I was talking with a friend recently who was complaining about her recent weight gain. I was sorry to hear that she was having trouble staying motivated and currently was not participating in any type of women’s exercise program. She had always been active in the past, and it had been a great factor for her personal fitness goals.
A few months earlier, she had been involved in a jogging class with her daughter, but once the class was over they took up other schedules. She lost the interest to keep it going on her own. I ask her if she still went to the gym, but she said that too ended when her exercise buddy had to change her own exercise schedule, so she gave that up too.
It seems that the biggest obstacle in staying motivated to exercise is when we are faced with a schedule change. Creatures of habit, we can successfully continue our workouts as long as nothing interferes with our current plan of action. But a schedule change or slight inconvenience can put a rather large wrench in our scheme of things when it comes to exercising.
There’s simply no way to shield yourself from obstacles that might threaten to disrupt your workout. However, there are plenty of things you can do to help you deal with and empower these obstructions.
If you need a workout buddy but can’t depend on anyone that you know, consider hiring a personal trainer. Having a fitness trainer waiting for you is one way to ensure you’ll make your workout routine. Plus they can teach you new moves and recommend exercises for you to do on days when you work out on your own.
But you don’t have to be a member of a gym in order to get exercise. You can do strength training and Pilates exercises in your own home. All you need is some space to move around and an exercise mat. Make sure you exercise for at least 30 minutes and do these three days a week.
The rest of the week, get out and have fun. Play tennis or shoot a round of golf. Get out and go for a run, skate, or brisk walk. Go dancing at a club or take a dancing class. Go for a bike ride with family members, friends or by yourself. Adopt an active lifestyle and you won’t have to worry about your workout being compromised. You’ll feel motivated all the time and a healthy lifestyle will be the way that you live.