Motivation comes from within and sometimes it is such a challenge to stay motivated and keep moving. There are things you can do to keep pushing forward, including watching movies! Say what?! Yes, there are some inspiring movies you can watch to light a fire under your rear again. Check this list of inspiring movies out and remember you can do this!
Snuggle up with a blanket and a cup of tea. Use your down time wisely and watch some of these inspiring movies. Here are some great, inspiring movies:
Set in a time before Nike, Hoosiers is the classic underdog story of a scrappy basketball team from small-town Indiana that makes it to the state championship. Watching Gene Hackman yell out the “picket fence” play to the team is the emotional equivalent of a post-game high five.
Make it a double-feature: Hoop Dreams
Take it off the couch: Every baller needs to work on their jumping skills. Get the power to drive down the lane and spring into the air by following these foolproof pointers for increasing your vertical jump.
2. Bend It Like Beckham
This movie has more girl power than a Spice Girls’ reunion. Bend It tells the story of the teenage daughter in a conservative Indian family who is soccer-obsessed but forbidden to play by her family. (Spoiler alert: That doesn’t stop her from playing.) A spunky Keira Knightley plays her BFF and Jonathan Rhys Meyers is their dreamboat coach.
Make it a double-feature: Shaolin Soccer
Take it off the couch: Get a leg up—you’ll need strong legs to get past the goalie. Run through this Tabata routine and picture a soccer ball bouncing on your high knees.
3. Remember the Titans
Football movies are plentiful and range in quality, but Titans gets our vote for pure inspiration. Consider the ingredients: A dash of Denzel Washington, a splash of historical setting, a heap of underdog scrappiness. Mix them together and you’ll get this uplifting Disney movie. Result: the best pep rally ever.
Make it a double-feature: The Blind Side
Take it off the couch: Do a halftime hustle. Instead of stuffing your face during halftime (or looking at kittens) get off your duff and do this routine (warning: jump squats). Then claim some healthier victory nachos.
4. Forks Over Knives
Yes, we love kale, but sometimes we love double-chocolate frosting more. That’s OK. It’s hard to imagine life without layer cake. But we can all use motivation to get plant powered and invite more vegetables onto our plates. Watching vegan fireman Rip Esselstyn climb up a pole chanting, “Real men eat plants!” will convince you to up your intake of the green stuff.
Make it a double-feature: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Take it off the couch: Make your own vegan comfort foods. These crazy delicious recipes prove eating a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be a endless parade of sad salad.
5. Fed Up
Yes there was a time when we all broke up with fat. It was the ‘90s, and low-fat everything was all the rage. (Incidentally, so was Nickelback.) The result? Food manufacturers removed tasty fat and then pumped sugar into all our food to boost the flavor, and there it stayed causing all kinds of damage. Fed Up pulls the cotton candy off our eyes and exposes the sugar overload in the standard American diet.
Make it a double-feature: Fresh
Take it off the couch: Try out some of our healthier desserts. Just because you’re cutting back on processed sugary snacks doesn’t mean treat time has to end. Baked apples or cinnamon toast FTW!
6. Center Stage
Think of this as the anti-Black Swan: a feel-good, high-kickin’, toe-shoe sporting spectacle. Magical costume changes? Sure thing! Motorcycles on stage? You got it! Young, fierce ballerinas come into their own, challenging dance moms and blowing the roof off the recital hall. Keep an eye out for a young Zoe Saldana before her brush with Avatar-blue.
Make it a double-feature: Step Up
Take it off the couch: Shake your money maker. Now that you’re primed to pirouette all over the place, try some dance workouts online, from barre to bokwa.
With grit and realism, Girlfight is Rocky for the millennial set. Michelle Rodriguez plays a teenager enrolled in the school of hard knocks who decides to start throwing her own punches. It’s a raw and real look at everything fitness can offer at-risk teens.
Make it a double-feature: Warrior
Take it off the couch: Boxing isn’t all about the punching bag. Quick footwork is required to avoid getting slugged, which is where jumping rope comes in. Here’s a quick but intense 15-minute workout to get your heart skipping and your feet moving.
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