BY MONIQUE BARTLETT
Looking for motivation to workout can be problematic. It’s not until there is something you’re not happy with about yourself before you decide to make working out a priority. There are a number of things that can push you to change your habits and make your health a priority. Weighing yourself on your bathroom scale is a good idea however, a few pounds gain may shock you but it doesn’t really disgust you but extra fat certainly will.
Undress and stare at yourself in front of your mirror. If you don’t like what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror, then this should motivate you to workout. If you start now, you can control where it is now and if you really set your mind to it, you can lose a couple of inches in a just a few weeks.
Make a habit of not slouching in your chair but maintain an erect posture with your stomach tucked in. Slouching is a very bad habit. Not only is it bad for your back but it also gives you a very flabby figure. Sitting as straight as you can is a great way to ward off back problems. It can also make you look slimmer, leaner and taller.
Most of us tend to put on weight particularly in the mid section. Your stomach seems to have a mind of its own. One way to reduce the flab around your waistline is to breathe in air as strongly as you can and as you do that, hold in your stomach as much as you can. Hold it like this for a few seconds and then slowly release your breath without letting out your stomach. Try breathing like this at least twenty or thirty times in a day.
Breathe like this whenever you can remember to. After the first day or two, you should feel the muscles of your stomach tightening each time you do this. This is how you will know that you are on the right track. If you practice this without fail for twenty one days, not only will you have set a new habit but at the end of the twenty first day, you will have lost at least an inch off your waistline.
Whether you have an event to attend that you want to look your best for or if you’re just not comfortable in your own skin any longer, whatever motivation it takes to get you where you want to be is the right motivation. Stick to your routine and reap the benefits of your efforts. Do this for yourself and for your loved ones, so you can be around to spend more time with them.