By Jennipher Walters, www.FitBottomedGirls.com
The toughest part of doing any workout — run or otherwise — is taking the first step. It’s simple physics: bodies in motion tend to stay in motion; bodies at rest tend to stay at rest. That’s part of the reason why I co-wrote The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet with my blogging buddy and FBG-in-(fit)-crime Erin Whitehead. Getting active and healthy can seem intimidating or, even worse, totally boring and torturous.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! Living a healthy life can actually be fun, enjoyable and something you crave instead of dread. In our book, we outline exactly how to build the fit, happy and confident life of your dreams, bit by bit and 10 minutes at a time with our quick, but totally effective 10-Minute Fixes. You can learn more about the book here, but in the meantime, if you’ve been having a hard time with those first few steps, here are some tried-and-true tricks to get motivated to work out or run, plus a 10-Minute Fix that’ll have you feeling the burn!
4 Ways to Get Motivated to Run
1. Get dressed. You can’t have a proper workout without dressing for it. And sometimes, throwing on your best running outfit is all you need to remind you of why you want to hit the pavement.
2. Promise 10 minutes. Pretty much everyone can do pretty much anything for just 10 minutes. Even you! So commit to it and then plan something you’re looking forward to. (Hint: Check out our 10‑Minute Fix below for a workout you can fit into your day!) Take that first step— whether it’s putting in that DVD, getting out the front door or going to the gym. Once you do the first, hardest step, you’ll feel silly not finishing the workout!
3. Music! You know that song that is your anthem? That gets your body moving and has you channeling your best inner rock star whenever you hear it? Yes, that song. Throw it on. The beat just might be enough to get you moving! Studies have shown that exercisers increase mileage and heart rate with faster paced songs. Even though you might not feel that the run is easier, you’ll enjoy it more with your favorite tunes.
4. Mantra mania. Whether you borrow from Brooks “Run Happy” slogan, find inspiration from Pinterest or make up your own saying, repeat your mantra to yourself to get revved up and ready to go!
Now that you’re totally motivated to work out, be sure to squeeze this 10-minute strength workout in, too! When you run a lot, it can be easy to skimp on the strength work, but it’s oh-so important. And this quick routine will work your lower and upper body! Do it regularly and you will definitely see yourself get stronger!
Ten Minutes to the Burn Workout
This is a two-part workout. The first will work your upper body (requires dumbbells), the second works your legs. Get ready for it!
First five minutes: With weights on the ground and in your hands, do a push‑up (either on your knees or on your toes). Hold plank for 30 seconds. Do another push‑up. Still in plank position, row the right weight up, pulling your shoulder blades together, and then place back down on the ground. Repeat on the left side. Come out of plank/push‑up position. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat the whole thing again as many times as you can in five minutes.
Second five minutes: Get down in squat position like there’s an imaginary chair behind you, with your knees not going over your toes. Hold for 30 seconds. Stand up and then lunge forward on your left foot and then your right. Stand back up, lower down into a squat, and jump up twice. Rest for 30 seconds in standing position. Same drill as the first five minutes— repeat the whole thing again as many times as you can in five minutes.
How do you pump yourself up for a run? Does the Anti-Diet way of life appeal to you? Leave a comment!
A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, Jennipher also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of the book by Random House, The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet. Her work has been featured online by The Huffington Post, Shape and SparkPeople. Jennipher lives in Kansas City and loves running with her dog, doing burpees and pull-ups (seriously!) with her husband, and finding new tasty ways to eat healthy.