10 Ways to Stay Motivated for a Yoga-with-Weights Workout - dummies

10 Ways to Stay Motivated for a Yoga-with-Weights Workout

By Sherri Baptiste, Megan Scott

The hardest part of any yoga-with-weights workout is taking the first step, lifting the first weight, or taking the first deep breath. Getting motivated is harder than bench-pressing, harder than running through the park, and harder than any yoga-with-weights exercise.

Take a deep breath for your yoga-with-weights workout

When you suddenly feel a lack of motivation, try taking a deep breath. When you’re getting up your gumption to start a yoga-with-weights workout, pay attention to your breathing. Take a deep, slow, gentle breath, and feel the air filling your lungs. Relax as the air exits your lungs. Doing this helps you take stock and build up the motivation to get started.

Consciously breathing helps you stay more alert and focus on the present. And it gives you clarity so you can confront the task at hand.

Make the commitment to do yoga-with-weights

One way to make the commitment to exercise is to make it at night. Set your alarm clock an hour earlier than usual, place it across the room so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off, and put your walking shoes and the workout clothes that you like to wear next to it. You can start walking or running outside or on a treadmill immediately.

When you’re finished warming up, choose which yoga-with-weights workout you want to do, and get to it.

Here’s another approach: When you wake up in the morning, make a written list of the things you want to accomplish during the day, and include a yoga-with-weights workout on your list.

Take care of yourself with yoga-with-weights

Taking care of your body makes you healthier and happier, which enables you to give more of yourself to any task you want to accomplish and to other people in your life. Your job, your spouse, and your children all require you to be certain places and do certain things.

It may seem selfish for you to set aside these responsibilities for a moment to focus on you, but taking care of yourself actually has benefits for the people you love and the people who depend on you. The more you take care of yourself, the more you have to offer others.

Celebrate the benefits of yoga-with-weights to your sex life

You can use sex to motivate you to do your yoga-with-weights exercises, because yoga with weights can improve your sex life. The exercises boost your metabolism and increase your ability to focus and concentrate. You’ll feel better, and you’ll notice improvements in self-esteem and stamina. All these benefits have the effect of making you more confident and alive in the bedroom.

Another benefit to your sex life comes from the emphasis that yoga with weights places on breathing. Many sexual techniques call on you to focus on your breathing as a means of relaxing and enhancing the sensation so you enjoy sex more. Relaxation is supportive to sexual arousal and enhanced duration.

Reward yourself for your yoga-with-weights workout

Go ahead and reward yourself with a piece of chocolate when you complete a yoga-with-weights workout. You deserve a reward, especially if the prospect of getting a reward motivates you to exercise.

You’ll discover after you do several workouts, however, that the exercises are rewards in and of themselves. After a 20-minute workout, you feel refreshed, alive, inspired, and ready to take on the rest of your day.

Consider how yoga-with-weights can help you sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation, fewer than half of all Americans sleep long enough or well enough. Sleep deprivation depresses your immune system, increases irritability, and slows your reaction time. Losing sleep can also accelerate the aging process.

Yoga-with-weights may be the best answer to your sleep problems, because the exercise program helps you relax and de-stress.

Try this technique: Lie on your bed with your eyes closed and your hands resting on your belly. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and rise to the ceiling. As you exhale, feel it contract, and visualize your belly drawing closer to your spine. Deep-belly breathing helps trigger the relaxation response in your brain.

Use yoga-with-weights to reach a goal

You want to look good at your high-school reunion, don’t you? Many people don’t attend their reunions because they don’t feel good about their lives and their appearances. Yoga with weights empowers your body, mind, and spirit.

Six-month’s worth of yoga-with-weights exercises will have you looking good and sporting a greater sense of joy and confidence to reconnect with friends from your past. Don’t be surprised if your former classmates marvel at how youthful you are.

Find a yoga workout partner

Working out with a friend turns exercising into a social occasion. It makes exercising more fun, and you and your friend can encourage one another to try harder and to exercise regularly. He or she can tell you when you aren’t lifting your leg high enough or stretching your arm far enough.

A little healthy competition between workout partners is a good thing. As your partner encourages you, you’ll want to try harder.

Talk to yourself during your yoga workout

Before you start a workout, talk yourself into it. Tell yourself about all the health benefits you’ll enjoy after your yoga-with-weights workout. And give yourself a pep talk in the middle of a workout when you start to wilt. Think about how good you’ll feel when you finish. Recall the feeling of pride and satisfaction you always get from a good workout.

Create a yoga-with-weights routine you enjoy

After you do several different workouts, you’ll find a dozen or so exercises that you like most. Combine these exercises into a workout you enjoy. You don’t have to work as hard to motivate yourself to do this self-made workout because it has your favorite exercises, which means you’ll do it more often.