It’s that time of year again. The holidays are over and now we are paying the price with our waistlines and are motivated for a change. My experience is getting dressed for the part helps create the motivation.
So let’s talk about ways you can get motivated and feel confident to become a healthier you for 2013. I know moms typically spend money last on themselves, but I feel that you can invest in a few affordable pieces that will boost your confidence in the gym or during your home workout routine.
Black should be your first purchase and then you can always build with other colors. Make sure the yoga pants fit comfortably around your stomach. Pants that flare a bit toward the bottom are always flattering.
Chose a color that always gets you compliments. The color choice will make you feel WAY better than a dumpy, baggy t-shirt that is without form and makes you feel blah. Whether you feel confident enough for a tank top or would rather cover your arms, make sure the top fits you at your current size. You don’t want to feel like a sausage or feel bigger than you really are because your top is baggy. They are a lot of tanks and shirts with built-in features that help make everything look more flattering.
Focus on a jacket that is easy to slip on between classes and form-fitting enough that it still looks good if you are running errands.
You will be more motivated to drink out of it. If the design or color is unique, the rest of the family will know to keep their hands off.
My husband and I tend to argue when trying to locate our two pairs of white earbuds because we can typically only find one. If you have a colored pair you will be able to identify them quicker.
I HATE spending a lot of money on gym shoes, but I have had to shell out the money to get the shoes that suit my fitness needs best. It’s important to get the right shoe for your fitness goals. I went to a fitness store that was more specialized when I was training for my first half marathon. I hated spending the money, but the sales person spent a lot of time with me making sure that I had the right shoe for the way that my foot rolls. I like to buy shoes by fashion style, but sometimes function trumps fashion when comfort is involved and what is best for you. You can even research a bit and just find out what type of shoe you need–aerobic, running, tennis, hiking, cross trainer, etc. There are a lot of options out there and it helps to get some advice from the experts. It’s good to know how your foot pronates when you walk or run because that will also determine your cushion needs.
If you are trying yoga, it’s fun to have a creative mat to show your personality. My husband got me white boxing gloves one year for Christmas and I was so excited to use them. Goggles and a swim cap are great if you are trying lap swimming. Also, an armband is perfect for holding your phone so that you can listen to music while working out.
I’m a gal who works out because I enjoy eating lots of food (especially chocolate). The key to staying consistent is to view exercise as part of your daily routine just like brushing your teeth. If you find yourself getting bored or unmotivated, try a new challenge or class. There are a lot of great tips and exercise ideas on Pinterest. I love finding their motivational exercise quotes and images, too. Also, don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. Just make sure you don’t let one day become two that becomes three. A healthier lifestyle is all about changing your habits one day at a time.