Making Working Out, Work Out!

It’s that time of year again when the weather starts to warm up, clothing starts to get a little smaller and less bulky, and visions of bathing suits start dancing in my head.

This is the time of year where I always decide to “get serious” about working out. I’ve also been a thin person, but I’ve never been “in shape”. I normally have the hardest time getting motivated to work out, but I recently have figured out a few little tips that seem to work for me… at least so far ;), so I figured I’d share them with you.


First, find something you actually enjoy doing. If you hate running, don’t run. I personally can’t run because it kills my hip. When I started exercising, I really thought about what I like to do, which honestly isn’t much when it comes to physical activity. However, I absolutely LOVE to roller skate, so I went on Amazon and bought a pair of skates.

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Aren’t they cute? I absolutely love using these. I am lucky enough to have an outdoor roller hockey rink at the park by my house, so I skate there every morning.

That bring me to my second point: timing. Pick a time that works for you. I personally know  that if I plan to exercise when I get home from school, it’s SO not happening. I make myself get up a little bit earlier every morning so I can go skating first thing. Since it’s something I like, I don’t mind getting up a little earlier. Bottom line: if you’re a morning person, exercise in the morning. If your a night owl, exercise at night.

Third, don’t over-do it. In the past when I’ve decided to exercise, I’ve tried to do it every day for a long time. That quickly fizzles out. This time, I’ve decided to exercise for just 20 minutes at least 3 times a week. I try to do a little more if I’m feeling motivated, but I’ve learned that it’s better to exercise for a short period of time 2x a week than to exercise not at all which tends to happen when I over do it.

Fourth, track yourself. I am not one of those people that writes down everything I eat or weighs myself everyday. All that does is stress me out. I do, however, like to write a little “e” on my calendar on days that I exercise. When I get to 10, I give myself a little treat like buying something small or taking some time me time to do something I really love. It makes me feel good to see consecutive “e” days. 🙂

Fifth, and finally, pick a realistic goal and write it down. My goal is to shed about 5 pounds and get back to my pre-wedding weight, but my main goal is to just be more active and healthier. I think it’s really important to be realistic with your goals so you, again, don’t get overwhelmed and end up sitting on the coach eating oreos instead.

So those are a few ways I motivate myself to work out. What do you do to motivate yourself, and what types of exercise do you enjoy? Let me know in a comment below!

Have a fabulous week!

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Martha from Primary Paradise

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  • vicky moore
    April 14, 2013 6:28 pm

    Hi Martha – great post!! My problem isn’t working out it’s what I put in my mouth…LOL I think my years from competitive swimming has stuck with me and I always make it a priority to work out. I agree do what you love and don’t try to force yourself to become a runner or spinner, etc. if you aren’t. Good advice…I could love at least 5 pounds before my summer trip. LOL Have a wonderful week friend. xoxox

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      April 14, 2013 8:04 pm

      I have the same problem, hence the need to start working out! lol Thanks for stopping by Vicky! Your comments always make me smile. 🙂

      Have a wonderful week!

  • Carol-Ann Roaf
    April 15, 2013 7:01 am

    Due to some past injuries I have struggled to find a form of exercise that I love that does not leave me hurting. I have found that my body can tolerate short periods several times a day so I try to incorporate my exercise into activities I already do like walking up and down stairs a few extra times or parking further away from the entrance or taking extra laps around the playground on recess duty. Soon, I hope to build back up to where I can go back to some more focused exercise. For now this works for me. You’ve got to keep moving! Have a great week! 🙂

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      April 15, 2013 5:42 pm

      I agree. You definitely have top find what works for you, and keep on moving however you can. 🙂

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