Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness

by Laura Dillavou

If working out sounds like too much hassle, or too much of a time commitment, or maybe you just can’t think of any worse punishment, then this week you will appreciate my column.

I’ve heard it once and I’ve heard it again, the countless excuses as to why one shouldn’t/can’t work out.

Personally, I think it’s time for everyone to get motivated and get moving. It’s a lot easier than you think…I promise.

Work out with someone else.

Whether it’s your roommate, the dog you walk or your love bug, working out with someone is proven to help motivate and concentrate.

Not only will it keep you and your friend more fit, but you can also encourage each other and help keep each other going… and that’s what friends are for, right?

Distractions really work.

If spending thirty minutes on the treadmill makes you want to vomit, then try distracting yourself with something like a magazine, a TV show or a CD.

Some even say to try audio books on CD. With any of these, your mind is taken off the hard work and put onto something that you enjoy, all the while burning calories and helping your heart.

Use a journal and planner.

If you hold yourself accountable for your actions, or lack thereof, and can see when you workout you are more likely to stick with something.

Generally, people don’t like to let themselves down, and when “WORK OUT @ 2 p.m.” is written in bold red letters in a planner, it pushes us to do it. A journal will help document your progress and also help to inspire on your lackluster days.

Give time for yourself.

Working out at the gym, or taking an intense walk can revive a long day’s worth of stress and tension. If you have kids or homework, use this time as a break or reward for reading those 35 pages of Biology wonders.

Afterwards, you will feel revived and relaxed, who couldn’t use that?

Reward yourself

No, rewarding yourself does not mean eating three pieces of double layer chocolate cake. Rather, it can be a day at a spa, shopping for some new jeans, or treating yourself to a sports game.

Anything that will boost your self-confidence and make you realize what all your hard work has paid off. Enjoy a day off with friends or family and know that you deserve it!

Obviously, these are only a few of the ways that one can stay motivated to work out and lose weight. Anything that keeps you going is great, and will push you to higher levels and better results in the end.