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How to Keep Motivated to Stay in Shape

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

I am always fascinated by the tools people use to stay motivated and continue on their weight management and fitness programs. Here are a few of my favorites. I hope you find one that works for you!

Five Pound Rule: I get on the scale once a day to monitor my weight. My goal is to stay within five pounds of my ideal and healthy weight. I usually remain the same, but on those off times when stress or overindulging pushes that number up, I don’t panic because if I catch the weight gain earlier enough I won’t have to lose so much down the road. It is easier to lose five pounds than it is 10, 20 or 50!

Do it Before the Sun Sets: Years ago, I decided that living a busy life would no longer be an excuse to ignore my fitness. My rule is that I will not go to bed until I have done at least 30 minutes of exercise. Be it cardio, yoga or strength training, I chant to myself that I will “do it before the sun sets.” Since I know I have no option but to do it, I find myself effortlessly carving out time in the morning so I’m able to get it done before the day gets even busier.

Evoking the Mantras: Certain quotes or mantras can quickly snap us back to our goal when we find ourselves wavering on our weight management, exercise or during workouts.

“All it takes is all you got.” – Marc Davis

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

“The task ahead of you is never as great as the power behind you.”

“Run hard, be strong, think big!” – Percy Cerutty

“Today you have 100 percent of your life left.” – Tom Landry

“Anticipate. Devastate. Dominate.”

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Who am I?  I AM a champion!” Check out the entire inspirational video here:

For more inspiration from Maruchy Lachance check out:

Calorie Counting Isn’t All That Bad

Diet and Fitness Tips for Your Kids

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August 21st, 2011

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