Bethenny's Tips on Making Fitness Work for You
Exercise should be like a good friend; if you haven't seen one in a while, you look forward to the visit, and when you're spending time together, it's always a blast.
If you're someone who doesn't love working out, sometimes making time for exercise is difficult. The key is to find ways to incorporate activity that's fun and easy, so it feels like a natural part of your day and not a chore.
1. Be Consistent
On average, Bethenny works out between 2-3 times a week -- max. Sometimes fewer. But she's consistent about it. If you're doing unrealistic amounts of exercise that you can't maintain, you will forever be on a roller coaster of emotion about your body.
2. Keep It Short But Sweet
Bethenny is not an hour-and-a-half type of a workout girl. You should do what you can in the amount that you can. If you stop at 30 minutes, knowing you'll look forward to doing more again tomorrow -- do that. Keep it short and sweet. If you kill yourself and fall off the wagon, not working out the rest of the week, you're not making fitness work for you.
3. Do What You Can (and Don't Feel Bad About It)
If all you have time for one day is a few stretches, then stretch and make yourself feel better, and you don't feel bad about it. If you have kids and a stroller, then walk to school. If you're on vacation, take a walk on the beach or bicycle ride.
Bethenny doesn't belong to a gym; she'll exercise with a DVD at home with Bryn. The excuse many women use -- "there's nothing around" -- is simply a lie.
4. Know Yourself
If you're a morning person, make it easy for you to work out first thing in the AM. If it's hard for you to get out of bed and get moving, try laying out your workout clothes the night before, or you could even sleep in your workout clothes. Identify what stops you from working out and make fixes to trick your mind into saying yes.
If you're not a morning person and can't find the time to get some exercise in the evening, try a new class. Spinning, Pilates, yoga -- make it something you'll look forward to throughout the day. If you need an extra boost, find a buddy and try a new class together. Whether it's your daughter, neighbor or best friend, being accountable to someone makes the choice of couch or workout much easier.
5. Just Do It
Bethenny is often asked how she balances it all while staying motivated to be healthy. There's no choice. As women, we just do it.
If you're feeling lousy and want a fresh start, wake up, drink a green juice and feel better. Do what you need to do in order to kickstart some activity in your life. Don't push your workout to tomorrow. Don't tell yourself tomorrow rainbows and fairy princesses will come out and your health will be perfect. Every day is different and you do what you can today.