We all know that a proper diet and adequate exercise add up to successful and sustainable weight loss. While eating balanced meals of fast and slow carbs and protein, as prescribed in the Food Lovers Fat Loss System, is a habit that can be learned in time, it's easy to fall short when it comes to working out. Maybe the Netflix binge you're in the middle of is getting really good, or you just can't manage to find the time to exercise. Here are some tips to keep in mind next time you find it difficult to work up the energy to get moving:
Splurge on some nice fitness gear. Whether it's a quality pair of running shoes, a supportive sports bra or a couple matching tops and bottoms, new clothes are simply fun to wear. Let yourself spend a little extra money on workout clothes and you'll be more motivated to put them on and get to the gym. Once you're dressed, you're not going to skip the workout. When exercising and eating right starts to pay off, you'll lose weight and need to buy new workout clothes - another great motivator!
Sleep in your outfit
Is simply having the new clothes still not enough to get you off of the couch? Then sleep in your workout gear. It might sound strange, but if you wake up in your outfit, that cuts out having to change. You literally don't have to do anything but brush your teeth and head out the door. Try coming up with an excuse when it is that easy.
Wash your hair on days you work out
How often do you wash your hair to keep it from getting greasy? Three, four times a week? Great, that's how many days a week you should be exercising. Don't allow yourself to wash your hair unless you're doing it after a workout. Does the idea of going four days with greasy hair gross you out? Good, then you won't go four days without visiting the gym.
"Do you want to sneak out of a class with mirrored walls?"
Sign up for classes
Joining a Pilates, Zumba or Crossfit class is a great way to make sure you stick with a workout plan. It's much easier to blow off a few workouts a month at the gym than a single class that cost you $15 to sign up for. It's also easier to stay motivated when you have an instructor right in front of you saying what to do. Do you really want to be that person who tries to sneak out of a class with mirrored walls? Probably not. Instead, you'll stick it out and feel great afterward.
Try some apps
There are plenty of apps out there that not only make working out easier, but also make it kind of fun. Whether you're competing against other users like you do in "Fitocracy," or outrunning zombies like in "Zombies, Run!" having something to keep you going other than your typical weight loss goals can make it more interesting. There are so many apps out there, so if you don't like the first one you try, experiment with another.
Make a playlist
What's better to get you going than your favorite music? Put together a playlist of your favorite upbeat songs to pump you up. Only have these jams on the workout playlist, and don't allow yourself to listen to it unless you're actually working out. After a while, your brain will start associating these songs with exercise.