I know many of you use a fit-bit or some other calculator to measure your daily burn, but I require some personal motivation. The pants getting a little tight is one thing, but the other is that I enjoy having other people to work with in a common goal of being healthy.
Enter my motivators!
#1: A ‘Get-Outside’ Challenge
First, I am joining for the Winter Chill Challenge, with Run Mommy Run, a Canadian Blogger who is a runner, and a twin (which this twin mom loves!), and motivated for enough for lots of us! Her challenge is just to GO outside and be active for at least 30 minutes a day. I can do that. I hope. I hate the cold weather, so this is a great and very real challenge for me!
#2: An ‘Every day do a little bit’ Challenge
My second challenge that I am taking on is with Femme Fitale Fit Club- she has tons of fun motivations throughout the year, but I am following her quickie, ab-squat-water challenge, as it tacks on nicely with the getting outside challenge.
My plan is to print out the calendar from the ab-squat-water challenge and do those every morning, and then fit the winter challenge in during the day with my 30 minutes of extra outside time.
If you want to follow along via social media:
#WinterChill @ for the outside challenge – tally up your weekly minutes and post every Sunday by 8pm.
##getabsandsquats @FemmeFitaleFitClub for the quick-morning exercises and water (64oz+ a day) challenge.
And finally…My #3 Motivator: Plan for a Race
Maybe it is a 5k, or a longer walk than you’ve done so far, or even a 2 hour spin-a-thon with a friend… Whatever you need, plan to make something BIG happen by the end of the month. It’s a goal to work toward, and for me it is a race, to ring in the new year!
If these 3 things don’t do it for you, and if you need just some regular, every day motivation to keep you moving, I have a #4 for you:
Cookies. I hate to be so basic about this, but truly, I don’t deprive myself of much, as I firmly believe that life is short…So a balance in all things, viewpoint is more my approach.
Because of my holiday baking addictions, I will definitely need some push on the exercise front to keep it all in balance this season! While I know you can’t out-exercise a bad diet, you can mitigate the little treats that you indulge in here and there with a lot more healthy living in-between. Plus, with more exercise, I am more interested in making healthy choices than in over-doing any one sweet that will often leave me feeling physically bad.
I like to enjoy this season,as I know you do too. So I hope you will motivate yourself to get up and move, however you see fit to do it!