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Staying in shape this summer was super easy.
My family spent two weeks hiking in the mountains. As you can see, we went to the top of mountains. We explored an extinct volcano. There was horseback riding. We enjoyed long evening walks through the city.
Fitness was easy because we were highly motivated.
But when we arrived home, it suddenly got much more difficult. There was less time to workout, of course. But this was more than a time management issue.
There was a motivation issue.
I am very disciplined about going to the gym. I write it in my planner, and it happens most of the time. But once I got there, I often just clocked in my workout. It wasn't fun!
So I thought about what motivates me.
Understanding your own motivations is the key to getting fit.
Think about what motivates you.
Working out with friends? Preparing for a group race? Alone time? Being outside? Relaxing in a yoga group?
Whatever it is, open up your planner or notebook and make a list.
Then, find the workouts that meet those intrinsic motivations.
Personally, I am motivated by competition.
I'm not in good enough shape to really compete against others, but I discovered an Expresso Bike at my local YMCA. While riding the bike, complete with programs that change resistance, you get to watch yourself race against others using the app that comes along with the bike. The video takes you through many natural settings.
Now, I don't expect you to go out and buy an expensive indoor bike (though if I were going to get any piece of exercise equipment, it would be this bike). But check with your gym. And if they don't have one, ask them to buy it.
It's such fun that I feel like I am playing a video game instead of exercising really hard!
I also am motivated by logging. I log my workouts and weight in my planner.
If you log water intake, consider getting a smart water bottle. It's fairly inexpensive and makes sure that you stay hydrated!
Finally, even on a day when I blog about technology (most Saturdays), I have to include a paper fitness journal, perfect for kids who want to get active alongside mom and dad!
Let me know your fitness motivations in the comments!
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