Busy But Healthy: 6 Tips To Get Motivated For The Gym

By Kristine Fretwell. There is no better feeling than waking up in the morning and feeling great! Not tired and sluggish. We all know that regular exercise and healthy eating helps dramatically.

Feeling unhealthy can be a vicious cycle. You Eat Bad —> Less Energy —> Get Lazy —> No Exercise. I’ve been in this cycle myself before, and sometimes it’s very difficult to get out of it.
Alternatively, do you find yourself going to the gym, but not really motivated when you’re there? Or perhaps you’re not excited to go at all, and actually dread it?

Here are some things that get me excited about working out:

Get Motivated

1) New iTunes Playlist
Music always helps me get motivated. I get excited to go to the gym and hear all the new songs I’ve downloaded.

2) Starting A New Program
Old stagnant workouts get boring really fast. Starting up a new program can spark new interest and new motivation.

3) Try New Healthy Recipes
There are so many places to get healthy recipes. You know I have a ton of them here for you to try. Keep variety high so you don’t get bored.

4) Recruit A Workout Partner
Many people find being accountable to someone makes it easier to stay motivated. I haven’t been lucky enough to have a workout partner for the last 5 years, but when I do have an opportunity, I take it.

5) New Workout DVD’s
If you prefer to workout at home, it can be easy to pass on workouts. Chalene
Johnson and P90X are both great workout programs. I also like Tony Horton 10-Minute Trainer as its quick! There are tons out there, so just look.

6) Magazines
I like getting new magazines to read at the gym only! I actually subscribe to quite a few: Oxygen, Clean Eating, Cooking Light, Eating Well & US Weekly. If I have a bunch at home that I’m wanting to read, I just allow myself to only read them at the gym. It gets me excited to go, and makes doing cardio so much easier.

Kristine Fretwell

Kristine is a Mission resident who was born in Ontario, Canada but was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Having graduated high school with honors, she then went on to earn her Diploma in Marketing Management/ Professional Sales from BCIT in 2001. After becoming a Registered Nutritional Product Advisor (RNPA) with the Alive Academy of Natural Health, she sought a career within the industry.

Kristine Fretwell

Being active has always been a priority for Kristine. Growing up she enjoyed dancing and numerous sports. In her adult years she’s enjoyed kickboxing, pilates, yoga and group classes. Kristine has always had a passion for healthy eating which was instilled by her mother. From a young age she remembers going to their local health food store on a regular basis.

It was after the birth of her daughter in July 2008 that she became more serious about being fit. Stepping on stage only 7 months after her daughter was born and placing 4th, she realized that first show wouldn’t be her last. In October 2009 at the FAME Canadian Nationals, Kristine came 1st place in the Advanced Fitness Model division earning her Pro Status. With her keen organization skills, she hopes to inspire other new moms to get back into shape amongst a hectic schedule, and help people of all ages keep motivated and lead them on a path to a healthier life mentally and physically.

To learn more about Kristine’s life and her journey to improved health, read her full story here.

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