“Just Do It”
When you first start a new fitness routine, you are energized and your motivation levels are at an all-time high. But over time, that motivation begins to wane and what used to seem easy to do (popping in that workout DVD, heading out for a walk or getting to the gym) is now like pulling teeth. Can you relate?
While eating right and cutting excess calories can help you lose weight, exercise is an integral part to making sure that you maintain lean muscle mass, flood your body with those important feel-good endorphins, and improve your overall heart health. Regular exercise can also help you lose weight since it burns calories and fat. So, if you’re thinking of skipping a few workouts—don’t!
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Schedule your exercise and honor it as you would a doctor appointment
- Reward yourself for following through!
- Workout during your favorite TV show
- Listen to music that inspires you to exercise before you work out as well as during.
I want to encourage others to do what they need to do to be healthy. I want to encourage you to stay in the fight and not give into the excuses. Nike still has the best excuse-buster I can think of: Just Do It!
Does it mean getting up early even though you’d rather sleep longer? Just do it. Does it mean staying up later to hit the gym and cook a healthy meal? Just do it. Is it hot or cold outside? Just do it.
You name the reason why you shouldn’t do it, and just do it anyway.
Also, check out this article by Rob Poulos on fitness that may help you in burning fat doing the right kind of workouts and it may not be what you think. Is Your Fat Burning Exercise Routine Keeping You Fat And Unhealthy?
*Lori Shemek was recently named one of the “Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts” by the Huffington Post, alongside Dr. Oz!