meeting right after work.
  7. Sometimes I just force myself to go by remembering how I feel when I don’t work out. After sitting at a desk all day or being cooped up at home, I need to get out, stretch my legs and see people. Skipping that makes for a crabby Candace.

Published by Candace

I’m a journalist, nutritionist, doting auntie, one-time bobsledder, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.

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