17 TIPS TO STAY MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE
It’s late February and our drive to exercise and be healthy may be faltering if it hasn’t already died. However, spring and summer are right around the corner. Ugghh. Yeah. Use these 17 tips to stay motivated to exercise and be ready for the pool parties.
17 TIPS TO STAY MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE
1.Buy new workout clothes: I’m not one to get dolled up to go sweat. I exercise at home in my basement so I could essentially wear ratty sweatpants. But there’s something to be said about nice, new workout clothes. One – you spent the money for them. Two – if they’re super cute you might want others to see them. Three – the weather will be getting nicer bringing opportunities to walk, bike, run outside. No need to scare the neighbors with ratty sweatpants.
2. Tell everyone: Tell your friends and family you are exercising more. Tell them what you are doing – running, kickboxing, 21 Day Fix, working out at home. Tell them. And then don’t answer their questions about how it’s going like this: “Uh, yeah. I haven’t worked out in a while.”
3. Set an event deadline: I have a wedding to go to in Florida the middle of June. It’s been a very long time since I’ve worn a swimsuit. I’d like to be comfortable and not hiding behind big cover-ups. This is my motivational event deadline to do my scheduled workouts. Find some event where you’d like to feel confident and strong. Doesn’t matter how big or small the event is. It just needs to motivate you to exercise and live healthy.
4. Get a workout buddy: A workout buddy is a great asset when exercising. This buddy can hold you accountable. It’s a lot harder to skip a workout when someone is expecting you to show up. You’ll also push each other to do your best. Plus, it’s more fun with a friend.
5. Join a support group: I’ve created a Facebook group for those of us striving for a healthy, strong life. We’re all in this together and offer support and motivation to do our best. Join and get the motivation you need.
6. Read an inspirational book: Find a figure with a moving, inspirational story. Someone you admire and makes you want to move. I’ve always been impressed with Dara Torres. Hell, all I need to do is watch a little Olympic gymnastics to light my fire.
7. Find a motivational quote: Is there a quote that always resonates with you? There are plenty to choose from. Find a favorite or two or three and post them in prominent places throughout your home. Maybe even in your car or phone.
8. Make awesome playlists: There is power in music. It can make you move. Create a playlist with songs where you just can’t help but move. Muse has a few songs that make me want to kick some butt.
9. Do workouts/exercises you like: No one is going to exercise if it’s a major chore. Find something you like and enjoy doing. This may mean you are changing things up. A lot. That’s okay. Change is good in your workouts. Eventually you’ll find something you love.
10. Get organized: If you go to a gym, have your bag packed and ready by the door. Know what you will be doing at the gym that day or even for the week. If you exercise at home, organize your space. Have a specific spot for your equipment and journal. Plan your workouts so you know exactly what you will be doing. Always have a backup option in case something comes up.
11. Create a fun alarm: If you plan to exercise in the morning, create an alarm with a fun ringtone that reminds you to workout. It could be a certain song or a phrase like Get Up and Exercise. Put the alarm across the room so you have to get up to turn it off.
12. Cinch your belt a little tighter: Oh, this irritates me. When my pants feel a little too tight. Certainly makes me want to fit into those pants better. Even if your pants fit well, cinch that belt tighter so you feel uncomfortable enough to get up and move.
13. Do shorter/more effective workouts: An hour seems like a long time now to workout. If you can’t stomach that, do shorter more effective workouts. You can even do multiple short workouts throughout the day. Add some of these short workouts to your schedule.
- 20 Minute Cardio Kickboxing Workout
- 6 Kettlebell Exercises for Weight Loss
- 20 Minute Total Body Tabata Workout
- 4 Minute Total Body Workout
- Daily 6 Minute Workout
- 4 Minute Cardio Workout
14. Remember your why: Think about why you wanted to exercise in the first place. Does that why still hold true? If not, find a new why. If it does, stand strong and go after your why.
15. Find a before photo: Find a photo of yourself that you hate. Hang it in a prominent location so that you are consistently reminded of where you don’t want to be physically, mentally, emotionally.
16. Buy a super cute outfit that is in the size you want to be: Hang this super cute outfit front and center in your closet. You want to see this every day and tell yourself “I’m going to rock that outfit.”
17. Start a streak: Get out your journal and start logging your workouts. You may even want to pick a certain exercise. Once you create a streak, you won’t want to break it. Give yourself little rewards after reaching specific streak goals. Don’t break the streak!
Everyone loses their drive to exercise. Life happens. It’s a journey. Things come up that get in the way and we may get distracted.
No big deal. Just refocus, find something that works for you and start again. You can always start again. Being strong and healthy is worth the effort. You are worth the effort.
TRACK AND MARK YOUR WORKOUTS COMPLETE!
Are you keeping a fitness journal? Research shows that by keeping a food and fitness journal, writing down your workouts and what you eat, you lose more weight and reach your goals quicker. Fitbook is an awesome journal that provides tips, motivation and plenty of space to reflect and document things that inspire you. I use this to help plan my workouts and my meals. I love the extra tips it offers. Oftentimes, I’m left thinking – That’s a good one. I’ll have to try that. There are actually a few journal options to choose from.
How do you stay motivated to exercise?
As always, please remember that I am not a medical professional, personal trainer or certified instructor… I’m just a hard hitting girl who wants to be healthy and strong! Before you begin any fitness or nutrition program, please consult your physician!
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