Motivating Workouts


 

I know I’m not the only one who struggles to stay motivated to work out. It’s not that I don’t want to, especially now that it’s summer! I just always find other things to do. “Oh I have time, I can go work out,” I say to myself. And then before I have time to get out shorts and a t-shirt, I find myself thinking, “Oh actually, you need to start your summer reading. And go to the bank. And while you’re running errands you need to go to the mall. And when you get home you should dust your room, and then the entire house.” Am I the only one who does this?

A little while ago I found the secret to wanting to work out. You just have to find something you love, and then it’s not a chore anymore, you don’t even notice you’re working out!

It started when I found a channel on YouTube called blogilates. There are also tons of other great YouTube fitness channels, but this happens to be my favorite. The girl who makes all the videos is hilarious and she definitely makes them fun. One of my all time favorite videos is her  Intense Ab Workout. This video may be short, but it’s definitely not easy. I really like this one because it’s so quick so I don’t have to worry about it consuming a ton of my time.

Another great workout motivator is Pinterest. If you don’t have an account, I seriously recommend getting one, but beware because it’s addictive! I have a workout board so I re-pin my favorite workout ideas so it’s easy for me to look back and find them when I have a couple minutes to work out. There are all sorts ranging from yoga sequences to long work outs with running and strengthening.

Finally, about a year ago I found a hot yoga studio near where I live and after I went once, I was hooked. It’s great, especially in the middle of the winter when it’s below zero degrees with wind chill. But it’s great all year, too! At my studio, the room is 105 degrees and the class is 90 minutes, but it may vary from studio to studio. The yoga isn’t incredibly hard so the focus of the class is on doing the postures correctly and staying in the room with the heat, which makes you sweat like crazy. It’s so refreshing because you sweat out all the toxins in your body. I don’t even realize I’m working out when I go to a yoga class because it’s that much fun. One of the pluses to doing hot yoga is that your body is warmed up and your muscles are loosened so it makes stretching super easy. Since I’m a figure skater, stretching is really important for me, but it’s important for every athlete and everyone in general! Stretching after a long workout is a nice way to cool down and relax while giving your body a chance to calm down and rejuvenate.

Happy working out, girls!

 

Allie Harris

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