How to Get Amped up About Exercise After a Long Winter

How to Get Amped up About Exercise After a Long Winter

Check out these ways to get amped about getting back into a regular fitness routine.

By: Karen Walrond

I’m going to admit something right up front: I hate exercise. I really do. And whenever I come clean about this dirty little secret of mine, people immediately try to convince me that I’m wrong:

“Oh, no,” they say, “you just haven’t found the right exercise yet!” I’m sorry, Well-Meaning-Person, but you’re incorrect. I’ve tried them all. I don’t like them.

But facts are facts: Exercise is good for you. And when winter starts to fade, all excuses for not working out more regularly fly right out of that newly-open springtime window. So, in the event that you’re an exercise-avoider like me, here are my top five tips for getting amped up for exercise now that spring is springing:

1. Get Lots of Sleep
One of my biggest recurring excuses for not working out in the mornings is that I’m too tired to do it. So to eliminate that excuse, I make an effort to get enough sleep. For me, this means eight hours — seven-and-a-half hours and I’m still too tired, more than eight, and I start to feel sluggish. But eight hours usually means I’m bounding out of bed, ready to go — the perfect time to tie on a pair of running shoes before I change my mind!


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2. Disguise it as Something Else
Often, if I decide that it’s time to exercise, my will to live starts to slowly ebb from my body, and I come up with all kinds of reasons why exercise is a bad idea: I have errands to run or chores to do. So this is when I realize it’s time to disguise my exercise: Is there spring cleaning to do? Crank up the tunes and have a solo dance party while I vacuum. Is it a beautiful day outside? Time to forego the car and ride my bike instead to run errands. Before you know it, I’ve completed all my tasks and I’ve had a great workout. Score.

3. Start Eating Healthy and Learn to Cook New Foods
By spring, even I start to get tired of the heavy comfort foods, craving instead lots of vegetables and lighter fare. It’s also the time when I feel like pulling out new recipes, trying different, summery meals. The happy result is that the better I eat, the more I feel like moving — so let your foods inspire your exercise.

4. Plan a Trip
There is no great motivator to get in shape like a vacation, particularly one where I know I’m going to be active (or worse, in a swimsuit). So if I really need the push to get moving, I plan a vacation for six months down the line –— scuba diving or hiking often feature big in my plans. And then, to be sure that I have the stamina to have a great time when that holiday finally approaches, it’s time to start working out regularly. And dreams of sandy beaches or mountain vistas are often all the inspiration I need.

5. When All Else Fails, Call a Friend
Let’s face it, sometimes misery loves company, so consider finding a friend with similar fitness goals so you can share the burden. It can be a lot harder to flake on the day’s exercise when you know you’re friend is waiting for you at the hike-and-bike trail.

When she isn't sharing tips on StyleUnited on how to add more awesome to your life, you can find Karen on She's on a mission to prove to you that your life is filled with different, unique moments of beauty, starting with her book, The Beauty of Different. Her work can be seen on, TEDxHouston and USAToday.

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