I’ve tried all sorts of weight loss motivation tricks but these two really get me moving.
After writing this column for a year, I’ve picked up some tricks on how to stay excited about exercise. These are the two ideas that really worked for me:
1. Put the fun in fitness: I read a study that said exercisers who are psyched about a new routine spend 63 percent more time doing it. I know it’s true for me! Remember what it’s like when you first start doing something? You love it. You’re into it. You make time for it. Then a few weeks go by and you are bored and feel over it. That’s why I recently picked up a new game for my Nintendo Wii: Gold’s Gym Dance Workout. It combines dance lessons with crazy cardio games (karate chopping blocks of wood, outrunning lions, dodging bulls, jump roping in the desert). It’s so varied that I’ve stayed interested in it. That said, I’m still putting Wii Zumba on my Christmas list. Hint, hint.
2. Make it personal: Know exactly why you're working out and make those reasons specific for you. For me, working out is “paying my life forward.” Each time I work out now, I mentally see myself living another day as an old person. I heard on a motivational CD that if you live to your 50th birthday cancer- and disease-free, you can live to see your 92ndbirthday. Both of my Grandmas did; I want to also!
Our 2011 Weight Loss Diary writer, Stacy, is a 35-year-old former teacher who is looking to get healthy and boost her self-esteem over the next year. Follow along as she goes after her goal!