With Thanksgiving come and gone and Christmas just around the corner, holiday weight gain looms large. Research suggests that Americans gain an average of one to five pounds over the holidays, which doesn't sound bad, except research also suggests that weight stays on.
You can avoid that weight gain, or at least burn those extra pounds off, by getting in some extra exercise. Sometimes the hardest part of running is getting out the door. If you're having trouble getting motivated to run, there's a lot you can do to get motivated and stay motivated.
Read, "The 12 Habits of Highly Motivated Runners" from Runner's World for some in-depth tips to get motivated. If running's not your thing, substitute running for any exercise. Here are some highlights from the article:
- Run in the morning. I know it's hard--it's easy to hit that snooze button to grab another 20 minutes of sleep. Consider, however, that you're not really getting anything out of that short amount of sleep anyway. Resolve to go to bed a little earlier, and before you know it getting up early and getting out the door for a run will become routine.
- Speaking of routine, set one. Set a goal to run however many days a week that works with your schedule. I'd recommend at least three days to reap the cardiovascular and muscular benefits of running.
- Run with others. Having a training partner means someone else is counting on you to get out for a run. Or, join a running club or training group. I always notice the miles tick by quicker when I've got someone to chat with.