Post # 1
Oy, so I had to send in my measurements to my good friend who’s getting married this July so we can order our dresses all together. Lets just say, I was not super thrilled with my numbers. Yes I know that bridesmaids dresses run bigger, but I’m not used to the measurements I ended up with. Plus it’s frigid cold here, to the point where I even cancelled going to the gym tonight (for the first time all school year, drat!) because after 6 minutes in my car I couldn’t feel my hands.
So ladies, can you help me out? Are there any tricks you use to get yourself back into workouts and sticking with them? I used to cheer in college, so I know I can be very fit and lean, but this whole law school thing is a mega time suck, and I need to find a way to make the gym a priority.
Post # 3
Does it have to be the gym? What about some at home workouts? DVDs, barbells, You Tube workout videos…
Post # 4
personal trainer – i swear by them!
i know alot of people have bought the 30 day shred and said it was awesome but ive not seen it
Post # 5
where do you live that it’s that cold out! Sorry:( Try the 30 day shred, it’s great…very tough in the beginning but if you stick with it it’s worth it. I know it can be tough to go to the gym. It’s harder for me at night, so I try to go as early in the day as possible. Also, if you go directly from work and don’t go home it’s easier too!
Post # 6
@MacFaniam24: The ‘feels like’ temp is -29 right now, brutal. And we’ve got a few more days of it to look forward to. I’d rather have the epic snowpocalypse that’s hitting a few states away. I wish I could be a morning person, but I’m totally a night owl. My class schedule though is SO sporadic with early classes and then late night classes and some days with only one class…ugh, I feel like I can’t set a nice ‘schedule’ for a work out, so it’s hard to plan on them. Does that make sense? I like to be all ‘oh, it’s 7:00, time to xyz!’ but with class until 7:30 some days or not starting until 6:30 other nights, it’s tough. Looks like I’ll be a morning-at-home workout diva for a while.
@eloping: I love the PT idea, but I think I’m going to save that one up for my own wedding in a year (selfish, I know). I know that will keep me motivated for sure, and I know I need to get in gear for this July wedding as well, but if I can only budget to have a trainer once I think I’ll save it for next fall/winter. I’ve heard a lot about the 30 day shred, maybe I’ll see if I can find it around here or swap/borrow from a friend.
@R.Elliott: In-home sounds most appealing right now with this freaking weather. My apartment is the definition of tiny, but I think I could make most things work or just do them in a bit smaller of an area if they’re big motions. Looks like it’s time to clean the living room hardcore 🙂
Thanks, ladies! It sure helps to see that there are things I could be doing and should be doing. I just need to pull myself up by my bootstraps and get my rear in gear!
Post # 7
I just posted about the Nike Training Club if you have an iPhone or iPod touch. It’s a great workout! If not a lot of cable channels have an “Exercise” category on onDemand and you can pick free exercise videos from there. (Mine has the 30 Day Shred on it so it’s pretty up to date!) If not I think you can pick up exercise DVDs from amazon–I know people really like p90X and zumba workouts.
As for tricks–I just make myself do it. Plan your workout/day the day before so there’s no wiggle room. Like: “I’ll get home, eat dinner, digest, and then do X DVD” If you have a plan I think you’re more likely to follow through.
Post # 8
Have you tried signing up for a specific class at the gym (i.e. yoga, spinning, pilates)? I find if it is an appointment that I’m more likely to stick to it. One thing that helped me get over the cold motivator when I lived in Fargo was to have a friend that I would work out with. We could usually co-motivate ourselves to the gym each day even if it was just a phone call that we had to make to confirm that we had made it at different times.
Post # 9
I have to go in the mornings – if I plan to go after work/at night, I can always think of a hundred excuses not to. By going in the morning, my alarm goes off, I drink a cup of coffee and hydrate, and I go. Otherwise I am just up with nothing to do… It also helps that my husband gets up at the same time and goes with me, so we keep each other accountable (except for this morning, when he decided to sleep in – grrrr). You might want to try going to the gym at a time you are always available (like mornings).
Post # 10
The four things that have seemed to work for myself and for pretty much everyone else I know are:
*1. Workout in the morning. This seems to be the single most important factor in determining consistency. It’s too easy for you to be tired and/or unexpectedly busy to blow off afternoon/evening workouts. If you are serious about making it a priority, then frankly, that means morning person or not, you’re willing to go to bed early and get up early to do it. 5am if you have to.
2. Classes help because it’s a lot easier to say to yourself, “All I have to do is motivate myself enough to get there. Once I’m there, someone else will take over.” I find it easier to trudge to my am yoga class than I do to get myself to do a home DVD, personally.
3. Get a workout buddy. If someone else is waiting for you, then you’re more inclined to be responsible.
And finally, 4. Find a workout that you like. Or at least that you can live with. There’s a lot of information out there about which exercise is optimal–but the truth is, the type of workout that is optimal for you is the one that you will actually get up to do. So, the rowing machine provides an excellent full-body workout, but if you can’t stand it, don’t bother. If you really love walking then walk and don’t listen to people who tell you that running would be better.
Post # 11
I love the 30 day shread! I have only done it about 5 times and I already feel results. You said that you used to cheer, you should try some dance videos. I love Zumba, it seriously does not feel like you are working out. Best of luck!
Post # 12
I second everything @JennyW1 says! and wanted to add one more –
Switch it up if you are having a hard time getting to the gym. During the week, I run intervals on the treadmill three mornings a week and go to a yoga class two mornings. Knowing that I get to do something different this morning that I did yesterday morning really helps me stay motivated.
Post # 13
Go for Zumba! Especially if you have a Wii and can just buy the game for that. 😀 I love it!
Post # 14
I’m one of those bad exercisers that hates the gym and hates to get up early. FI and I got each other an elliptical for Xmas so I’ve been doing 15-30 mins on the elliptical every day after work (as well as whenever I wake up on the weekends), along with either 30 Day Shred or No More Trouble Zones. Jillian is tough, but she gets results, and NMTZ is really awesome since it targets those spots where women tend to get chunky, like your abs, arms, and thighs.
Post # 15
I can totally relate. It’s hard to go to the gym when you have to put on 50 million layers so you don’t freeze on the way there. Maybe sign up for some classes at the gym if they have them? This usually motivates me to go since I’ve already paid for the class. I really like spinning and pilates. I think the classes are better than working out at home because you’re less likely to cheat (cut the workout short or half ass it) if you’re in the class with other people, or at least that’s true for me.
Post # 16
Thanks, ladies! There are a lot of helpful tips on here! Yeah, @soontobetucker:, the cold is just a PITA! And then I can’t bring all my stuff along for school if I do go to the gym in the morning since it’s WAY too cold to leave a laptop and all the electronics in the car for an hour and a half. I may have to attempt the morning thing, but I really think I can stick out the DVDs if I have to at home.
Thanks for all those tips, @JennyW1:! I was so good at hitting gym classes last year, but this year they all either start too late to go in the morning before my actual classes or they start at the exact time my courses end, so I can’t get there in time. Grr! I would plan my class schedule around the gym schedule except they don’t post until the 2nd week of the semester.
@Taylor4: I downloaded that app last night and so far it looks pretty sweet. When I have more time tonight I’m to go through and save some workouts and get to it.
I think for now I’ll be an at-home workout woman, since this super cold weather always wins out over my motivation to get to the gym. I spend more time unplugging and scraping my car and getting bundled and un-bundled, I could be halfway through a workout at home in that time. I think I’ll go grade school and make a paper chain so I can rip off a circle every time I do a work out 🙂 Countdown to the bridesmaids dress: Begin!