At the start of the new year so many women include “workout more” on their list of New Year’s Resolutions, but after a few weeks the motivation tends to fade and ultimately the exercising stops. Now of course this isn’t the case for everyone, but I’ve experienced this struggle and once you stop, it’s hard to start working out again. That’s why today I wanted to share my tips for staying motivated to workout even when I really don’t want to.
- Look Good, Perform Better. This may seem like a weird tip, but I believe in it 100%. Staying motivated to workout is all about having the right mindset and based on my past experience with running 5k’s and playing tennis for over 10 years, I can tell you that looking good is a motivator. Start by purchasing some cute workout clothes that you can’t wait to wear! Then plan out your outfit the night before you plan to workout. This way, when you wakeup (if you workout in the morning) you will see the outfit, remember how excited you were about it, and put it on so you can show it off while exercising. When I dress in cute exercise clothes I’m more in the work hard mindset and I end up having a more successful workout.
- Think of Working Out as Your “Me” Time. We all want to work out more, but then other things come up and we push working out aside. This is why so many people stop working out. After the newness of the resolution fades, we are more open to the idea of skipping one workout and then two…and well, you know what happens, we stop. To prevent this, think of the time you spend exercising as your “me” time and let nothing come in the way of it. You’re choosing to invest your time running, going to the gym, etc. in order to become a better you. Think of it as the one thing you’re doing for yourself in order to help you stay committed. Remember that this is about YOU, nobody else.
- Put it on Your Calendar. I cannot live without my planner. I always write everything down that I need to accomplish each day and as I accomplish those tasks, I check them off the list – it’s SO satisfying!! I’ve found that when I write down that I’m going to workout on a specific day and I don’t do it, I feel guilty. Having it written down holds me accountable, especially when I write it in pen!
- Switch Things Up. The same workout routine day after day gets pretty boring. At the beginning of the week once you have decided which days you’re going to work out, plan out different workouts for each day. Instead of going on a run five days a week, how about swap a couple of those out for a yoga or spin class?!
- Don’t Compare. Your fitness journey is YOURS! Don’t compare it to someone else’s. Everyone’s body is different and when you compare you may find yourself becoming discouraged. Some people become fit faster and some people take longer. That’s okay. As with so many other things in life, you will become successful by focusing on your goals, not by looking at someone else chase after their own.
Black, White & Gray Tonal Confetti Print Capri Yoga Pants | Gray Thermal Top, love this one | Black Puffy Vest | Gold Aviators | Nike Free Shoes, newer version | Gold Bar Necklace c/o | Black Sweat-Wicking Headband
Thanks for reading!