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I make sure that I always "like to exercise". Even if I'm tired or come home from a exhausting day, I don't want to miss my exercise. So motivation is my key. I stay motivated by finding new exercises that would give me health benefits that are a help in everyday life. For example, I took on jump rope so that I could walk farther and in general have more endurance. And also I choose exercises that are fun, challenging and beautiful--that would be yoga. Yoga is like an art form for the body.
My challenge from SparkPeople today is to move three times when I would normally be sitting. So I got an idea from one of SP articles--stretching. I like yoga. And if you do a lot of sitting, things start to stiffen and ache. So getting up every once and while and doing a standing Yoga stretch like warrior or dancers pose will help posture and take away pain. Just a few moments of this I know will work wonders. And if you are challenging yourself with a new pose, that will make it fun!
My secret is when I walk on the treadmill I don't do it all on the same level. EXAMPLE (.speed 3mph 15 minutes on incline 10 then 15 minutes on incline 14 then I do the last 10 minutes on incline 15 , my weight seemed to really start to come off then. I try to mix it all up on there so my body has to work differently .
I try to have all sorts of motivation for myself to keep on track with my fitness. It's all too easy to do a little less or skip exercise entirely because I might be feeling tired. So I make it a point to ask other people about their fitness routine. And then we have a fitness discussion. After that I keep up with that person and we continue to have fitness discussions. It's like having an invisible fitness buddy and I include someone in my workout endeavor.
I'm fortunate enough to live within two miles of a couple business districts so walking to the store or appointments is something I can do with a little planning. Now, I hang up the car keys and plan my schedule each day with the time I need to walk to and from the destination. I can easily get in an hour workout each day doing this. So many added benefits too - fresh air, great scenery and occasional visits with people along the way.