I think the key in sticking to a workout routine is to find things that feel like fun, not exercise. No matter how lazy I get, I know I'm guaranteed a 45 minute workout each week. How, you ask?
In 2004, when Pea and I were planning our wedding, we decided to take ballroom dancing classes. To our surprise, when the 6-week program was finished, we both liked it so much we decided to continue. The more dance technique we learn, the better the workout is. Obviously, fast dances like my personal favorites, swing and cha-cha, really get the blood pumping. But surprisingly, smooth dances are also a real workout if you do them correctly. (Not that we do - but we're trying.) The rise-and-fall of a good waltz takes a lot of muscle control in your legs and core. Just holding the proper dance frame takes strength - head back and left, shoulders back, chest lifted, back arched (but not arched too much), weight on one foot, and arms extended to open the frame. Then you've got to really reach with your legs to create the big, swoopy movement - which gets your heart-rate pumping as much as a walk on the treadmill. Oh, and do this in four-inch heels without letting any part of that crazy dance frame crumble. Yeah, not so easy!!
(That's me and Pea at a team competition between our dance studios.
Not the best picture, but the only one I have of us dancing together.)
Not so easy . . . but so much fun! And so much exercise. My blood sugars following a dance lesson always rock! And when Dancing with the Star hit the air-waves a year after we started our lessons, dancing ballroom became almost cool! So, if you are struggling to get motivated for your workouts, why not think about what activities you can do that feel like fun instead of exercise? It's a sneaky way to trick your body into a workout without even realizing it.