In the summer time I am not working so I have an entire day to do whatever I want. During the school year I make all of these plans to hit the gym a lot, run more, eat healthier, try new stuff, cook more etc. In reality when summer comes I find myself cleaning, cooking and cleaning or going out with friends. I decided that I wasn’t going to let this summer end up like my last few summers. I made a goal for myself to do at least 30 minutes of high intensity workouts 6 days a week. I am not allowed to go to bed at night until it is complete. I started following some Crossfit blogs and some WOD finders so that I was motivated to try new things. Here is my list of 6 helpful resources.
1. Start following some active, inspiring websites.
- Clean Eats in the Zoo
- Morrill Performances
- These have a lot of videos and pictures and teach you proper technique so I find them very helpful.
2. If you have a smartphone, use it to your advantage.
My husband put WODfinder and Crossfit apps on his fancy smartphone for me. Now anytime I see his phone, I get inspired to try a new workout. Sometimes I just read it and try a few things like proper formation of a jump or tricep dips. It encourages me to try new things even if I don’t do all of the reps.
3. Make an Active board on pinterest.
You are on pinterest all the time anyway so you might as well start doing some of those pins! I made an Active board on my pinterest page. Now when I am mindlessly pinning away I can look at that page and get motivated to try a new workout
4. Find a friend.
I have 4 friends that are constantly encouraging my to work out. One is doing a crossfit challenge with me right now. My husband makes me workout because we like to try new workouts together (and it gets pretty competitive). And I have 2 more friends that are always dragging me to the gym to try new classes! “When you surround yourself with good friends, good things will happen” -my mom (Such a smart woman!)
5. Make your own WOD finder.
I started cleaning house this summer and throwing away junk that we don’t need. My husband loves magazines and he is always bringing home new ones. He had stacks of them in the bathroom, in his man room, in the family room. I just couldn’t take it anymore and I started throwing them out. I realized that inside a lot of his magazines were a lot of fun new work outs. I decided to go through all of them and tear out the workouts. This was my lightbulb moment. I realized that I could make a book of workouts and that way even if I don’t have internet access (I don’t have one of those fancy phones) I can still find great work outs. I can travel with it and bring it anywhere. It is neat and organized and I don’t have to read a whole magazine to get to the workout.
6. Stand as much as you can.
It is easy for me to wake up in the morning, make my breakfast and sit on the couch surfing the web or reading a book. I sometimes have to make myself stand up and move. I started setting up the laptop on my breakfast bar and I will stand and squat and surf the web. Standing gives you a great motivator to do more than just sit in front of a computer because I get bored and find myself doing laundry, washing dishes or making meals for the week. It also results in this Lazy Girl Fitness
Those are my tips and this has kept me motivated. I have been home from school for 38 days and I have worked out every day with 1 break day a week. I hope you feel encouraged to move a little more than you did yesterday!