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Welcome to Day 23! You’ve almost made it to week 4! Can you believe it? January is almost over!
This week we are focusing on taking care of you. If you aren’t at your best by taking care of your mind and body then you won’t be able to do all the other things you should be doing to improve your life.
So let’s focus on you.
I’m sure you are well aware that exercise is important and a great way to improve not only your health but your quality of life.
I’ve never been athletic or a big fan of exercise. Over the last year or two, I have made more of an effort to move more and I am hoping to make exercise a bigger priority in 2020.
How to get motivated to exercise more
If like me you aren’t a big fan of working out or exercise then you may be struggling to find the motivation to get started or to continue with a program.
You can do a few things to increase your motivation to work out though. These things will make it easier to do and easier to stick with.
Have a friend or family be your accountability partner, It’s easy to flake on yourself and not go for that run you said you would. It’s harder to flake on your friend or spouse who you workout with or check-in with after you workout.
2-Make it a habit by making it a plan:
You will be more motivated to work out if you set yourself up for success. Plan to workout in the morning then set out your workout clothes and shoes so it’s easier to just get up, get ready and go.
Put working out in your calendar and you will be more likely to get it done. So add that run, swim or class to your calendar to increase your motivation.
3-do something you enjoy:
You are more likely to do something or stick with something if you like doing it. Either the activity you do is enjoyable. Like dancing if you like to dance, swim if you like to swim, etc. You can also do something you enjoy while working out. Like listening to podcasts or audiobooks while you run.
4-Use a Fitbit or fitness tracker:
I have been using this Fitbit for years. When I got it I was surprised by how little I move. I still don’t move as much as I should but seeing my number forces me to try to get in more steps. I like to beat my previous week’s number and push myself to move more.
5-Use an app:
Find an app that has a 30-day workout to remind yourself to a quick workout every day. These workouts are short and usually focus on one body part at a time. Like your arms, belly or butt.
6-Commit to fit in exercise in little bits:
If making the commit to workout feels like too much or too much of a time commitment. Have no worries you can fit in little bits of exercise throughout your day and those little bits can add up to change in your body and health.
Park a little further from the store and get in more steps, choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator. When you play with your kids make it a physical activity like tag or hopscotch.
See it isn’t that hard to motivate yourself to exercise. It’s all about making small changes to your life to make it easier to commit to doing.
Throughout this challenge, there will be many different worksheets and printables for you to use. I suggest you print them out and organize them together in a binder or folder so you can journal as you go You can find and follow me on Instagram where I will be sharing my journey for the challenge. Follow me there at @afreshstartonabudget. Tag me in any posts you make that goes along with this month of challenge posts.
Make Sure You check out tomorrow’s post. It will be about making time for reading. Which is one of my favorite self-care activities.
Here is my schedule for what we will be working on in January.