Lately I’ve had sever friends ask me if I still run during the winter months and my answer is always a big YES. A little snow and cold is no excuse, infact I kind of like a bit of cold, it gets me moving a little quicker. It also sparked this idea for my post today.
NO EXCUSE has been my motto for as many years as I can remember. So today I though I would share how easy this “no excuse” motto can be when it comes to exercising.
FIRST: Find an activity that you enjoy. It could be anything from walking to running, spinning, bicycling outdoors, yoga, pilates, zumba, cross-fit, etc. The important part is that you look forward to this hour (or whatever time you choose). If you’re just getting into this fitness routine, it may take a few weeks or months to figure out which actitivies fit for you. I personally don’t think there’s any harm in trying a few to see which you enjoy. For me, personally, I enjoy working out alone. I look forward to my morning runs and/or cycling, especially being outdoors and breathing some fresh air.
Plus, the bonus to this kind of exercise, it only requires a good pair of shoes.
SECOND: Which kind of goes hand in hand with the first, is to find the location that best meets your needs and your personality. If you prefer working out at a gym, I would suggesst trying out a few before you sign your name on the dotted line for a year or so. Most gyms will be happy to let you purchase a week pass many give them for free. When I was looking for a yoga studio, I didn’t really need a full equipped gym so I simply found an excellent yogo studio. This is one activity I do enjoy doing with others and having an instructor.
THIRD: My “no excuse” has had to be my push when it comes to this portion, which is weight training. The older I get, the more I realize how very important this part of exercise is. If you choose a gym to go to, take a good look around for a variety of equipment and ask if they have instructors on hand that will demonstrate and show you how to use the equipment. If your like myself and prefer to work out at home, you can begin by purchasing simple items and adding to them. You can watch videos or read up on different ways to use them.
Here’s a few I use at home.
Free Weights, resistance band, and medicine ball.
Yogo matt and fitness magazines for new ideas and motivation.
When my children were young and I was still working I just could not vouch for another hour away from home, so my husband and I began buying workout equipment each year until we had a nice equipped gym at home. This set up has worked wonders for me, but I know it’s not for every one. Even my cute daughter is a die hard fan of going to a gym. She says she need the competitive atmosphere.
FOURTH: Now this step is just the fun and totally unnecessary part of a work out program, but if you follow me, this will come as not surprise to you. I thoroughly enjoy working out in style. And, I actually owe all my exercise style to my one and only sponsor, which would be my cute husband. You see, he doesn’t really care to go in Banan Republic, Anthropolgie, Jcrew, Ann Taylor . . . you get my drift, but put him in a sporting goods store and he is right at home. So for any and every given holiday I get a wonderful mathcing set of work out attire (yes, shoes matching shoes and all). And, he picks them out all by himself. Is he the best or what? And even if its just to take a run through the neighborhood or the local parkway, it still feels quite nice to be doing it in style.
Here’s a little peek at my own little workout polyvore.
Well, I best by “RUNNING” along. But keep in mind, it really only takes a pair of good shoes to get going.
Has always, thanks for dropping by. Have a wonderful day.