Finding the motivation to work out several times a week can be very difficult, especially if you tend to be very busy or if you are like me and are lazy. So for the past few weeks I have focused on ways to improve my temperament towards working out. Also with sixish months before swim suit season I figured it was a good as enough time as any to start focusing on toning my tummy region. I will admit I’m not the most flexible or fit person and not to mention I am a beginner but I hope over time I will be able to perfect these images and have a rocking body like Ciara. So here are some exercises that I recommend you try on your next visit to the gym.
Hanging Leg Raises
Do 30 reps. Make sure to keep your legs as straight as possible when raising your legs. Do not use your leg muscles to do this upward motion instead you should feel it in your abs. Make sure to keep your legs tight and do not separate them.
Kneeling Cable Crunch
Attach a rope handle to the high pulley of a cable station and kneel with your back to the weight stack. Drape the rope around your neck and hold an end against your chest with each hand. Crunch your rib cage towards the ground making sure your elbows almost touch the ground. Pause, then slowly return to the starting position.
Dumbbell Push Up Row
This exercise is pretty hard and I could only do a few of them but you will definitely feel the burn with this one. I will admit this one is pretty hard so refrain from using a lot of weight for your first few tries. I do have a slight back problem so if you are able to try and get your back more straight. First place a pair of dumbbells about shoulder-width apart on the floor. Grab the handles and position yourself in a push up position. Lower your body to the floor and then press back up. Once you’re back in the starting position, pull the dumbbell in your right hand up toward the side of your chest. Pause, then return the starting position and repeat with your left hand. That’s 1 rep. Try to prevent your torso from rotating each time you row the weight.
Some other great exercises to try that you can do at home include:
Some tips to keep you motivated to work out:
- Go with a friend or loved one. There are several benefits to bringing a buddy with to work out as they can motivate or encourage you to go to the gym when you are feeling lazy or too tired. Another benefit besides having someone to spot you is it’s a great time to catch up with friends. Face it, being a mom is filled with lots of activities and responsibilities including bringing kids to school, practice, making sure the house is spotless, and for some it also includes going to work. So my question is when do you have time to catch up with friends or find time for yourself? Probably not a lot of time. So why not pick up a new hobby like working out. The gym also is a great place to catch up on the latest gossip and to bond with friends.
- Set up a playlist that will keep you pumped. My songs tend to be a little more on the comical side but still keep me motivated to get off my lazy buttocks. Some of the songs I tend to listen to are more upbeat which include Eye of the Tiger, Sexy and I Know it, Run the World (Girls), and Feel So Close.
- If all else fails try buying a workout outfit. Instead of letting it collect dust you will realize that you need to work out or else it will go to waste.
- Post sticky notes on your bathroom mirror to keep yourself inspired. Below is a picture of some great ways to motivate yourself.
If you are struggling to find time to work out try these simple things:
Do some of the exercises at home as a few of them I posted only involve weights and a mat- how easy is that!
Schedule in when it is the best time to work out but make sure you base it off of when your motivated the most to work out. For me I am not a morning person and between interning, cooking, and working, I have found it’s almost impossible to go in the mornings. So I found the best time to go is after I get off from work. If you tend to be a night owl then go in the mornings after you had a small breakfast.
If you have any tips or advice on how plan to get in shape for swim suit season or on what motivates you to work out post them in the comments below. To get started on a professional workout regime, reach out to a local Tampa personal training team !