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Exercise: No Excuses! Rainy Day Motivation

by Amanda Held PT, DPT on April 2, 2014

4-2-14 Rainy Day ExerciseLast month you were given some great ideas on exercises to complete using body weight as resistance.  Now that spring is here, don’t let the rain melt away your exercise motivation. Here are some ways to stay motivated and things to think about as the weather starts to change this April.

If it isn’t raining too hard, grab an umbrella, boots or a rain coat and brave the elements.  Some of my favorite workouts have been in the rain (watch out for worms). It has been proven that working out in the rain has high levels of oxygen consumption leading to more calories being burned.  Another nice benefit is that working out in that rain hides all those T-shirt sweat marks.

But if it is raining buckets, transition the workout indoors or make a trek to the mall.  Many malls open their doors early in the morning before the stores open and you can use the corridors like an indoor personal track.

Another great idea to keep indoor workouts amusing is to listen to good music you enjoy.  Make sure the music is something that will get your toes tapping and make you want to move.

You can also set up a mini boot camp in your living room with several different exercise stations and complete a circuit workout. Spend 1-to-2 minutes at each station.  Take a 30-second break and then rotate to the next station while keeping your heart rate up.

Amanda Held, PT, DPTAmanda Held, PT, DPT

 

Example:

Jumping jacks
Step up and down at the bottom stair
Mini squats
Wall push ups on a free wall
Bicep curls with canned goods or weights
Jog in place in a free area
Add some of the exercises you learned last month

Rainy day motivation is also increased if you can convince a pal or an “accountabili-buddy” to come over and work out with you.  Strength in numbers! You can feed off one another’s energy to stay motivated and get rid of the rainy day blues.

These ideas also work great for cold winter months when no one wants to venture outside to break a sweat.  The best advice I can give is to keep the workouts interesting.  If you’re having fun, you are more likely to stay with it.   Good luck!

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