Exercise. It’s a constant struggle. If you’re not working out then you’re wishing you were more fit. But if you’re not consistently staying fit, then you’re hating it each time you work out. Let’s be real, it’s hard.
Yet as we enter adulthood (gross), fitness is becoming a necessity. I mean, some people are born with a permanent six pack or blessed with an insanely high speed metabolism…but then there’s the rest of us. As much as I’ve tried to convince myself that I can still eat an entire pizza, my body stubbornly loves to tell me otherwise. Even though fitness has always been a part of my life, I’ve definitely struggled with consistency. Luckily, reality paid me a visit in the form of a quote:
This helped me choose working out and it’s still hard, but not as hard as it used to be. In fact, sometimes I enjoy it and actually crave it (not the pizza, still talking about working out). This is all thanks to a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way! At the end of the day, motivation is a mental game. Here’s 7 ways to stay motivated to work out:
Treat It Like an Appointment
If you don’t plan a work out into your day, chances are, it won’t happen. Make a plan, set a time and show up. Telling yourself, “I’ll see how I feel in the morning” turns into “Wow, my bed feels really comfy this morning”. Instead, make the decision as you prepare for the day. If you’re meeting the girls for happy hour after work, sign up for the 6am spin class that day. Make it part of your schedule and it’ll become part of your routine.
Get It Out of The Way
Work out in the morning. Now now, I can hear most of you groaning. Not everyone is a morning person, so here’s the disclaimer. If you know that you can consistently get yourself to the gym in the evenings then by all means stick with that. Personally, I know that most days, going to the gym after work is the last thing I want to do. Now in all honesty, even as a morning person even I can’t wake up early enough so I do occasionally succumb to an evening work out. It is all relative to what’s going on with my schedule and where I can plan to fit it in…cough cough see what I did there? (referencing tip #1).
Use the Buddy System
Forget what Drake said about no new friends. Fitness friends are gold. They make exercise fun and less intimidating. Plus, it’s harder to skip a work out if you know someone is waiting on you. So invite your friends to join your journey to fit. A good friend can also hold you accountable. Text them when you don’t want to go to the gym and have them text you to make sure you went to the gym! Accountability is key. Try logging your completed work outs on a calendar or check in through Snapchat! Have some fun with it. What’s better than sending sweaty proof to all your followers only to have it disappear 3 seconds later?
Commit to Something
Sign up for a half marathon. Take the 21 day hot yoga challenge. Join a gym. Attend free community classes. Each of us are motivated by different factors. Paying for a pass can be an incentive to never miss a work out, many might go for the social aspect, others feed off the competitiveness of a challenge, while some of us need the guidance of a program. Whatever it is that fuels your fire, use it to your advantage.
Treat Yo Self
There’s nothing like a new pair of shoes or a beautiful lululemon outfit to kick start your fitness motivation. How else will everyone see how amazing you look in your new gear unless you go to the gym? It’s a win-win. Another concept I strongly believe in is rewarding yourself…duh! Promise yourself a prize for sticking with it. This can be as simple as a few extra episodes of House of Cards or as grand as a Triangl swimsuit after the completion of a 12 week program. (Triangl swimsuit here I come!)
Update Your Playlist
An easy way to spark some motivation is new music! I am constantly updating my playlists with good finds. Spotify is the best for finding fitness playlists or easily creating and editing your own! Here’s a few of my current favorites: TGIF, My Current Run List, Cardio Tracks.
Warm Up & Stretch It Out
Blah…so boring I know, but trust me on this. Warming up can make all the difference when it comes to how good you’ll feel during your workout, which translates into how effective your workout will be. The cool down is just as important. Taking the time to stretch will help prevent soreness, because who really wants to be able to barely sit down on the toilet? Avoiding injury and soreness will keep you motivated to continue exercising!
There you have it! A few easy ways to stay motivated when working towards your fitness goals. Just remember…if you are persistent you will get it, if you are consistent you will keep it! I’d love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments below and be sure to share this post with your friends!