10 Tips on how to motivate yourself to exercise more

Exercise is one of those things that you’re either committed to and gung-ho about, doing it anytime you can and feeling bad anytime you can’t, or the complete opposite. The advantage of being addicted to exercise is that you’re probably fit already and all you need is to tone it down a little.

But if you belong to the opposite crowd, those who drag themselves to the gym or fall asleep lacing up their running shoes, then you have bigger fish to fry: lack of motivation. But how do you motivate yourself to get off the couch and exercise? I’ve listed a few simple ways to motivate yourself and stay motivated so you can wear your shapewear with confidence.

  1. If you’re overweight, take a photo of yourself (or find the most unglamorous one) and stick it in the refrigerator. This way, every time you attack the icebox for a snack, you’ll see yourself and think twice about eating, maybe even spur you to do a quick workout right at that moment.
  1. Use your Smartphone and set up alarms like crazy. Turn your phone into a nagging personal trainer. Key in the words “Time to Move!” or “Get Busy!” or whatever motivational speech you want to nudge yourself out the door for some much needed exercise.
  1. If you enrolled for gym or Zumba class, use your Smartphone’s calendar to remind you not to miss it. It’s already paid for, so you really need to go. Add a reminder that you’re throwing your money away if you don’t show up. Money, like health, is always a good motivator.
  1. Set up visual reminders that you need to exercise. Purposely leave your running shoes where you can see them every day. Leave your yoga mat near your desk. Set up your exercise equipment so that it’s the first thing you’ll see when you step out of the bedroom.
  1. Talk yourself into doing it. This may sound nuts, but talking to yourself and psyching yourself up is a very effective way to get things done. Tell yourself repeatedly that exercise is good for you and that to have a healthy future for you and your family, you need to be healthy now. Just don’t talk to yourself in public.
  1. Find an exercise buddy to hold you accountable. It could be your spouse, bff, or anyone close to you that you can entrust with this. It’s important that you find someone that will be with you all the way and not give in to you when you want to quit. They have to push you, and call you out when you’re being lazy.
  1. Speaking of lazy, when you’re de-motivated to work out, always remember that it’s the old you who’s whispering in your ear. The old, unhealthy, overweight version of you sitting on the couch with a bag of chips and ice cream. This old version of you loves to sabotage things, and is behind all the laziness and overeating. Don’t let this obsolete version of you win and hold back the new and healthier you. Fight back by not caving in to laziness. Fight back by working out.
  1. Find a place that inspires you to workout. This could be anywhere; your home, garage, gym, park, trail, train yard; it doesn’t matter! As long as this place is special to you and you’re amped up just to be here, always do your workouts here. Being in a familiar and comfortable environment helps with motivation.
  1. Visualize your body’s transformation and what you’re going to look like after all is said and done. Visualize how you’ll be better at doing a lot of the things that you previously sucked at, like sports and other athletic endeavors and how better you’re going to feel because of your new found health.
  1. Remain positive and confident no matter what happens. You may not see results as quickly as you’d hoped, and that’s OK. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and so will your body. It takes time to be fit and healthy and by staying motivated and sticking with the program, you are headed in the right direction.

Being motivated and staying motivated starts from within, and if you really want to change and shape your future to be on the healthy side of things, following the tips above can help you achieve success.

Best Movies to Teach Kids Persistence

Learning doesn’t have to be boring.  Kids can learn from movies – especially if you take the time to prep them to watch and to have a discussion afterwards about what you hope they discovered.

Persistence is something I am trying to help instill in my own grandchildren.  It is, I feel, THE most important characteristic to have to get where you want to go.

Below are a few of my favorite movies to teach tweens about persistence.

Unstoppable PG-13 (2010) Starring Chris Pine & Denzel Washington

In this thriller, a runaway train must be stopped before it hits a populated area and goes off track and explodes. Denzel is Frank, the experienced train engineer running engine 777 with Will (Pine) as his conductor – just out of training.

Frank and Will initially try to get their engine 777 out of the way of the runaway – heading straight towards them on the main track. Once the runaway passes, Frank decides to try backing up to hook onto the end of the train to slow it down so that someone can climb on and take control. Through multiple challenges, and in direct opposition to what the bosses are saying, and even though he has been notified that he is being retired early, Frank persists in trying to stop the train.

Will initially lets home problems interfere with work, causing him to make mistakes. Frank persists in demanding that Will pay attention to work and teaches him to do it right. In the end, Will, with an injured foot, jumps from the engine (going 70 MPH) into a truck bed which carries him to the front of the train where he is able to climb aboard the runaway engine

Wall-e G (2008) – Disney Pixar animation Starring voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin

Wall-e, Eve, Burn-e and the little robot who cleans up Wall-e’s messy tracks all consistently persist in their goals. Wall-e and Eve try and try to get the little green plant to the spot on the ship that will take the ship back to earth. Burn-e overcomes many frustrating problems to replace a light bulb on the ships exterior and the little robot who cleans the floor is practically anal about keeping it clean!

Pursuit of Happyness PG-13 (2006) Starring Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a risk taker who put his life savings on the line to buy portable medical scanners to resell at a profit. He persists in selling the scanners, even though they are hard to sell. He sees a chance to try for a financial broker internship (which turns out to be unpaid and highly competitive) and takes it once his wife leaves him.

In spite of doing multiple really stupid things (like leaving his expensive portable scanner with a stranger on the street), Gardner persists in keeping his son by his side through homelessness, getting thrown in jail for traffic tickets and other adversity and works smart and hard to meet his goal of winning the financial broker job.

Secretariat PG (2010) Starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale

Penny (Diane Lane) inherits a race horse from her parents and sets herself a goal of getting the horse to race and win. She goes against wishes of her spouse and her brother and multiple horse ‘experts’ to reach her goal.

My Fair Lady G (1964) Starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway

In this classic musical Eliza demonstrates remarkable persistence in learning how to change the way she speaks so that she can become ‘a lady in a flower ship’ instead of a street girl selling cast off flowers to passerbys. She succeeds in spite of working without any acknowledgment of her efforts.

Ratatouie G (2007) Disney Pixar animation Starring voices of Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt

Remy the rat (Patton Oswalt) has a dream. He wants to become a great French chef despite being a rat and going against society’s inborn phobia of rodents as well as his rat family. He persists despite the ridicule of his family, not knowing how to cook, the need to team up with humans and the disapproval of his father.

Chicken Run G (2000) Dreamworks animation Starring voices of Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels

Ginger the chicken (Julia Sawalha) tries and tries to find a way to organize a great escape (for all the fowls) from the chicken coop. When Rocky the rooster (Mel Gibson) comes flying over the fence, she just knows he can teach them all to fly. However, she soon finds out he is shot from a rocket at the local fair and can’t fly at all. Ginger persists in searching for ways to free them all and eventually succeeds, following several mis-steps.

A League of their own PG (1992) starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty

Although Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) is the ‘star’ of the movie, it is really Kit Keller (Lori Petty) her sister who is the persistent one. When major league ball takes a hit due to the men going off to fight in WWII, league owners organize a women’s league. Kit gets wind of it and is stoked to join up, but the recruiter is more impressed with big sister Dottie. He finally agrees to take Kit if she convinces Dottie to join up. But once on the field, it is Dottie who becomes the persistent one – finding ways to bolster flagging ball game attendance by showing the women how to be more flamboyant players. Along the way, the women convert has been player, now coach – Jimmay Dugan (Tom Hanks) from being a drunken side stander to becoming an active and involved coach.

Erin Brockovich R (2000) starring Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin

Former beauty queen and unemployed Mom – Erin (Julia Roberts) persists in convincing Ed Masry (Albert Finney), the lawyer who unsuccessfully defended her in a car accident case, to give her job as a legal assistant. When he hands her a case, expecting her to do some simple followup, she goes on the road for days to interview the plaintiff and gather facts. She persists in developing the case against giant PG & E despite being ridiculed in the office, doubted by her boss, and beset with child care issues. Due to her persistence, folks who suffered cancer due to PG & E illegal dumping of toxic wastes, end up getting financial compensation to help with medical bills.

True Grit G (1969) starring John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell

Teenager Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) is seeking vengeance against the murderer of her father. She is in town to pick up her father’s belongings to take them home, but decides to hire the best qualified person to help her hunt down the murderer – Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Wayne). This teen age fire ball, in a time way before women’s rights, speaks out, stands up and fights for what she wants – over and over again. She persists at every turn when society, Cogburn and others try to dissuade her from her goal. she hires her man, fights to go with him, and speaks her mind at every turn.