On January 1 each year, most people feel revitalized to get back into the gym. Â Their goals are fresh and motivation unstoppable. Â Then…later into January and onto the rest of the year, people start to slip up a little bit and pretty soon, they’re right where they were prior to the New Year’s resolutions. Â I see it all too many times at the gym I work at. Â The following are some tips that can keep you motivated year round!
1. Schedule your workout. Â Think of your workout as important as the meeting with your boss. Â Don’t let it be the first thing that goes wayside when your schedule gets busy… let it be the last. Â Make time for yourself everyday. Â If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of other people and you won’t do your job as well as if you felt healthier. Â Don’t negotiate this with yourself! Â Find something else to skip in your day if it’s too busy.
2. Â Think about your goal.Â For me, the most motivating factor in working out is to train for something. Â I choose runs and races. Â If I’m going to cross the finish line of these events, I can’t skip workouts. Â For someone else, it might be to lose weight. Â Think about yourself being closer to your goal with each workout and slowly chip away at your goal.
3. Tell yourself that you’ll never regret a workout. Â Working out can do so many amazing things to our entire body both physically, mentally and emotionally. Â Think about how much better you feel after a workout (even if it’s a tiny one). Â You never feel worse about yourself.
4. Get a workout buddy or join a group. Â People influence each other. Â It’s a matter of the type of people you surround yourself with that can make or break you. Â You can definitely have influences that tell you not to workout and constantly bring unhealthy food around you. Â It’s time to find someone that you can share a healthy lifestyle with. Â This makes eating healthy, working out and being healthÂ exponentially easier.
5. Focus on just one short-term goal. Â If exercise or your long-term goal is overwhelming to think about, break it down! Â Think about it one step at a time. Â Focus on just meeting that goal and then move to another one. Â I use this method frequently in running. Â In a marathon, thinking about running 26.2 miles is baffling, so I break it into 5k’s and then towards the end of the race, single miles. Â It’s easier to mentally accept these feats.
6. If you don’t want to workout, tell yourself that you only have to do it for 5 minutes.Â If you’re really struggling one day to get your workout in, tell yourself that you only have to do it for 5 minutes. Â If, at the end of 5 minutes, you still want to quit, then quit. Â Chances are, once you get going, you’ll be there longer than 5 minutes!
7. Â Fuel yourself correctly. Â If I eat greasy, unhealthy food, I don’t want to workout. Â I feel sluggish and weighed down and would rather go put on a baggy pair of sweat pants. Â Conversely, if I eat healthfully, I want to workout and make the best of my body. Â These two variables go hand in hand. Â The better you eat, the more your body wants to move!
8. Â Hydrate yourself. Â If you are quenching your thirst with soda, you aren’t going to feel good when you workout. Â The more hydrated you are, the better your body will perform when you place the demands of exercise on it. Â Try it for a day and feel the difference. Â If you don’t like plain water, add a Crystal Light Pure to it!
Once you make exercise a habit, you’ll actually start to crave it. Â We were meant to move; we were not built to be sedentary. Â Make a deal with yourself to move in some form 6 days a week for one month and I think you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Â Exercise is an instant mood-lifter, stress-reliever and anxiety-buster, among all the physical benefits!
How do you stay motivated to workout?