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Finding Motivation for Fitness

Are you motivated?  How does someone just find the energy to get out of bed, eat breakfast, bring the kids to school, go to work, leave work only to have to pick up a few things at the store, come home, make dinner, clean the house, put the kids to bed, and eventually crash on the couch with exhaustion.  Exercise?  Who has time for that?

Everyday fitness has been slowly pushed aside due to our full schedules.  We tend to excuse ourselves from exercise without realizing the effects it would have on the way we function.  Having been a personal trainer for over 10 years I have heard almost every excuse in the book when it comes to exercising.  The truth is, if we don’t put ourselves first, we are no good to anyone else.  Having three kids of my own, I know that I would not have enough energy to function at my best if I didn’t exercise on a regular basis.   This is why many larger companies are offering “corporate wellness” as part of their employee benefits package.  Those who exercise are more productive and have stronger immune systems, which ultimately lead to less sick-days.

If you are a stay at home mom, imagine yourself being able to do more tasks in the day without having to rest in between.  Just by taking even 30 minutes a day to dedicate to physical activity you can drastically decrease your risks for heart disease, osteoporosis, many types of cancers, as well as increasing your energy level to make you feel great.  Not only this, but since your immune system becomes stronger after regular exercise we can reduce the amount of days we spend sick or even injured.  What can we get done while out with the flu?  Not too much.

Okay, we all I’m sure have heard the benefits of exercise.  Now how to I fit it in my schedule or even what do I do to get started?  Here are a few tips to get that body moving.

1.     Grab a partner-Those who have someone to workout with, tend to stick to a program longer, have more fun, and are able to cheer each other on.

2.     Find something you like to do-The last thing you want to do is dread your workout everyday.  There are so many forms of physical activity out there, you are bound to find something that attracts you.

3.     Take your lunch hour to squeeze in a 30-minute walk-This can revive you for the rest of the day.  We all have felt that midday slump and dread going back to work.  This is also a very good way of squeezing in that well deserved “me time”.

4.     Take your kids outside- If you have kids, this is a great way to get them out as well supplying you with time to spend with your family.

The most important thing is to make sure you take time to care for yourself.  You have to walk around with your body all day long and if we don’t eat the right foods or get the right amount of exercise in, you could feel the negative effects sooner than you would like.  So get out there and get moving.  In the long run you will be so glad you did!  Are you motivated now?

This article was provided by Elite Training & Fitness Inc.
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