Three Steps to Get Your Body Moving Again

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I’ve been trying to get off my butt all winter, but I always find an excuse to not exercise. If it’s not that I’m too tired, I’m down with a cold or have a hectic business trip coming up. How do I convince myself to get moving?

Excuses are like magnets: They stick together and once you have one, others start to pile on. While all of this is happening, your health can easily slip away. The best way to ensure you don’t succumb to excuses is by doing three little things.

Schedule Exercise
You schedule business meetings, carpools and lunches, so why not carve out time to exercise, too? Schedule yourself in for an hour and a half on the days you know you can workout and you’ll have plenty of time to get to the gym, have a shower and relax.

Although the BlackBerry and iPhone are good tools for scheduling, I suggest you go beyond that reminder and use your bathroom mirror. Write yourself a note that reminds you, “Today is exercise day!” There’s nothing like looking yourself in the eye while committing to an activity to ensure you’ll do it.

Change it Up
Just because everyone else thinks the gym is their answer to exercise, ask yourself if it could really be deterring you from your healthy living plan. Do you like the gym? Would you rather be outside? Is your routine staid? The gym is not your only route to getting in shape. Why not try a class or a hike or a bike ride to get your body moving instead?

Move It
You’re the only one who can get your body moving, which puts you in charge of your own success. You can improve your life with every step, hop or jump. Live in the moment — today is a new day. If you miss a workout or two, it’s not the end of the world. Set attainable goals and you will achieve them. For example, aim to achieve 10 workouts each month and you’ll start setting yourself up for a fit-full life.

Remember, if you keep things simple, you’re more likely to do it. If you need any additional push to get your butt in gear, check out this new site: Webface. The site asks you to upload a photo of yourself then ages you, so you can see what you’ll like in 10 years if you don’t hoof it now. How’s that for some added inspiration?

About Fitness Expert:

Sarah Brown is a very healthy woman. She’s a fitness instructor at GoodLife — where she teaches Body Pump, Body Flow, Cycling, Bootcamp and yoga — and a registered holistic nutritionist.

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