Work. Kids. Errands. Winter. What do these four things have in common? They keep you from working out and staying in-shape!
Multiple studies prove that maintaining an active lifestyle is beneficial for physical and mental health. Upon regular exercise, most people find that they experience increased energy levels, better mood swings and higher levels of confidence.
However, we have a hard time motivating ourselves to break a sweat during the winter months. Within 4 days of routine activity the vast majority of people notice a positive impact on their overall health. Here are some of my ideas to solve this problem.
Get a Winter Gym Membership
Yes, gym memberships can be expensive. However, not as much as you think! Many places of employment have discounted corporate gym memberships for their employees. Be sure to check with your employer about any athletically related discounts. If your employer does not sponsor corporate gym memberships, then try visiting Costco. Costco offers 2-year memberships at 24-Hour Fitness for $15/month, plus the membership applies to all 24-Hour Fitness locations nationwide. If you do not have a Costco membership, your average local gym will cost between $40-$80 per month. The cost of a gym membership is my primary source of motivation for working out—otherwise it’s a waist of money! Furthermore, from yoga to spinning, most gym memberships include free classes. People are much more likely to show up to their gym and workout with greater intensity if they are part of class.
Do Not Have Time and or Money for a Gym Membership?
There is an array of excellent home workout videos on the market. The beauty of home workout videos is that they cost much less than a gym membership and they conform to your schedule. Plus, if you tend to get embarrassed or intimidated when working out with others, a home video is a great remedy. Here is a link to the best workout DVDs on the market according to Fitness Magazine. These videos are developed by some of our nation’s most knowledgeable trainers and nutritionists.
There are also a series of excellent websites and blogs that post daily indoor exercises to keep you from getting bored and losing motivation. Here is a link to a website with great recommendations for simple exercise that will certainly make your heart pump and your muscles burn!
How’s Life at the Office?
There is a very informative and intriguing article by the New York Times, which describes the negative side affects of your cardio and muscular health as a result to life in the office. The article also provides some simple solutions that will make office-life much more active and enjoyable!
Get the Rest of the Family Involved!
Motivating yourself to workout more often with greater intensity is much easier when you have people who you are close with joining in. Your family members are great to workout with because they will drive your competitive spirit. Here is a link with great ideas for getting your family involved in the workout routine.