You might be reading this because you're struggling to stay with your fitness routine. GUESS WHAT? If staying healthy and being active was easy, everyone would do it and no one would complain.
After a long day at the office, de-stressing on the couch or maybe taking a decompressing bubble bath sounds much better than hitting the gym. Something I remind myself is keeping healthy and staying fit is as important as the other things in life.
If you're able to break down these mental walls we naturally build you will be able to stay fit. Finding the motivation is difficult, and you're not the only person with the struggle. Here's a look at how I motivate myself to workout.
1. Make it Enjoyable
What if you could exercise because it is fun? I used to run because I thought running would make me fit. However, I hate running! Don't run because other people do.
Find a group fitness class that incorporates high intensity interval training. My favorite is Title Boxing because it makes me feel strong and confident throughout the workout. Plus I get to get my daily frustrations out on the heavy bag!
2. Reward Yourself
Planning rewards for yourself when you accomplish one of your goals is so rewarding! It's also an amazing tool to keep you motivated and eager to workout. For example: If your goals is to workout 5 days a week, you can reward yourself with a new pair of shoes or some amazing workout clothes after 12 weeks of being consistent. An iced coffee is always a good short term post workout reward for me!
3. Track your Progress
I believe the most efficient way to track your progress is to take photos. Try to be in the same lighting, same outfit, same stance, and same time of day when comparing progress. Day to day our minds forget what our "before" bodies looked like. We don't notice the small changes but over time those small changes WILL become additive and result in measurable changes! It won't happen overnight, or in a week, maybe not even in a month. Be consistent for 3 months and your body will respond to all your hard work.
4. Find a Support System
When striving to change your lifestyle it's so important to surround yourself with like minded people. Join the social media community! I've been blown away with the amount of encouragement and support that has poured out from my now friends I've made from Instagram.
Make sure the people who live in your household on board too! You shouldn't have to do it alone. When you have external accountability you will reach your goals and have a much higher chance of never giving up!
5. Set A Goal & Crush It!
There’s nothing more motivating than achieving a goal you set for yourself. Make your goals attainable and give yourself sufficient time to reach it. I like to make long term and short term goals. For example. This month my goal is to complete 5 dead hang pull ups. How do you reach the goals you set for yourself? Practice & consistency! Here's now I plan to master 5 pull ups in case anyone wants to join me!
Step 1: Flex hangs- Once I can hold3 sets for 20 seconds, time to try step 2
Step 2: Negative Pull Ups- When I can complete a 30 second super slow negative pull up, it's time to move onto the next step.
Step 3: Pull ups- At first I might need a leg boost or to use a resistant band, but try one pull up. Rest for 1 min. Try again. When that becomes easy, lose the assistance and add another rep.