You know the benefits of working out, maintaining an active lifestyle, and building strength. But oh sista’ I get it – you’re bone tired, your job is sucking the life out of you, you’re pregnant (or just had a baby), you’re juggling too much, or you’d rather just relax on the couch.
Finding motivation to workout is often times the hardest hump to conquer. Your mind can sneakily trick you in to saying, “NOOOO” when your body is fully capable. Here are some ways to shrug that devil off your shoulder and victoriously find motivation to get moving.
Do something you love
Find a sport, fitness routine, or extracurricular activity you enjoy doing. Working out doesn’t have to mean you are a slave to the treadmill or dying doing HIIT. Dance, go on a hike, play your favorite sport, workout at the park, take the pooch for a run, or heck, go mall walking (shopping and fitness = winning!). All two beach vacations my husband and I have been on (so many, I almost lost count), we’ve packed our frisbee and threw for hours in the sand. After indulging, nothing feels better than getting our heart rates up and doing something we love.
Create a motivational playlist
This is clutch for me. I need music in my life, especially when I’m trying to bust through a hard workout. Great tunes always distract me from thinking about how tired I am. And when I can’t seem to peel myself off the couch, a song with a great beat automatically puts a little pep in my step. Even if it is Spice Girls.
Eat a healthy diet
This is kind of a no brainer, as fitness and diet go hand-in-hand. But really, if you’re eating junk, you’ll feel like junk. Junk doesn’t run or lift or lunge very well. So eat clean and train dirty. *insert fist pump
Schedule your workouts
Make a schedule and stick to it. Once you get into a groove, it becomes easier to make working out part of your everyday life. Write it on the calendar, set a reminder on your phone, do what you gotta do to make it not only a habit, but a way of life.
Get up early
I know, I know. You’re all, “I’m not getting up at 6am to workout”, but hear me out. Getting up a tad earlier to bust out a workout TRULY sets the mood for the rest of your day. When I sneak out of the house before the rest of my house awake and go running or pop in a workout dvd, I feel totally energized to kick the rest of my day’s butt.
Call a friend
Nothing helps you stay accountable than doing a fitness regiment with a partner. It’s really a sneaky gal way of saying, “I like your company, but I’m really using you to help me”. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind even if they knew…
Little by little
New to working out? Start slowly and work your way up. Try some low-impact workouts like yoga or barre. Grab some light weights and build strength with isolation workouts. Start walking daily and increase the pace as your endurance improves.
Another great way I get motivated is to give myself a hall pass, sort of. When I’m not feeling like working out, I tell myself to run just 10 minutes. After that 10 minutes I’m usually good to go another 10, and so on. By giving yourself the ok to “just do 5/10/15”, you get through the hardest hump and more likely than not, you’ll feel a push to do a few more reps, more steps or more circuits.
Dress like a diva
Sporting a new pair of funky leggings or a top fits in all the right places gives that extra boost of confidence (i.e. channeling you inner John Travolta while humming the theme song to Saturday Night Fever). Sometimes looking cute, wearing fun attire, or showing off your new kicks can motivate you to get out and
strut squat your stuff.
Hydrate and watch the booze
You will never want to workout with a headache from dehydration or worse yet, a hangover. So drink water LIKE IT’S YOUR JOB and don’t overindulge. The next day is never worth it (said my 30-year old self to my 21-year old self).
Geek out with technology
There are so many crazy watches, gadgets, heart rate monitors, daily-track-your-every-breath gadgets out there. It’s kinda cool to see your daily calorie burn or how many steps you’ve taken. Many times, these cool gadgets will motivate you to reach a goal.
What other ways motivate you to get moving?