Ways to Maintain Your Motivation for Working Out

One of the things that the Marines are known for are their emphasis on physical fitness. However, there are times when even the most ardent physical fitness buff grows tired of the same workout routine and needs some extra motivation to achieve his/her goals. For active duty personnel that motivation comes in the form of a DI, but for military persons who are on no longer on activity duty, finding the motivation can difficult. At eMarine PX, where we have Marine Corps items for sale, we believe that exercise is a vital component to living a long, productive life and is fundamental to accomplishing many of life’s goals in and out of the Corps. For that reason, we wish to offer the following tips for how to motivate your workouts.

  • Become an Early Bird: Anyone who has ever served is quite familiar with waking up early to start the day. Waking up early to begin your exercise routine can energize you for the entire day.

  • Run in a group: Again, those who have served in the military know that exercise, as a social activity can be invigorating. Having comrades there to spur you on can give you that extra dose of adrenaline you need. Try running, hiking, climbing, etc. with others in order to stay inspired.

  • Dress the Part: A study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests that workout clothing can actually motivate people to workout more. What could be more motivating than USMC hoodies, sweats or other Marine branded items?hoodedsweatshirts

  • Take a Break: The body needs time after intense workouts to refuel itself and to repair tissues. Moreover, working out to the point of exhaustion actually increases your chance of injury.

  • Change up your routine: Add new exercises; create small challenges for yourself, etc. in order to help regain your mojo.

  • Use technology: Apps like Zombie and Run, as well as technologies such as Fitbit and Moov Now, are designed to give you actionable intelligence on your state of health, etc. Meeting certain metrics that you’ve set for yourself can be quite inspiring.

Finally, it may be tempting to slack off every now and then but doing so often will only slow down your progress and prevent you from becoming the best you can be. Be safe, productive and proud as you workout this spring.

The Marine Corps and National Autism Awareness Month

Throughout its proud history the Marine Corps has been known for its community involvement and its support of worthy causes. This month of April finds the Corps involved in another such a cause. The cause is autism and this month is National Autism Awareness Month. National Autism Awareness Month is a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion. This effort is designed to not only educate the public about autism but it is also designed to increase public participation in activities designed to help others understand this developmental disorder. The public can participate in these efforts specifically by:

  • Becoming a volunteer such as those who help at the Special Olympics.

  • Joining in walk/run events for the cause.

  • Displaying the Autism Puzzle Ribbon on your car, your clothing, or even in your social media profile picture. We encourage our customers here at eMarine PX, to pin the ribbon to clothes that you can buy at our USMC store to further demonstrate Marine support for this worthy cause.

Facts About Autism

  • 1 in 68, individuals are currently diagnosed with autism.

  • Adults with autism are 10x more likely to consider suicide than adults who don’t have autism.

  • The unemployment rate for adults with autism is as high as 90% despite the fact that many people with autism can contribute greatly to the workforce.

Additionally, the ExceptionalFamily Member Program (EFMP) will host many events tohelp the public understand more about what has become the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. The EFMP is a DOD enrollment program that works with both military and civilian agencies to provide support for housing, education, medical and personnel services to U.S. military families with special needs. Again, we encourage our customers to shop our Marine corps products online with the multi-colored, puzzle ribbon that has become a symbol of hope and support for individuals and families that have been affected by autism.