Basically, in this day and age most of us, if not all of us, know enough about nutrition and health that we are aware of our own, for the most part, and know when it's time to start working out. Whether we're trying to begin working out for the first time, or attempting to resume a once vibrant routine, the actual act of exercising itself is not our greatest obstacle, in most cases. What trips us up is our lack of motivation, or will power.
It's a complex and multi-faceted psychological block, tied into our deepest fears and insecurities about the final results, our doubts about our abilities to follow through, our fear of being exhausted, our already feeling exhausted, and on and on. Logistically, finding time to work out can feel like a nightmare. Getting up before dawn to find that extra forty-five minutes before the kids get up and that whole workday still looming in front of you. Or taking the extra hour and a half after work to drive to the gym, change, work out, change again? Drive home, shower...just the thought of it is enough for many of us to just push it to the back burner and let the chips (pun intended) fall as they may...
Yet, then we either feel or look less healthy than we desire and that nagging thought returns. "I need to start working out (again). It's been way too long. I feel/look so much better when I do."
The cycle begins again, the time is difficult or impossible to find, other peoples' needs are far more important, and, when you do have time for yourself, you're simply spent.
So here are my suggestions for re-energizing that will power and re-charging your motivation.
1 - Start much slower than you think you need to. This means, don't even call it a "work-out" at first. Just tell yourself you're taking a walk. It doesn't even have to be a long walk. It can be a walk to the store for milk, or with your kids at night to look at the night time winter sky. Just don't change your clothes, don't get all "work-outy" and intense with yourself. Simply step outside of your house and walk for a bit.