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We’re constantly bombarded with a gajillion tips on how to get fit n’ fierce in ____ weeks for ____ occasion. But when life is at us full force, it can be hard to prioritize a good sweat above a good chill session.
I tend to get super down on myself when I start to slip in my fitness regimen (and hit the junk food cabinet), but then I go all hardcore and slip mini workouts in throughout my day a la Pinterest (those 10 minute ones are clutch). I seem to be in a never ending cycle of rationalization, either on team chocolate-covered pretzels or team treadmill.
I was an 11-year sport-a-holic, so now my body feels when it’s not being worked. I get antsy like an excited puppy and I don’t know what to do with myself.
SO, in the hopes of motivating us all to stop Pinterest-ing our Dream Bodies and to start creating them, voila! I have collected 7 (lucky!) lighthearted-but-legit inspiration sources for those days when you just can’t seem to get off of Netflix and out of bed.
1.) Pinterest has every workout for every muscle you never even knew you had. And those 10 minute ones I mentioned? When an exercise is short, sweet, and to the point, it becomes easier to tackle. ESPECIALLY when those 10 minutes are getting you “hot glutes now” or targeting a specific region; you can really power through, knowing that a more Jessica Biel-y butt is being pumped your way. A few good ideas here…
2.) Workouts send a surge of endorphins (those feel-good chemicals) throughout your body. Endorphins make you feel happy. By playing the association game, we can gather that working out makes you happy. Scientifically, with all of those feel-good chemical-y hormones surging through our bods after a good sweat sesh, we should do push-ups as pick-me-ups.
3.) Remember how gross you felt the last time you binge-ate a batch of chocolate chip cookies? Or when you finished off that pasta-with-alfredo like it was your job? Then you end up “hating yourself” and swearing off of anything over 400 calories, all while stressing over juice cleanses and hyper-workout to drop pounds by the weekend. Focus on that feeling of grossness. It’ll prevent you from contracting eatitallnow-itis and will have you even fiercer when you go out in your TGIF ensemble.
4.) I’m a sucker for The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise (it’s my drug of choice). Bachelor Ben Flajnik gave his final rose to bad girl Courtney Robertson – essentially, a spider. All of America (except one of my best friends, naturally) detested this girl. Her antics spawned YouTube videos mashing up her most infamous moments. Your motivation is this: her ass. Disclaimer #1: She’s a model. Disclaimer #2: She used Instagram, so maybe it’s an updated version that can handle booty alterations? Disclaimer #3: Since her face is hidden, maybe it’s really just a mannequin and hope in glutei maximi everywhere can be restored.
5.) There are so many fun ways to work out with your friends now, it’s kindof awesome. No one wants to die sweat alone, really, and a fun Zumba or intense Bikram yoga class may be what you need to rationalize gym time as social time.
6.) Those vision boards that are so Pinterest-esque DIY right now? Make one of those for your bod. Cut/print & Paste pics of your favorite celebs in paparazzi-snapped bikini shots, or mini workout moves from your fitness blog of choice. Couple that with little inspirational quotes (“Power through!” “You’re stronger than you think,” etc.), it’ll become harder and harder to skip sweats. (And I’m sensing a trend with this whole Pinterest-inspired-workouts thing).
7.) Peopleofwalmart.com. If that doesn’t motivate you to move your ass to the nearest elliptical, I don’t know what will.
But if none of the above work for you, I swear this lululemon water bottle just knows us.