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#1 Tip for getting motivated (hint: you can do it NOW)

Some days I feel like an imposter.

I write about motivation but am often the least motivated person on the planet.

In fact, I have mastered the art of procrastination with the skill of Usain Bolt training for the Olympics.   

Apparently, I need an impending, imminent deadline for anything to get done. But in my defense, eventually I get things done on deadline. Every time.

But on the journey from commitment to the end product I whine, drag my feet, go on Facebook, watch smokey eye makeup tutorials on YouTube and call everyone I know in an effort to never do the deed.

(I probably don’t need to tell you I’m writing this post Sunday and it’s due to go out in my newsletter tomorrow morning.)

The result? I simply prolong the agony.

Because when I finally actually do it, it takes me way less time and is way less uncomfortable than I anticipated.

Well, not always. Sometimes it’s worse.

Like this week when I went to record a video in my house and accidentally broke a wine glass in the process of moving things around.

Have you ever dropped a glass on a tile floor? It somehow creates a debris field five miles in diameter and takes four hours to clean up. Even then, you’ll spot shiny pieces months afterward. Yup, a piece of glass you missed, even after all that vacuuming, sweeping and power washing. How it ended up in the living room defies logical explanation.

The only thing worse is dropping a bottle of bright pink nail polish on the bathroom floor just before you’re ready to go to bed.

But that’s a whole other blog post.

Speaking of procrastination… this brings me to the main point of this post (you knew I’d get there eventually, right?).

MOTIVATION

“How can I get motivated?” is a question I get nearly as often as “how can I get rid of this belly fat?”

At first this seems like a complicated question requiring a multi-faceted, soul-searching answer.

But in reality, there’s a simple way to find it:

TAKE ACTION NOW.

DON’T OVERTHINK IT. (Yes, I’m talking to myself as I write this.)

Stop all the planning, bargaining, scheduling and wrestling with your inner child. Grab a pair of walking shoes and head out the door.

I realize I’ve contradicted myself from advice I’ve given in prior posts, but as some smart person once observed: everyone’s different.

If you thrive on planning, scheduling and strategizing then sure, the whole “put it in your calendar so you don’t forget it” tip may work for you.

But if you tried that and you skipped it anyway, this could be your solution.

When you find you cannot, no matter what, get yourself moving, stand up. Then take a tiny step.

For example…

  • Put on your workout outfit as soon as you get up out of bed
  • Walk in place or around the house
  • If weather permits, go outside and start walking – don’t focus on anything other than getting fresh air, forget the “exercise” part
  • Sit on the floor and stretch
  • Tell yourself you just have to move for FIVE minutes – look at your watch and do whatever goofy move comes to mind, be it jumping jacks, walking in place, doing crunches, swinging from the chandelier or playing with the cat.
  • Get online and look for a short workout to do at home… here’s one of mine:

                    FAT BURNING CIRCUIT

IF YOU LIKE THESE TYPES OF MINI WORKOUTS BE SURE TO SIGN UP FOR MY 7-DAY AGELESS BODY CHALLENGE!

Plus, focus on your goals and your “why,” the reason you want to get in shape in the first place. Maybe it’s to dance at your grandson’s wedding, walk up a flight of stairs without feeling as if you’re going to pass out — or have a fighting chance at grabbing the best deals at the next Macy’s one-day sale.

Write down your WHY and keep it in front of you where you’ll see it every day. Eventually, you WILL get there.

NOW YOU.

What will YOU do the next time you’d rather swim in shark-infested waters than work out? Let me know in the comments below.

Other posts you may like:

Fat burning intervals for women over 50 (includes a new video!)

#1 Habit all successful people practice every day

The Key To Weight Loss Success No One Talks About

Got questions? Drop me a line at linda@lindamelone.com and be sure to sign up for my Ageless After 50 Facebook group. I check in every day.

Your Ageless Body Coach,

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About the Author Linda Melone

Linda Melone is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, certified trainer and award-winning health and fitness writer. She specializes in helping women over 50 get in shape and lose weight.

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Patricia Scott says

I listen to your advice on doing this just for me. Most of my workout partners have not been able to make it due to various reasons. SO I listen to you and head out that door. In the weeks I’ve gone solo I notice a big improvement in my strength and it sure makes it easier than watching me lose ground from inactivity.

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    Linda Melone says

    Good for you, Pat! It’s not always easy to find other motivated people, unfortunately.

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Rosheen OConnor says

Hi Linda, I am so going to try this, the only one I think I may struggle with is the Walk Out but I will give it a good go for sure. Many thanks for your great suggestions, advice and motivation.

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    Linda Melone says

    Great, Rosheen! Let me know how you do :).

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Linda says

Linda,
I love your use of humor! I’m looking forward to reading your articles that you mention on your about page.
Keep it coming!!
Linda

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    Linda Melone says

    Great, thanks, Linda!

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