By Tina Haupert
There are some days I really dread going to the gym. The thought of exercising makes me about as excited as I'd be for a dentist appointment. And I know that certain days, the same is true for most of my friends. It makes sense—if you're doing it right, exercise is hard work. My legs burn while doing squats in Body Pump, my tight hamstrings make me grimace while holding pigeon pose in yoga class, and I huff and puff to catch my breath while running intervals on the treadmill. Exercise isn't easy, but it isn't supposed to be torture!
Since I started my Lose the Dough challenge, regular exercise is a priority. When it's sleeting out, my legs feel tight, or I'm just being plain lazy, going to the gym may not feel instinctual, but I've learned the trick to getting myself there. For me, it was all about changing my perspective. If I look at exercise as something I have to do, it seems like a chore. But if I view it as me time, it's so much more enjoyable. So I make sure to pair my workout with some indulgent entertainment—the things I won't let myself make time for at home because there's work, laundry, dog walking, and other chores to be done. Here are my three favorite ways to tempt myself to lace up my sneakers.
1. A rocking playlist. Music is my go-to resource for instant motivation. I love making mixes on my iPod of classic rock, which gets me moving even on the laziest days. I can't listen to AC/DC or the Who without picking up my pace or squeezing out a few more reps while strength training. I'm also a big fan of MotionTraxx's free downloads, specifically designed to boost your energy and set the pace of your workout. Many of them incorporate intervals, which really pushes me to increase my calorie burn.