Are You In Need Of Exercise Motivation?

Exercise Motivation

Here’s Your Exercise Motivation

It’s been a struggle lately to find the motivation to move my body. Cookouts, happy hour cocktails, and general hot fun in the summertime have easily diverted my attention away from the elliptical.

Apparently, I’m not alone.

So when an e-mail showed up in my inbox titled, “11 Great Ways To Get Movitvated,” it seemed like divine intervention.

11 Great Ways To Get Motivated

You know you’ve got to get moving. You resolve to park the car a few blocks from work, take the stairs and hit the gym after work. But a few weeks pass and before you know it parking spots start opening up right in front of the building, the elevator is already in the lobby, and you’ve worked late every night that week. It’s not that you don’t know how to get fit, you just can’t seem to stay motivated. We all know people who are religious with their workouts. So, what’s their secret?

We asked fitness experts and regular Joes alike how they stick with their routine. These methods keep them moving; maybe one will work for you.

1. Embarrass Yourself
Make a mark on your calendar every time you make it to the gym or park. Seeing your motivation, (or lack thereof) in black and white helps keep you going. Suzanne Schlosberg and Liz Neporent, authors of Fitness for Dummies, Second Edition (IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 2000) suggest “whether you write your goals on the side of your shoe or in your training diary, glancing at them on a daily basis will help keep you focused and motivated. Some people tape their goals to their bathroom mirror or refrigerators.” Do whatever works to make you remember what you promised yourself.

2. Join a Plan That Wouldn’t Have You for a Member
So you’re not Steffi Graf. That doesn’t mean you can’t join a tennis team. Richard Cotton, chief exercise physiologist for, says “joining a club, team, or finding an exercise partner…provides a support system and someone to simply share the experience with. Often times just knowing someone will be asking you ‘How’s it going?’ can be the difference between exercise success and failure.”

3. Love Thy Neighbor and Love Thyself
You can’t leave a neighbor standing on the corner checking her watch. She knows where you live. Miriam Nelson, Director of the Center for Physical Fitness at Tufts University, and the author of Strong Women Stay Young and Strong Women Stay Slim (Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1999) says, “When I make a date with a neighbor to go for a run I keep it, and we have a great time.” She also plans a regular appointment with her neighbors. “Saturday mornings several of my neighbors come over and we lift weights together; it’s a great way to start the weekend,” she says.

Read the other 8 here.

Let me know in the comments how you stay motivated when the going gets rough.

Vivrant Thang writes about life, love and the pursuit of good music over at Songs In The Key Of Life.


5 Reasons Why You Just Can’t Lose Weight

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 Why You Can’t Lose Weight

You step on the scale and groan at the number peeking between your toes. “I’ll go on a diet today!” you think. Not so fast. Unless you are mentally ready to lose weight, any diet you try is likely doomed to failure.

In a widely accepted model of behavioral change, there are five stages of motivational readiness. If you’re stuck in an early stage, your diet won’t work, says registered dietician Karen Collins. Studies suggest that people may feel ready to lose weight, but if they are unprepared to alter their behavior, they’ll fail, reports the American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C. in a column titled “Nutrition Notes.”

The five stages of motivational readiness that can be applied to dieting, exercise, or just about anything in your life:

 Stage One: Precontemplation

A person has no intention of changing.

 Stage Two: Contemplation

A person intends to change–later.

Read the rest of the stages here.

 Vivrant Thang blogs about life, love and music over at Songs In The Key Of Life.

Here’s My Workout Playlist

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My Workout Playlist

Since I write about music over on my blog, Songs In The Key of Life, it’s only fitting that I share one of my workout playlists that I use when I’m moving my body. Gotta have a soundtrack!

  • Dance for Me, Mary J. Blige | Buy Now
  • Naughty Girl, Beyonce | Buy Now
  • Real Love, Mary J. Blige | Buy Now
  • Pon de Replay, Rihanna | Buy Now
  • Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Michael Jackson | Buy Now
  • Touch It, Busta Rhymes | Buy Now
  • Bad Girl, Usher | Buy Now
  • Dancing In September, Earth Wind and Fire | Buy Now
  • Just Fine, Mary J. Blige | Buy Now
  • Get Me Bodied, Beyonce | Buy Now
  • Ring The Alarm, Beyonce | Buy Now
  • She Wants to Move, NERD | Buy Now

This is one of my many that I have created. I’ll share more in the future. Tell me what’s on yours in the comments.

Vivrant Thang blogs about life, love and music over at Songs In The Key Of Life.