I feel better when I work out. I know this, and yet it’s hard to make the time for exercise. My life is so busy: blogging, keeping up with housework, taking care of our furry family, and a million more things to take care of. I’m sure you can relate. But working out can improve your mood, help you sleep better, boost your energy, reduce your risk of certain diseases, improve memory, and has many more benefits. So how can you find the time to exercise and stay motivated to keep going? Keep reading to learn how, plus my favorite workout tunes!
Sometimes we get caught up in activities that aren’t really essential. It’s easy to lose track of how much time we spend on Facebook or Pinterest, for example. I know I’ve been guilty of this many times! So I have to think about what’s really important to me and do those things first. It helps to make a to do list for each day. If I put working out on that list, it’s much easier for me to do it. And when I do get on social media, I might set a timer so I don’t end up wasting time.
Plan Your Workouts
Figure out how often you want to work out and for how long. Be realistic. Ideally, I would like to spend 30 minutes a day exercising. But it’s hard for me to make that happen. If I set an unrealistic expectation for myself, I get discouraged and give up. So I aim for a 30 minute workout 2-3 times a week. That’s reasonable for me, and if I can work out more, great! If not, I’m not frustrated.
The next step is to figure out what kind of workout you need. I try to do a mix of strength training and cardio. Pinterest has plenty of great ideas for workout routines. Check some of them out here. Then plan out what’s going to work for you.
Now that you have the details figured out, make sure to put it in your schedule. If it isn’t planned and scheduled, it’s easy to make excuses or let it slide. I’ve been guilty of this, too.
Set the Environment
I like to workout in an area that has plenty of room and no distractions. This makes it easier to stay on track in the moment. If I lose focus, it’s hard to finish my workout. Along those lines, it helps to wear comfortable workout clothes. And make sure your shoes are in good condition. It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s something to think about. If you aren’t comfortable while you’re working out, it’ll be hard to stick with it. Plus injuries from bad footwear are no fun.
Keep Track of Your Workouts
I like to keep track so I can see how much progress I’ve made. In week one, my workout might have only included 10 jumping jacks. But after a couple of weeks, I might be up to 15 or 20. Tracking my improvement motivates me to keep going. I have concrete numbers to look at instead of just guessing.
Stay Motivated to Work Out
Once you get the ball rolling, how can you stay motivated?
- Keep that outfit or bathing suit you want to fit into hanging where you can see it. Out of sight, out of mind, definitely applies here!
- Find a workout buddy. This way, you can cheer each other on and keep each other accountable.
- Make it personal. Maybe you want to be in better shape for your kids, or you have family that’s struggling with illness, or you just want a better future. Whatever it is that makes working out personal for you will motivate you.
- Set stepping-stone goals. Challenging yourself to keep improving will help you keep going.
- Have a killer workout playlist. Choose music you like and that makes you want to move. What songs are on my playlist? Keep reading!
My Workout Playlist
Ok, so this isn’t my complete list. That would be too long to share. So I’ll just give you my top 20.
- Kryptonite, 3 Doors Down. Or just about anything by 3 Doors Down.
- All Star, Smash Mouth. What can I say, it has a great beat.
- Supermassive Black Hole, Muse. If this song doesn’t make you want to move, nothing will.
- According to You, Orianthi. This girl has crazy guitar skills.
- If Today Was Your Last Day, Nickelback. This song keeps me going on two levels.
- I Will Not Bow, Breaking Benjamin. Their music really gets me moving.
- Drops of Jupiter, Train. This is just a fun song.
- Stupid Little Love Song, Fefe Dobson. The beat to this song is great to work out to.
- Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Pat Benatar. Pat Benatar rocks. Enough said.
- The Sign, Ace of Base. I love that this song is a little bit funky.
- Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey. Because every workout list needs some classic rock, and I love just about anything by Journey.
- Working for the Weekend, Loverboy. This is another song with a great beat.
- Smooth, Santana featuring Rob Thomas. What a great combination of talents!
- Beverly Hills, Weezer. This one gets me moving and makes me laugh a little, too.
- New Divide, Linkin Park. The music in this song is incredible.
- Radioactive, Imagine Dragons. I just love this song.
- Invincible, OK Go. Another great beat to move to.
- Big Wave, Pearl Jam. Same as #17.
- Second Chance, Shinedown. This one has a great drum beat. Plus I relate to this song on a personal level.
- Walk, Foo Fighters. This is another song that gets me moving.
How do you stay motivated to work out even when you’re busy? What songs do you work out to? Let me know in the comments below! Then read more health-related articles: