What’s your exercise motivation?

We all know that cardio is an essential part of any good exercise regimen and vital for a healthy heart. We may not always get as much as we need, but we still know we should make an effort to get outside or to the gym. The general recommendation for the average adult is 150 minutes of moderate to intense exercise every week, or 30 minutes five days a week. Do you clock in this much time or more?
Yes, the beach and your bikini are calling since summer is just around the corner, but that shouldn’t be your main motivation to workout. We all want to look fabulous half naked, but placing all of your emphasis on looks when pushing yourself to workout can easily backfire. The more you focus on what is NOT right with your body and how far AWAY from your goals you are, the more exercise becomes this awful chore you feel you HAVE to do. This can lead to not only unhealthy habits and excessive thoughts about exercise, but also is known to cause you to give up sooner on an exercise program or healthy lifestyle.
To combat all the self-hate we women tend to place on ourselves, and more specifically our bodies, try to change your perspective on working out. See it as something that will add years to your life and save you thousands of dollars in the future. Exercise shouldn’t be something that defines whether you had a good day one bad one, something that causes guilt if you miss a workout and heaven forbid ate a cookie or two, okay let’s be honest five. Place its emphasis on taking good care of yourself. You wouldn’t go to bed without brushing your teeth. Think of exercise in the same way, do it to keep your body clean and healthy on the inside. If your motivation is positive, energy and great health, versus negative, ugh my body sucks, you are more likely to reach your goals and place less stress on yourself in the meantime.

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