Look, we feel you, it's freezing, it's dark during the majority of your free time, the holidays are here and you think of throwing the towel in until January. We however are here to remind you of all the reasons you should stick to your workout plan, even through the month of December.
Remember that working out is good for your health. There isn't anything more beneficial than a workout. Exercising assists in maintain a healthy weight, lowering bad cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, and improving the amount of good cholesterol in your body. Not to mention it strengthens your bones and muscles, lowers your risk of cancer, decreases stress, helps you battle depression, and even improves your sex life!
Although some days working out feels like a chore, hopefully the majority of the time it provides you some enjoyment. During this winter time, it is more important to find an activity you enjoy doing. If you hate running, take a break from the treadmill and get on the spin bike. Finding something fun will increase your chances of actually dragging yourself to the gym.
Few things are as good for your confidence as looking smokin' hot. What that definition is to will vary by the person. Some of us are comfortable with curves, some skinny, some toned and some strong. Even if you are out of shape, overweight, or aren't at your goal body yet, working towards this ideal body will give you confidence. Stay on track and don’t expect perfection after just a week of exercise. Strive to get your best body—not someone else's.
Don't wait until January 1st, set goals now! How much weight do you want to lose? How much weight do you want to lift? There are a little over 30 days left in this year, set a small goal and try to achieve it by January 1st. The smaller the goal the more likely you are to achieve it. Once you reach this goal, you will feel an amazing sense of accomplishment and then you'll be more likely to set new goals and stick to them!
Rewards are a powerful motivator. When it comes to working out, don't reward yourself with food, but with a new pair of jeans. Or maybe just being healthier is reward enough. Again, make sure you are not rewarding yourself with food, because nutrition plays a major role in your health and results.