Oh my, Monday is almost over and I'm just now getting the post up. That is what I get for trying to cram too much into one day after being home from vacation. I was able to take the girls on a bike ride today. I hooked up the trailer and we went off to the grocery store. My 4.1 Mile trek with 2 girls and a trailer and on the way back the trailer filled with groceries as well was a great workout. I will have to put that on the schedule to do a few more times before the heat is too much.
On to the motivation:
Are you internally motivated or externally motivated? If you are internally motived you usually stick to things because you find satisfaction just from completing a project. If you are externally motivated, you might need to reward yourself or see results before you are satsified. When it comes to exercise no doubt we are externally motivated when we see results.
Externally motivated individuals may need a reward sooner than seeing results on the body or in the amount of exercise you are able to complete. I went ahead and created my own chart in PDF format that you can print to keep track of your workouts. Since it's late and I'm not as technically savvy as I'd like, the PDF file is not attached to this blog post. However, E-mail me and I will get it to you ASAP! My e-mail is listed in the sidebar to the right.
The point of this is to keep you motivated to move. This blog is not necessarily about weight loss, it's about getting a FIT lifestyle. It feels good to get out and move and as a result you will feel great emotionally and physically.
At the end of each week you complete your goals you get a reward of your choice. Choose something that you've really been wanting or something that goes along with a hobby of yours. Work up to greater rewards for goals that are going to take a longer time to complete.
If you are just starting out and your goal is to just FIT in 30 minutes of movement that gets your heart rate up for 5 days, reward yourself with a book you like to read, new skein of yarn to knit or crochet with, a new movie to watch.
Work up to larger rewards like a new workout outfit, a new bike, new running shoes, ipod shuffle, things that you are looking forward to getting, but don't have a good reason to...yet.
Start rewarding yourself for getting up and moving!
Since it is late, but you are still up...if you haven't already FIT it in, before bed you need to do 3 sets of 10 crunches or any ab exercise that you prefer. Plank pose is a great ab workout. See if you can hold it for 30 seconds, if you're still not feeling the burn, go another 30 seconds.
And because you are still reading this, you must enjoy it at least a tiny bit. Go ahead and push the Follow button to the right. It feels good to know that there are people out there reading this. Thanks!