weekly fitness tip: make exercise a part of your day.

I have a friend who is a workout devotee. She is the most faithful exerciser I’ve ever known, ever. I asked her once to give me some tips, some motivational inspiration, something, anything to help me get a move on. She told me this:

“It’s just a part of my day, like feeding my kids, brushing my teeth, taking a shower. It’s just not optional.”

I asked her if she loved it, if it is her favorite thing to do in the world, and she told me that no it isn’t, but she feels better when she’s fit and it’s not an option not to fit it into her day. I’m not like this. I hate working out, hate it. I love the way I feel after I’m done, and I love the way my body looks when I’m in a regular workout routine, but I HATE IT. I have to force myself to do it.

So here’s my plan of attack: I’ve enlisted the help of a friend and we’re going to do it together. Between the two of us we practically have an entire gym of equipment, we just need the motivation and support to work out. Every Tuesday and Thursday night we’re going to get together and exercise and encourage one another and set goals together, and by golly we are going to get fit even if it kills us. And it might.

So, that’s my challenge to you: enlist a friend, a child, a spouse, a neighbor and do it together. You can do it!

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. KJ :

    Go for it. Really go for it.

  2. Caley :

    Good plan! I saw somewhere recommended that you change habits with your friends (such as meeting for drinks) to healthier routines such as meeting for a walk or a game of tennis. I like that.