I would describe myself as pretty sporty. I love getting out on the field, running around and trying to win. Now, what I am terrible at is motivating myself to work out when there’s no winner involved. Unless someone is planning on giving me a trophy after I step off the treadmill, just the idea of working out is enough to leave me exhausted.
So what’s a lazy girl like me to do? Well, with some clever strategizing, I’ve been able to figure out a few simple things you can count as part of your workout routine (well, at least according to me), as well as a few creative ideas to make working out as simple as possible.
Do Some Spoon RepsEating ice cream is basically like a workout — you have to do a lot of reps of lifting your spoon up and down! All those utensil-based meals are like a mini-weight lift sesh so totally count them as a workout. Source: Shutterstock.com
Flip Those Pages!I mean, you could just be scrolling on your computer screen, but if you decide to take the extra effort to flip those pages (and have you seen the size of some magazines lately?!), I say it can totally count. Plus, if you're reading any kind of health or fitness article, than it's also like studying up for future workouts, so bonus points! Source: Shutterstock.com
Make A Perfect (Short) PlaylistMaking a workout playlist is an awesome way to get motivated, and depending on how long it is, it can be a great way to time your workouts. However, if you only put one or two workout songs on your iPod, I guess you can only work out for a max of about ten minutes. Everyone will understand that you really can't workout without the proper music — it's a totally acceptable reason to be done for the day. Source: Shutterstock.com
Show Off Your GearOne of the best parts of working out is buying fun workout clothes that make you feel confident. However, it wouldn't be an accurate showing of your new clothes if people only saw them covered in sweat. That's just disrespectful to them! Keep your workout low-key and sweat-free in order to honor the stylish vibe your workout clothes want to give off. Source: Shutterstock.com
Get Some Pedal PowerGo for a bike ride! Grab a friend and a tandem bike so that way the two of you can get outdoors and fit in a little bit of a workout. Take a seat and coast along as your friend pedals you guys to a great workout. Oh wait, BOTH of you are supposed to pedal? Nah, we think our original plan still counts. Source: Shutterstock.com
Twist Your WordsDoing the StairMaster at the gym is a popular workout routine, but now you can just put your own spin on it. Show up at the gym, walk up the stairs to the entrance.... and you're done! Hey, it's not lying to then tell people you did the "stairs at the gym" today! Source: Shutterstock.com
Just Showing Up CountsYoga classes can be super relaxing — like to the point where sometimes I feel like I am going to drift off to sleep. If you feel that happening, I say just go with it! Just because you slept through the class, you still attended it and you got those relaxing benefits, so I say that is a workout well-accomplished. Source: Shutterstock.com
Swim Some Tub LapsSwimming is a great workout, but instead of dragging yourself to the pool at the gym, just set yourself up at your home pool — and by that we mean the tub. Do some laps like you would at the gym and just go back and forth to both ends. Because you're such a superstar, we think you'll surprise yourself with how fast this workout will go. Great job! Source: Shutterstock.com
Wet Hair Or Sweat Hair?If leave your hair wet before you set out to exercise, after five minutes of jogging your hair will probs still be soaked. Now it could just still be wet from your clean shower OR who is to say that it's not all entirely sweat now? We think your wet head could just stand as proof as how hard you were working up a sweat. I mean, who is really going to check it to be 100% sure? Source: Shutterstock.com
Be Prepared... Or Don'tForgetting your sneakers for a workout happens to even the most motivated out there, but what if you could conveniently always "forget" your sneakers? Just toss them in the trash without telling anyone, and now you'll always have a built-in reason that you can't join in on the workout fun. Oh well... Source: Shutterstock.com
Do you ever have difficulty finding the motivation to work out? What are your favorite things to do for exercise? Tell me in the comments!