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Motivation to Exercise!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

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!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Loved this. Loved it all. One of my problems is, I don't have an exercise/sport/active activity that I love.
    1370 days ago
    Beautiful Pictures! Thank you for sharing.
    1407 days ago
    beautiful pics! and great motivation list
    1408 days ago

    Your list is great! What a great idea to have up on a wall to remind us of how good we feel when we work out. Your pictures as always are beautiful, you do a great job making cold, white stuff look fun.
    1409 days ago
    So beautiful! Good reasons to ecercise.
    1409 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46 live in Paradise. Is there any part of where you live that isn't absolutely beautiful????? And you are so right..............just being out in the fresh air with your friends is so good for you in so many ways. Your list is very complete but what I would add is that I feel very proud of myself after exercising. It takes so much more effort for me now, and when I push through anyway, I am very happy with my accomplishment. That happiness can spur me on the next day to do even better.
    1410 days ago
    Beautiful pictures, Alison.
    1410 days ago
  • URNUTS67
    Great pictures. Skinny active friends are motivation too. I do not like the cold so videos and weights I do. Long walks outside when nice. Best of luck to you
    1410 days ago
  • GINA515
    Beautiful pictures! It's awesome that you have so much fun being active. Thanks for the motivation.
    1410 days ago
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