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Motivational Mondays: Get Moving!

This week, I'm taking responsibility for my recent lack of activity—or, if I'm being honest, my total slothdom. Between running my business full-time, taking care of my toddler, getting used to a temporary home in a brand-new place and showing up daily as my husband's life partner, I have let my exercise routine fall through the cracks.

One of my New Year's resolutions was to get moving, and to commit to being active and breaking a sweat a few times a week. I feel better physically and mentally when I'm getting weekly activity, and my recent "break" from it has me feeling like crap. Consider this my recommitment to the exercise revolution!

I've devised a few tips and tricks to stay motivated and keep me on track with my new goal.

Motivate Yourself to Exercise by Feeling Cute!: For me, wearing what I feel is a cute outfit to the gym or in my exercise class goes a long way. Call it silly, but when you are feeling pretty and not dumpy, it really helps to elevate your mood and inspire you to work out at your best. To do this, I invested in a couple of coordinated and stylish workout outfits from Under Armour that make me feel like a million bucks. The fabric is stretchy and made to suck you in in all the right places—just putting them on makes me feel like I worked out! I also designed my own tank top with a super cool new iPhone app called Levatee. #Momlife. Pretty much sums it up.

TIP: Put your workout clothes on in the morning of the day you are planning to exercise to remind yourself of your goal as the day goes on. If you are already dressed for exercise, you are more likely to follow through!

Make a Refreshing & Delicious Workout Beverage: We all know by now that staying hydrated is just as important as exercise itself. Drinking enough water (8-10 eight-ounce glasses of water a day) helps flush out toxins, improves your skin and fortifies your immune system. But sometimes drinking a lot of water just feels so blah. Motivate yourself by creating your own "spa water"! I love to experiment with different combos like strawberry and mint, or even blackberries and cucumber slices. Add your combo of choice to a big pitcher of water, cover with plastic wrap and let chill for at least half an hour before serving. Toss the mixture after 24 hours, but you should have finished it by then! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Multitask With an All-Natural Hair Mask: This is one of my favorite little tricks ever. Feeling "whatever" about going to the gym? Well, what if you knew you could work on your fitness and get super silky hair at the same time? YOU CAN. Next time you're resisting your workout, slap on a coconut oil hair mask before heading out to exercise. Put your hair in a ponytail, take 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil and rub it in to your ponytail, focusing on the ends. Make sure to stop about an inch from your scalp so your scalp doesn't get too oily. Now twist the ponytail and secure it into a bun on the top of your head with an additional hair elastic or clip. As you sweat and your body temp rises, the coconut oil will permeate deeply in to the hair shaft to moisturize, heal and condition your hair. When you hop in the shower post-workout, shampoo and condition as normal. Voilà!

How do you stay motivated to get moving and sweat weekly? I would love to hear your tips in the comments below!

xoxo

-EAM

Images via Nina Suh for Love And Lemonade Photography

*Many thanks to Covergirl for sponsoring this post! As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

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