exercise and fun

Alfonso,

I recently started my fitness adventure. I currently weigh 300 lbs. (down 10 lbs.) Wooooo! I have been following you and I would like to thank you for the videos you post on YouTube. I have been performing variations of your workouts at the gym and I am already starting to notice a difference. Today for example, I was on the elliptical and I got a runners high  – this has never happened.

However I have always struggled to stay motivated. Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated and to keep my workouts fun? It would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and keep up the good work

Mike

Hey Mike! How are you?

Congratulations on starting your fitness journey and your 10 pound loss is something to be very proud of. Way to go my friend. Be sure to keep up the workout consistency and stay focused on your health. I know you can do it.

Okay, so how can you make workouts fun? There are many ways to get creative with your workout. First, you can simply time your workouts and / or sets and try to beat your time with each new workout. It’s essentially a way to compete against yourself. When using this method each workout really becomes a challenge because you know what you did last time and you’re trying to improve. Another option is to use a list of exercises printed on cards or paper as a way to plan your workout. The idea is really cool because you never know what’s coming next. Write down 20 or 30 exercises with either a rep or time count on index cards and shuffle them up. So one card may say ‘pushups for 30 seconds’, or ’15 squats’, or ‘bike 5 minutes’ etc. – you get the idea. Once shuffled, pull 4 or 5 cards out and use those exercises as your circuit. Perform the circuit for 2 or 3 rounds then move to another set of movements. The great thing about this method is that you never know what’s coming next and you’ll never get bored.

If you belong to gym, you can also try a class. Sometimes the group atmosphere is really exciting and the morale makes you want to work harder. Just be sure to ask around and find out who has a really rocking class and ask for referrals from members who enjoy the class AND have seen results. Another option is for you to join an online community where (if you’re comfortable) you post pictures and your weight and become accountable to people online. In fact here on the ATF site, we’re starting a DietBet challenge on February 1st. Basically you bet $30 that you can lose 4% of your bodyweight in 28 days and if you reach your goal, you split the pot with everyone else that succeeded. It’s a fun way to stay on track with your goals and make money for all of your hard work.

Keeping a journal may also be a great way to exercise fun and motivating. Write down how you feel after working out and re-read the prior day’s entry each morning to remind yourself why you exercise and how good you feel about yourself. And perhaps you should think of joining Twitter and following pages on Facebook where individuals share their weight loss journey and tips. This can be a great source of daily inspiration.

Mike the key here is to not be limited or inhibited with your workout creativity. I know from past experience that some people who are overweight feel embarrassed or sometimes not even welcome when taking classes. I’ve even heard some people say they’re not in shape to take a class! That’s just ridiculous. Every class, program or workout is scalable to each individual’s abilities and you have as much right to take part in a class or use gym facilities as anyone else. I’m not saying this is you, but if it is don’t let anyone intimidate you or make you feel less than you are. If you’re not a gym member, keep going with my YouTube videos and use others as well. There are tons of great trainers and workouts for free to be found online.

Most importantly, don’t lose sight of your ultimate goal – improving your health and fitness. I know you can do it and please keep me updated on your success.

I hope that helped. Good luck!

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