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Ways to Get and Stay Motivated to Workout

Woman is prepared to do workouts. Old photo effect.The summer is ending, and we have been traveling for most of it. As you know I’ve been training for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk coming up in September. I use the word “training” loosely because we have been so busy that I haven’t spent the time I need for this event. I seriously need to get MOTIVATED and make it happen because guess what – I have exactly 24 DAYS until the big day! YIKES!!!!! Needless to say I need to get my butt in gear, don’t you think?

Now, I’ve been walking. Mostly 4-5 miles at a time, and even did a few 9-10 miles at one time. But, we all know that just isn’t enough. I’ve made a pack with myself to walk at least 4 times a week and do back to back long walks. I’ve committed to this event and WILL DO IT, I just hope my feet and legs stay with me. LOL

OK, I’ve made the commitment and I am motivated to make it happen but how in the heck will I find the time? These walks take forever and with the kids still being home for the summer, my time in limited. If you are a parent of children home all the time, how do you find the time to get a workout in? To help me get motivated for these last 24 day training I found some tips to help me, and I hope to help you too.

Ways to Get and Stay Motivated to Workout 

ORGANIZE YOUR TIME - Put dedicated times and dates on your calendar to workout and sick with it. I’ve done this and also made sure that I don’t have any conflicting times with my husband or the kids sports.

SET ALARM - Whether you are working out early in the morning or afternoon/evening its best to set an alarm to keep you on time and also so you don’t forget to workout.

PREP BEFORE HAND - Regardless of the time of day you are working out, lay those clothes out so you are reminded of working out. Every time you walk into your bedroom and see those clothes it will be a little trigger – no backing out! This will also help when getting up for those early morning workouts, everything will be ready so you don’t have to go searching in the dark.

HAVE PROPER GEAR - When you are uncomfortable or your feet are hurting, you don’t want to workout. Make sure you have the proper shoes and workout gear so you are comfortable and will give you less of a chance of inquiry or those dreaded blisters.

EAT HEALTHY - When you make healthy food choices and drink plenty of water  you will have more energy throughout the day which will make it easier for you to get your butt in gear.

RECRUIT A BUDDY - Ask a friend or find a group that is training for the same race to workout with you. I’ve had some great friends and family members encourage me throughout these last months by walking with me during those long miles. I plan on making dates for those long walks and recruiting friends to keep me company.

LISTEN TO GOOD MUSIC - When walking on my own the one thing I cannot do without is having good music to listen to. I have a few Go-To Pandora stations that I love. Some of my favorites are – The Killers, The Avett Brothers, Kid Rock and Dave Matthews

Help me reach my goal for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day

I would also love if you could donate even $5 and help me reach my goal, I am doing the 3 Day Race in honor of my mother and sister in law.

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5 Responses to Ways to Get and Stay Motivated to Workout

  1. Gina B August 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    These are great ideas! I have to get on the ball with this in the fall. I totally blew it this summer! No time at all.

  2. Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife} August 20, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    These are great tips. I would be more motivated if my feet would quit getting injured!! LOL.

  3. Julia August 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    These are great tips! I love the one about setting an alarm. Also we enjoy the same music, DMB and The Killers are my favorites.

  4. Caitlin August 21, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    music always makes such a difference. Also when I eat healthy, I’m also more motivated to keep up with working out.

  5. Barb @ A Life in Balance August 21, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Good tips! I’ve been struggling a bit. I decided to get my ds10 to be my walking buddy. I’m concerned about his weight and endurance. It’s also good one on one time for us.

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