This week I want to focus on a topic that a fellow Instagram follower has asked me about – motivation. More so, how do I personally stay consistent with my health and fitness routine?
I don’t know one person who hasn’t had ups and downs with feeling motivated – including myself. Please don’t be so hard on yourself.
I enjoy when my readers open up to me and share your questions. In this post, I’m sharing a few tips that have helped me find the strength to keep going when I need a little boost. I hope these tips help you as much as they have helped me!
WEAR FITNESS CLOTHES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL CONFIDENT & COMFORTABLE, TOO.
Once upon a time, I wore baggy workout clothes until I realized I wasn’t really comfortable in them. Let me tell you, high-waisted leggings that keep everything in its place is a total game changer.
LAY OUT YOUR GEAR.
Not working out first thing in the morning? Pack your gym bag the night before. On my gym days, I wear my workout gear to the gym and then shower and change after my fitness class. Then I can go about my day without worrying about rushing home to change. Not a gym goer? That’s totally fine! Setting aside your clothes for a home workout is a good reminder to complete your exercise before/after work.
PLAN YOUR ENTIRE WORKOUT IN ADVANCE
Don’t show up without a plan. Unless you are attending a workout class, always come prepared. Look up ideas on Pinterest or Instagram for some inspiration-that’s where I grab a lot of my inspiration from. I always have a failsafe just in case my group fitness class is canceled last minute. I use the notepad on my phone for keeping my workouts so I always have a backup plan. Here’s a great post to help you kickstart your new fitness routine.
LISTEN TO A MOTIVATIONAL PODCAST
If you haven’t tried listening to podcasts – you haven’t lived. I was first introduced to podcasts by my husband. He got me hooked on Mind of The Warrior with Dr. Mike Simpson. Let me know what you think. I would love to hear your recommendations as well.
CREATE A PLAYLIST
Whether you feel like a total bad babe pumping iron to Beyonce or Five Finger Death Punch, create a few playlists to motivate you through your entire workout. I like listening to some podcasts while I run.
TELL OTHERS YOU ARE GOING TO WORKOUT
Accountability is key to success. Once your goals are known you are more than likely to stay consistent with your routine. I’m not saying to post a sweaty selfie everyday, but by letting your inner circle know what’s going on in your life can do wonders for your motivation. You yourself might inspire motivation.
LEAVE YOURSELF NOTES & PICTURES (JOURNALING)
Aside from daily journaling in general, write how you feel after after a workout. On my less motivating days, I like to read my journal and remind myself how strong I feel after my boxing classes.
READ A CHAPTER OF A SELF-HELP BOOK
This is for those who don’t care for podcasts. Try setting aside about 15-20 minutes of time to read a personal development book. You will have much to think about while you run that 5k. There are tons of great books out there. My most recent read (that wasn’t a school text-book) is Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book helped me overcome some personal obstacles.
Don’t reward yourself with food, per se. Instead, set yourself mini goals for completing your workouts. Maybe treat yourself to some new sporting gear. My husband and I love treating ourselves to new gear about once a month. Our latest reward was a weighted vest and new chains for our shoes to wear during our hikes in the mountains.
MAKE IT A ROUTINE
Self explanitory. Most people say it takes 21 days to build a habit. The truth is that the length of time really varies from person to person. You’ll find that some habits are easy to build while others require more effort. Don’t over complicate things. Just keep showing up for yourself.
Note: This is not a sponsored post. Opinions are my own, always.