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Exercise. We love the idea of it. We love the look of it. We definitely love the benefits of it. So why do we find it so hard to get out the door to go workout!?! It doesn't matter whether it's a cool class at the fitness center, or running outside on a beautiful day, sometimes it is too hard to get up and just do it.
Womensforum and Poise® have collected seven secrets to making exercising look good from the people who make it look so easy. You know who they are—the ones who somehow smile and laugh all while sweating up a storm. We hope these seven secrets inspire you to make it happen.
Have a Good Attitude About Working Out
Duh! So how does that happen? We're glad you asked. First, exercise doesn't have to take hours or require that you force yourself into monotonous or painful activities you hate. A little exercise is better than nothing. Modest amounts of physical activity can have a profound effect on your mental and emotional health. Short 5-, 10-, or 15-minute bursts of activity can be very effective.
Be Kind to Yourself
Don’t beat yourself up about your body, your current fitness level or your supposed lack of willpower. All that will do is demotivate you. Instead, look at your past mistakes and unhealthy choices as opportunities to learn and grow.
Don't think, “I'm too fat,” “I'm out of shape” or "I can't because I have a leaky bladder." People who make exercise look easy say they fight the excuses vs. making them. Too fat? Go swimming. Out of shape? Start with a simple daily walk. Have a weak bladder? Grab some Poise Thin-Shape Pads* and even if you do leak it won't bother you because the 3-in-1 protection keeps you dry, odor-free and comfortable. Few problems make exercise out of the question, so stop the excuses. Seize your #PoiseMoment.
Find Your Happy Place
Those workout smiles you envy are on the faces of people who love what they're doing. Fitness pros say you don't have to pick the exercise everyone else is doing. Think about the most active thing you do that you enjoy. Choose activities that make you feel happy and confident. If your workout is unpleasant or makes you feel clumsy or inept, you’re unlikely to stick with it. Don’t choose activities like running or lifting weights at the gym just because you think that’s what you should do. Instead, pick a fitness routine that fits your lifestyle and abilities.
Pair your workout with a treat! We don't mean a cupcake after you sweat it out, though. Listen to an audiobook or watch your favorite TV show while on the treadmill or stationary bike. Ride your bike to an outdoor concert or festival. The key is to stop connecting exercise with misery and start pairing your workouts with fun activities.
Log Your Activity
Keep a record of your workouts and fitness progress. Writing things down increases commitment and holds you accountable to your routine. Better yet, use a device to track your steps or activity. Many come with an option to have friends or family connect and share details. This creates a community of support to help keep you on your path.
It might help you to read a health and fitness magazine or visit an exercise website and get inspired with photos of people being active. Then treat it like a place you would visit on vacation. Try the new class, hotspot or even the new move. Sometimes reading about or looking at images of people who are healthy and fit can motivate you to get moving too.