You’re starting to get sick and tired of people telling you that you’re carrying a little too much around your midsection. If someone says one more thing about your weight, you swear you’re going to transform into the Incredible Hulk and smash their guts to smithereens. But what do you do if you just can’t seem to get your butt off that comfy couch to workout?
If the mere idea of going to the gym only leaves you begging for more time to lounge around in your pajamas, then you definitely must find ways to motivate yourself to start putting those fitness tips you’ve been reading about to good use. What are the things you could do to motivate yourself to exercise, then?
TV and Magazines. You can never underestimate the power of media. Sure, most of those FHM covers have been masterfully Photoshopped, but that could still be good motivation for you to look that way.
Fashion. Wouldn’t it be absolutely wonderful to be able to finally fit into a size 2? This season’s sexy fashions should be enough motivation for you to lose weight. Visualization is the key here. Have a clear picture in your mind of how you want to look, and you’ll have the energy you need to carry out your workout routine.
Looks of disbelief. It would be victory on your part to see your detractors’ mouths gape in awe at how you fit and trim you’ll look.
Hormones. The rush of happy hormones which naturally take over your body after a good and sweaty workout are enough reason to exercise. The relaxing post-workout sensation helps you feel good after hours of boring office work.
Pictures. If a picture paints a thousand words, so can it burn a thousand calories. Take a picture of yourself before embarking on a fitness regime, and periodically take pictures of yourself as you progress through your workout. Seeing your before and after shots will make you realize that your efforts aren’t in vain.
Me-time. Think of exercise as a reward to yourself, the rainbow after the storm of constantly looking after the needs of other people. Make “you” a priority, and you will be in a better frame of mind to carry out your parenting duties, if you’re a mom, for instance.
You don’t have to star on The Biggest Loser just to be motivated to diet and exercise. The desire to be fit and healthy, even without cameras around, will have to come from within you. If you don’t help yourself, sad to say, nobody else can.
Jessy is a stay-at-home mom and weight loss blogger writing on celebrity weight loss and lean cuisine diet.