get moving motivation.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012



1. buy workout clothes that you are excited to wear and fit correctly. save your sweatpants and college tee for re-painting the kitchen.

2. if morning is your workout time, slip on your gym clothes the second you get out of bed. even before you drink your coffee. it's harder to talk yourself out of it when you're already dressed.

3. working out doesn't mean running a half-marathon every day. it can mean taking the dog for a long walk, playing in the park with your kids, cleaning the house, yoga in your living room, or taking the stairs everyday. whatever works for you.

just get moving.

photo by rebecca loyche.

28 comments:

Shannon said...

Good advice, in fact as I'm reading this I'm sitting here in my yoga pants drinking coffee! It really does help, if I'm already dressed I won't chicken out. ;)

Also, seriously Lululemon is awesome, I don't work for them, but I wear their stuff everyday, well.. actually like the same pair of their pants everyday, ha! And they have lasted!
Shannon
www.11thandshannon.com

Rik said...

These are great! I meant to comment the other day, but I'm excited for the new health posts.

rebecca said...

thanks so much rik!

Greetings from Texas! said...

I assume that lady on the floor is you? =)

Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) said...

Awesome advice! I'm loving these wellness posts. There's a researcher at my work who is studying standing and treadmill desks. He has one of the former in his office and there's one of the latter in a communal area that anyone can sign up to use for an hour. It goes slow so that you can take calls and work on your laptop while you walk.

I was astonished that Joe Fresh (on 5th Ave at 15th?) has really cute workout clothes (similar to lululemon) but most pieces ring up at under $20.

rebecca said...

kate-
that's awesome. i think some people (myself included) really benefit from constant movement in order to be productive and focus on the task at hand.

and thanks for the joe fresh tip.

Emily said...

I so agree on the getting dressed first. I'm way less likely to change out of workout clothes if I haven't worked out yet. I have a friend who tells herself she just has to go for a walk but once she's out usually ends up running. It's easier to move more once youre' moving!

Patrice said...

I fully support the idea of constant movement. My co-workers think I'm crazy for offering to make the daily coffee run, but not only is it a break for the chaos of my office, it's a chance for me to get some brisk walking in during the workday.

Also, I'm definitely in need of some new yoga wear. Any suggestions?

Hannah said...

Good advice. Every little bit helps.

Smith & Ratliff said...

Back in my NCAA athlete days, I used to sleep in my workout clothes. Made getting up at 5:30 a.m. a little more bearable.

Patrice, Lululemon makes the best yoga clothes!

B. in the Know said...

Hahaha - I love that picture, I totally feel like that is me some days at work. I make sure to pack my workout clothes with me and have them in my car so I go straight to workout after work because I cannot get up that early in the morning. It totally helps to ahve clothes I enjoy wearing - plus, really finding something you love to do for working out. For me that is yoga. Has completed changed my life and now I actually am back to loving working out!
Much love,
B

rebecca said...

patrice-
though i don't (yet) own anything from lululemon, i've only heard amazing things about their yoga wear. including the above comments!

athleta is great too.

I'm Pam said...

moving. trying to make moving and activity a priority - not easy always but well worth it in the end!

Lonely Wife Project said...

Every Sunday I scrub my house clean and I swear I sweat almost as much as when I go for a 3 mile run.

Robyn said...

so true-i ran the other day, and my nice running gear was in the wash-so i wore tights (that were too tight) and a T-shirt as big as a tent- my run was rubbish! I need more gear.

Also-totally agree with the second one-i put my gear on at work-so that I am all ready for when I get home...in the hope it gets me out the door!

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

Now I'm going to wear my workout clothes to bed. haha. I think you wrote this post just for me. I need to get my lazy butt outside and working out!

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

This is such fantastic advice (this coming from someone who does, in fact, do yoga in their living room)!

Chessa! said...

I agree with all of these tips...especially the one about putting on your work out clothes right after ou wake up. That one is major for me. Also, if you have a similar schedule as a friend, work out or take a class together! I find that that really helps me. My sister and I work out together at least a few days a week bc we don't want to let the other one down. it's great motivation.

rebecca said...

chessa-
how did i forget about the classic workout buddy tip? thanks.

Heather from Poppy Haus said...

I agree. You've gotta dress the part.

the southern hostess said...

I needed this bit of motivation today!

Style Servings said...

Great advice and that pic is hilarious!

http://styleservings.blogspot.com/

Fi Figueroa said...

Well this was 'in my face' perfect. Definitely need that little push. Specially when a certain someone (lady in the desk) resembles a very very accurate version of my workdays.

Oh, and how is it that I JUST found your blog? LOVE it.

--Fi

Shaylynn... I BLAHWG. said...

I am just awful, awful, awful, horrific at working out. So I just kinda don't.

Maybe.. maybe.. you'll just motivate me. Maybe:)

Shoko said...

Great advice. Now that spring's around the corner, I plan on resuming the running I was doing pre-winter. Thanks for the motivation!

skim said...

I totally agree with the statement "Whatever works for you." The important thing is to do it. Even walking just twenty minutes every day does wonders in preventing chronic disease and lowering your chances of developing high blood pressure and all that other terrible stuff.

I'm sure you knew I would appreciate this post. :)

Lisa said...

OMG! This is exactly what I've been thinking all week and I really had to laugh, when I saw the picture. After having spent far too many hours on the computer, I feel pretty much like that woman!

Sal {Daniel and I} said...

All very good points! You really need to psyche yourself up to exercise - I always schedule my gym sessions into what I have to get done in a day and that seems to work. Let's face it, it's easier not to work out than actually work out so you've gotta find what works for you!

Sal x

p.s. Great picture find - made me laugh

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