Ive challenged myself to identify *what* keeps me happily motivated unlike cardio where I lament & make excuses daily.
do I have *any* tips to proffer?
Here’s what I realized:
Four tips for finding & maintaining resistance training mojo:
Plan. Plan. Plan. These days Im an intuitive exerciser —I was not when I started. Whether you’re a pen & paper planner or an app-user—plan your workout. Get specific (sets, reps, rest periods etc). Next step? Create a Plan A & Plan B for each training session. Whether youre training at home, playground, or gym plan what you’ll do if machines are unavailable etc. Planning sets you up for success & provides you far less opportunity for excuses.
More muscle = higher metabolism . Of course Im not saying we *shouldnt* do cardio, but this DEFINITELY motivates me to resistance train (I had a client who hung this as a sign in her home!). Im not willing to watch what I eat as I age. Im not willing to limit my portions & shift from mindful eating to calorie counting as I age. Im *very* motivated to resistance train by higher metabolism it provides.
It’s fast . I am not training for competition. My competition is LIFE . My workouts are short (some of this is from pre-planning some is they need to fit into my life) and focused.Twenty minutes. I can always find (& motivate for) twenty minutes in my day especially when the pay-off is lower stress and higher metabolism. Nothing would derail *my* mojo faster than and hours long training session.
It empowers me . When I finish cardio—I feel depleted. When I finish resistance training (be it silly PLAYout with the Tornado or traditional lift) I feel empowered. I feel strong . Im reminded I AM MY OWN SUPERHERO . Weight training helped my find my voice. It gave me the confidence to demand to be heard & know Im worthy of taking up *space* in the world. Who wouldnt want to make time for something when it feels that amazing & extends into all realms of life?
What’s your best tip for finding or maintaining resistance training mojo?
Do you have a fave workout planning/recording smart phone app to share?