Has your workout become routine and boring?   Lack of motivation seems to be one of the biggest barriers for a lot of people who are exercising and eating healthy. Staying motivated just requires a bit of creativity and variety. Let’s look at a few options.

How about dancing your way to fitness with Zumba? Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. One hour in a room with people who are psyched about having a good time, dancing around to high-energy Latin music in a non-intimidating atmosphere can be a absolute blast. Depending on the amount of energy you put into your moves you can burn up to 600 calories and hour!!

With the weather breaking it’s a good time for some outdoor activities like rock-climbing or kayaking. Many of these programs are available through Parks and Recreation in your city. Start a walking group at work at lunch time or an exercise group with friends.  Seriously, the options are endless.

Interval training is also an interesting way to stay motivated.  You’ll strengthen your heart.  It will help burn fat and calories and build endurance. During a complete workout, you go through five to ten cycles of high and low intensity.  If walking, walk as fast as you can for one lap, then and easier pace for two laps then repeat. If cycling, cycle at high intensity for one minute then follow with a three minute lighter cycle and repeat ten times for a 40-minute workout.

The more you exercise the more motivation you’ll have. That’s how it goes. Like most things in life you’ve got to put something in to get something out. Take the time to creating a clear mental picture of who you want to be and then begin to nurture those characteristics to produce what you want to see.

Let’s not forget the Go Red BetterU is a 12-week program developed by the American Heart Association that takes a woman step-by-step to learn more about heart health, eating healthy and exercising. Sound like something you’d be interested in? The program is available in a compact book format available on Shop Heart. With chapters like Break through Barriers and It’s all in the Family (History), this book will take you through everything you need to know to get start living heart healthy. Heart disease may be the No. 1 killer of women, but together, we can make sure it loses its ranking.

Remember, the choices you make every day are a manifestation of who you are. We can change; all we need to do is get up and get on with it. I’ll repeat, not easy, but worth it. Good intentions won’t get you to the body you want, but good actions will. You probably know what you have to do, now is the time to get it done.

 -Karen Wiggins, LPN, HWC


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