What do you think about as you prepare to exercise? I do my exercise in the morning before breakfast before anything. It takes some thinking and some preparing and some motivating to get me out of bed and get those running shoes on. There’s a lot of mental work to getting started for any kind of exercise or movement. Here’s what I figured out over the years that makes it work.
You have to find what works for you.
Me, I need to exercise in the morning. Before I do anything else.
Here I am forcing my pre run smile.
What I like about working out in the morning.
1. It’s gets done. No excuses
2. I get showered after and no need for a second shower later in the day
3. It makes me feel GREAT all day. Energized. Ready to kick it for the rest of the day.
4. I make better food choices after working out.
What makes it hard for me and ways I’ve learned to overcome those objections my head creates.
1. Someone needs my help with something. On the days I’m home, I work out before anyone is awake. This way I can’t be distracted by “honey where’s my belt?”
2. I can’t find my outfit in the dark. So, I lay it out the night before. I have a blogging friend who sleeps in her running wear. I love that!!
3. It’s raining. Yes I have a treadmill. So no excuses. I highly recommend all weight loss surgery friends acquire a treadmill. I know not a cheap suggestion. But exercise is key to taking off and keeping off your weight. It’s worth the expenditure. Many times you can buy them on Craig’s List or Want Ads lightly used.
4. I’m sick of my work out. Now stop. There are so many things you can do to move. Run. Walk. Dance. Zumba. Swim. Karate. Yoga. Wii Fit. Classes. Snow shoe. Bike. Hike. Hola hop. Jump rope. Cross fit. P90x. Dodge ball. There is something you can find that you enjoy. I’ve learned to find exercises that fit the season so I don’t get bored. Mountain Bike on trails in the nice weather. Snow shoe in the winter. I run three days and on off days walk or yoga. Or something else.
I try to exercise at least five days a week for at least 30 minutes.
If you’re unsure how much you should exercise. Ask your surgeon. If your not in contact with your weight loss surgery program and want some professional help find a gym they typically have certified trainers who can help you with a program.
But really you don’t need a gym. Just get out there and move everyday. No excuses!!
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