Since motivation (or lack thereof) is what most of us blame for not getting a good workout in, I thought I would share some helpful tips you can utilize to feel more motivated every day. But let me remind you, motivation will NOT always be there. That’s why you have to make a routine, stay disciplined and create healthy habits that will ultimately lead you to fitting in a good sweat sesh throughout the week.
1. CREATE AND WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS!
For someone who’s very visual, I personally love writing things down, making lists, and seeing what I have to do in front of me. When I create health and fitness goals that are ATTAINABLE and MEASURABLE, it really gives me that push I need to work hard and see my goals through. That’s one of the reasons why I included LONG-TERM, WEEKLY, and DAILY goal sheets in my GOOD // SWEAT At-Home training guide. Not only is it about including fitness goals like being able to do 15 push-ups in a row or working out 5x a week, it’s also important to focus on NUTRIENTS AS FUEL, drinking enough water each day and making a plan for your meals each week. If you can take just 15 minutes every Sunday before your week starts to come up with a handful of detailed goals that are both challenging, yet attainable, you are more likely to work harder towards reaching them. Bonus: make sure to put your list of goals in a place you look every day, i.e. the corner of your bathroom mirror, your fridge, nightstand so you can look at them each morning/night, etc. 🙂
2. CREATE DAILY HABITS
I know this is easier said than done, but if you start implementing a healthier routine, it can make all the difference when it comes to those days you just don’t have much motivation to power through. For example, I know for a fact I’m an AM workout gal and if I don’t get it done in the morning, it mostly likely won’t happen that day. Knowing this, right after I wake up I change into my training clothes immediately before going downstairs. Then, I’ll take my pre-workout to give me some energy while I plan for my workout (click here for the one I use). I typically program my own workouts, but if I’m feeling too lazy or blanking on what to do, I’ll grab a pre-programmed workout from my training guide. This essentially takes the thought out of it and saves me so much time.
If you’re not AM workout type of person, think about when you’ll have time to fit it in. That could be on your way home from work, in between meetings/classes, etc. If anything, you can count on a good sweat sesh to wake you up and give you more energy in the afternoons, so those of you who are studying or are in school, make exercise a priority! Even taking a walk outside for 15 minutes before or during your study hours can be a gamechanger for your mental health and ability to focus.
3. GRAB AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER
Find someone you know who can push you to stick to your goals. Your mom, siblings, friends, or even like-minded people you find on social media can be a game changer when it comes to motivation! If you find it hard showing up for yourself, your accountability partner is there to do just that– hold you accountable! A lot of people find this to be successful because it adds some extra pressure to work towards your goals, show up for your workouts, eat healthy, and honestly, just have someone there for moral support. If you’re lost at who to call or text, I’ve never seen a more positive and supportive community than those doing my 6-week challenge! There have even been a few in-person workouts across the country who met through this group, which is amazing and gives me so much inspo! If you’re not part of the group yet, head to the Resources page after you purchase my ebook and request to join the private FB group.
4. FIND OR CREATE A PUMP UP PLAYLIST
This is a given for me with my workouts! It can all depend on your mood, but I suggest having a few playlists you love that you can alternate between that will fire you up for a workout, a day of studying, cooking, while you’re working, etc. If it’s not music, maybe you’re into podcasts or audio books! Anything works and may help whatever you’re doing, that much more enjoyable. Click here for my workout playlists.
5. SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
This is probably the most important tip when it comes to finding and maintaining motivation. When you set yourself up for success, you’re making it a million times easier on yourself to work towards reaching your goals and staying consistent. I guess you could say that all the above tips count as setting yourself up for success, but to dive a little bit deeper, making sure your kitchen is stocked with healthy options for the week and junk-food/empty calorie foods have been tossed out, your house is de-cluttered (organized life, organized mind), your workout clothes are ready the night before, you’ve planned out what workouts you’re doing for the week, same goes for lunches/dinner ideas, you’ve created and filled out your goal sheets.. there are so many things you can do to help yourself be successful when it comes to motivation and living a healthier lifestyle! As long as you create healthy habits and learn how to be more disciplined, you will find it much easier to have motivation.