Community Roundup: Rev Up Your Weight Loss

Expert and member advice on how to stay motivated

Have you joined the Rev Up Your Weight Loss Community Challenge yet? If you feel like your New Year’s resolutions are flagging, it could be just the thing to help you get re-energized and re-focused. Led by walking and fitness guru Leslie Sansone, the Challenge offers strategies, daily assignments and tips to help you reach your goals faster. On the Rev Up Your Weight Loss message boards, challenge participants cheer each other along, and share tips from favorite workout tunes to squeezing exercise into a hectic day.

Finding the time or motivation to work out can be a challenge for anybody, especially for people new to exercise. Kiyoshi04 says she tries to think of her exercise routine as her much-needed down time. “I may not get a candlelit bubble bath while reading a book, but the fact that I was able to do something specifically for me and no one else helps me make the time,” she says.

That’s how I try to think of it, too. Besides the fact that I don’t even like bubble baths, I know I need something to help me decompress. I carry a lot of stress and negative emotions around with me -- and working out really helps me cope with them. I know most people despise the treadmill, but I love jumping on it and letting my mind wander. Sometimes I solve problems, and other times, I just cheer myself on. I know it’s just walking, but darned if I don’t feel like the best walker there is after 30 minutes.

Another trick, courtesy of mitchellwam: Even if you don’t want to work out, dress for the occasion anyway. “I get up in the morning and put my exercise clothes on, and then exercise right after taking my son to school.  That way, there is no decision about when and if I will exercise that day,” she says.

I don’t don Spandex at the crack of dawn, but I do go through the motions of putting on my workout clothes when I’m fighting with myself to exercise. I noticed a long time ago that just putting on my workout gear often put me in the mood to be active. Not always, of course. But once they’re on, I’m not allowed to take them off unless I exercise -- which, I admit, sometimes means going to bed with them on. Perhaps I should invest in some cuter workout clothes.

According to Sansone, we all have days when we don’t feel like exercising -- even Leslie herself. Her solution: She tells herself that all she has to do is exercise for five minutes. That’s it. Once her five-minute sweat session is complete, she’s allowed to quit. That’s such a great technique, because who doesn’t subscribe to the laws of motion? You know what I’m talking about: A body in motion tends to stay in motion, and a body at rest tends to stay at rest. Most of us aren’t going to give up once we’ve gone to all the trouble of suiting up and getting out the door. But, even if you do quit, that’s okay. Showing up is the most important part of creating a lifelong habit. You can get more of her tips, and her daily assignments, by signing up for the Community Challenge.

What tips and tricks have you adopted this year to help you with your New Year’s resolution? Share them on the Rev Up Your Weight Loss boards, or chime in below!

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