Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Guest Post Maria from Two Belles Fitness!

A new season at Win, Lose or Blog is set to begin. Applications are coming in, the screening process is under way, contestants will soon be selected. If you are chosen, are you ready? Will this be the time you get the weight off?  Are you motivated? Need help getting motivated and staying on course? Here are some ideas:

Know the Benefits of Exercise – there are a whole host of reasons why exercise is beneficial.  Exercise helps you manage your health, improves your mood, aids in weight loss, boosts your energy, and improves your sleep.  These are just a few of the reasons why exercise is beneficial to your overall health.

Find an Exercise Partner – whether it is a friend, spouse, neighbor or pet, studies show that exercisers are more likely to stick to a program if they have someone to workout with.  An exercise partner offers support, encouragement and accountability. 

Chart Your Progress – okay, maybe it is my analytical nature, but another way to stay motivated is to document your results.  It offers a visual of where you’ve been and how far you’ve come.  A snapshot of your progress that will motivate you to keep going.

Rewards – who doesn’t like rewards?  Rewards are great for keeping you going.  After reaching one of your short term goals reward yourself with something small, a new workout outfit, download a new playlist from iTunes, buy yourself a new exercise DVD.  Once you reach a long term goal reward yourself with something bigger a day at the spa, a new iPod.  

Other Motivational Aids – other forms of inspiration can be in the form of a motivating book, movie or quote.  Who hasn’t been motivated to workout after watching Sylvester Stallone train in Rocky, or Jennifer Garner in Daredevil?  Or how about reading about Lance Armstrong in, It’s Not About the Bike?  Or what about an inspirational poster board in your workout area decked out with motivating pictures or quotes to encourage you?

Looking for more motivation? Check out Two Belles, Four Biceps and the Pursuit of Fitness a joint effort created by your very own Win, Lose or Blog administrator LindseyLu of Fitness for the Rest of Us and me, Maria from Huff and Buff and former Win, Lose or Blog contributor. Join us as we review the best workouts from top trainers, share healthy recipes, interview renowned instructors and motivate our readers to get fit and live a healthy lifestyle. Hope to see you there and good luck on your Win, Lose or Blog journey. May weight loss success be in your future!!


  1. As someone who needs a full-time cheering squad(just kidding) to keep me on my toes -- I love this post! Anything that helps me motivate myself is a plus. I am on the lookout right now for a printable workout chart so I can keep track of that part of my day easily!



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