I’ve found that for most people (including me and the clients I’ve worked with) that it’s pretty easy to stick with healthy eating and workout routines during the week but for whatever reason the weekends throw a wrench into things.
Without a strong enough reason why you want to change something (eg. your weight) you will find it hard to make long lasting changes. Be clear on the reason why you want to change something, write it down.
It isn’t easy staying motivated to exercise, especially if you’re a beginner. The truth is that most experienced exercisers would probably agree some days they’ve got it, some days they don’t. If you’re trying lose weight, get fit and make exercise a habit, you may be surprised to learn that there’s not much difference between you and people who exercise regularly. There’s no magic pill that brings discipline and motivation to your workouts. So what do they have that you don’t have? It’s all in the way you think.
Do you have those days when you feel like the whole universe is conspiring to keep you from reaching your fitness goals? Sometimes we sabotage ourselves. Other times, life interferes with our exercise plans. The rain is pouring and you just wanted to run outside, the gym is too hot to work out in, you left your gym bag at home, bed feels too comfortable to get out of? A really great show just started on tv and you have to watch it! Sound familiar?
It’s no secret that exercise is suggested to help with a variety of human issues, right from treating depression to improving memory. In particular, recent research suggests exercise leads to the release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain that alleviates pain, both physical and mental. Much of the research done in this area focuses on running, but all types of aerobic exercise can provide benefits.
One of the reasons I have managed to work out consistently for many years is that I always keep my routines fresh and interesting. For me, it’s not enough to just change up my strength-training routine or running route (although I do both). I also like to set new goals to give myself something to look forward to with anticipation and excitement.
Resistance (or weight) training as it is more commonly known should be a part of your workout routine. There are so many positive benefits from it, below I will high light just a few of them. Then you can see if it’s for you.