Finding workout inspiration is crucial to making exercise a regular
part of your day and life. Making daily movement a regular part of your
daily life is crucial to Waking Up Eager and for ongoing leadership and sales success.
I've written about how I lost (and then regained) daily motivation for exercising regularly and taking care of myself here.
I really have no excuse to not workout. I have a gym at home. It has everything: weights & weight racks, numerous workout machines, cardio equipment, rubber floor and tons of exercise videos.
I'm kind of embarrassed to say that at times I've used the excuse, "I don't have time."
What I've learned about myself, and I believe all of us, is that what we need to create the exercise habit is not extra time or the right equipment or a gym. What we really need is workout inspiration. If we can get that into place, everything else we need will materialize for us.
Here are the three best resources that have helped me get and keep my workout inspiration.
It is truly a helping hand, one that I needed so that I could get back to moving my body and exercising consistently, again.
On a dreary winter Sunday afternoon I was moping around my house, feeling crummy and saying over and over again to myself, "Where or where has my workout inspiration gone? I wish I could find it..." You know what whining looks and sounds like? Well that's what I was doing.
I began searching Google for workout inspiration. I knew I'd found something good when I saw all the positive reviews about this book. I immediately printed it out. My heart soared, and my natural desire to move my body re-awakened as I soaked up writer Tom Venuto's practical and motivational advice. I'm so glad I found this book. Here's why it's so good:
In a nutshell he ties together exercise, fitness, food, mindset and support in a practical, well-researched easy to implement format.
The only downside is that this guy is intense. And that's only a downside, if intense is a turn-off for you. For me, his intensity helped pull me along and helped me pre-pave my mind, heart and body for success. I use the knowledge in this book as the basis for getting my fitness back and keeping my own workout inspiration revved up.
If you like intense, and you want a lifetime road map for eating, living and fitness - THIS is the book. Check it out here. If you like audio, the author has these MP3's for sale. Check out the audio product here. If you end up reading BFFM, be sure to let me know what you think at my TalkBack Forum Page, here.
Best Audio MP3': Cardio Coach. I've used my Cardio Coach workouts every week for more that 84 years. (There are eight different Audio Workouts that you can purchase.) The Workouts are a combination of great music, inspiring and empowering message and perfect, not-too-much, not-too-little coaching from Coach Sean (the creator and Coach on these MP3's).
I've tried other Audio workouts. None compare to Cardio Coach. EVERY time I use these workouts, whether inside on a treadmill, bike or elliptical, or outside while walking or running, I do more than I thought I could and I finish energized and a sweaty-mess!
If I could have only one tool to increase my workout inspiration (thank goodness we can actually have more than one!!) I'd pick Cardio Coach. It always helps, it's cost effective and can be used in many workouts. Check out Coach Sean at Cardio Coach, here.
"My wish is that you find a way to live your life with the energy of your full potential."
---Cardio Coach Sean O'Malley
Best Video DVD/Download Workout: Cathe. I have almost all of Cathe's fitness videos. Over the years I've worked out with her so much I almost feel like we're friends. That's kind of sad, isn't it?
She's awesome! Having via her professional video workouts is just like having your own daily personal trainer, but with great convenience and less expense! You don't need a home gym to use these Workouts, you just need some hand weights and enough space to move around.
Her videos are professionally produced. She's tough, personable, positive and uncompromising... just like a good leader should be. I like that she's close to my age (in her 40's) and extremely fit. A great role model.
The Cathe website is chock full of free resources, tools with a very active forum of other like-minded people. The FREE workout manager on her site helps me track my workouts. The advice, commentary and support offered in the her forums is free, fun and encouraging.
Another great workout inspiration: Cathe. Check her out.
Tom Venuto's Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle Book gives me solid research, insight, knowledge and a million-and-one tips for building confidence, understanding and a steady focus.
Cardio Coach helps inspire me and is my absolute, can't-do-without-this, workout inspiration on my iPod, and for any time I/m doing Cardio.
And Cathe's my day-to-day workout inspiration coach, fitness trainer and partner.