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Thinking about working out burns between zero and zero calories. It’s time to exercise today!!

There’s always a way to talk ourselves into not exercising. Too busy, too tired, too sore. It’s up to us to take the steps to improved health and realize that we CAN get in shape, CAN feel more energized, CAN live a better life. And above everything….we can find the time – we just have to know how to find the motivation.

Even if your driving factor for now is weight loss, once you get started that will seem far off into the distance because nothing compares to having incredible amounts of energy, and to be in the cycle of allowing your body to crave what it wants. Says Justine Ewart (37), a regular exerciser “There are days that I take off and my body will be talking to me, telling me to walk the stairs instead of using the elevator.  It is truly amazing how the motivation comes naturally. Don’t forget you have to start first.  It took some time for my body and mind to adjust and after about the 21st day I noticed a change and I was on my way to a healthy routine.”

The Sea to Sky is an area with great surroundings and easy access to fantastic trails! This should make working out so much easier, as really, exercise is not restricted to the gym. If you are finding it hard to get up and go, have a look around.

Many people find that committing to exercise early in the morning is the easiest way to get started.  By the time you get into your daily work activities, it becomes much more difficult to tear yourself away during the day to go to the gym or go for a run. “I used to constantly  have  that sinking feeling by about 3:00 in the afternoon when yet another day had gone by and I hadn’t done any kind of physical activity, and could see that the line up of responsibilities stretched well into the evening,” says Jane Frazee, a real-estate agent and long time Boot Camp recruit in Whistler.”I feel much better when I just get my workouts done in the morning. It has been remarkable for me to experience the change, the improvement in the way I feel all day every day.” Now that Jane is in this ‘habit’ of exercising most mornings, she feels it all day long, physically and emotionally, and says that it is a ‘very positive, good feeling’.

You’ll likely find the first week or two the toughest, but once it becomes a habit you will find that even on the  days you are not exercising, you’re awake and ready to embrace the day. Imagine being showered, dressed and ready for work by 8:30 with an incredible feeling of accomplishment!

Become one of those regular exercisers who feel empowered in aspects of their life by finding your running shoes and sweat pants, and walking home from work tonight. Grab an iPod or a friend to keep you motivated through the first stages – getting started is the first step, but once you get going you won’t be able to stop. You will crave the endorphins and that will get you up in the morning – guaranteed!

© Cat Smiley, 2014 | Article Reproduction

Cat Smiley has established herself as one of Canada’s leading fitness educators through her unconditional commitment to inspiring people to live their best and healthiest lives.
- Dr. Sal Arria, DC, MSS, Co-Founder and CEO of ISSA
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