SparkCoach suggested blogging about how to motivate myself to exercise when I am tired, bored, or just don't want to do it. Here are some thoughts that inspire me:
1. I feel better after I exercise
2. Exercise can be a social activity and a good way to meet new friends. I met many of my friends in my current city through hiking groups and the Nordic ski club.
3. Exercise is good for my arthritis. Even if I am achy when I start, I will feel better after I am moving.
4. It is beautiful outdoors here. Hike, bike, kayak, or snowshoes -- I will enjoy it if I get out there!
5. Exercise helps me stay flexible
6. Exercise helps me lose weight
7. With exercise, my shape is better -- muscles help the figure!
8. I want to be able to stay active and healthy for as long as I can. Exercise helps that!
9. I sleep better when I exercise
10. Exercise helps me overcome boredom, stress, and anxiety
11. Sometimes I don't want to go out because I am slower hiking or skiing than my skinnier friends or my sisters. But I can't let that hold me back. I can just go at my own pace, and enjoy the views, and enjoy their company when I can! (As you might guess, the friends that are faster hike/ski A LOT! that's how they got faster and skinnier! So not everyone is faster than me, but the ones who go out most frequently are very fast).
12. Variety is the spice of life, so keep trying new exercises, and mix in a variety! (this week, my most frequent exercise has been shoveling snow! not easy to escape that chore, and it is hard work. But I mixed it up with yoga, and some home Zumba tapes)
Do you have motivational reminders that keep you exercising? If so, please share them below!
I'll close by adding some photos from my ski trip yesterday with Jeanni, to a beautiful park that was covered with snow. We haven't been able to ski there in years, but the record snowfall made this a delightful outing!
(gosh, all the puffy layers I am wearing make me even larger! Oh well. I had fun and I was active!)
When we returned, we saw a little boy trying to convince his young parents to eat lunch on this snow laden picnic table. As we were skiing away, the dad had dropped the little guy on the table to make snow angel.
My friend Jeanni is very slender and fit; she worked hard to get that way! She is also smart, kind and delightful company. We ski at about the same pace which was great. She is a faster hiker than me (she is 15 years younger), but she is always good hiking companion who will watch out for everyone else.
Enjoy YOUR exercise, Sparkers! Make it fun! I suppose that should be my number one exercise motivator: Make it FUN!