Tuesday, January 12, 2016
5 Tips for Getting Motivated to Workout (when you really don't feel like it)
Who here struggles with finding the motivation to workout regularly? If this sounds like you, I can promise that YOU. ARE. NOT. ALONE!
I'm an online health and fitness coach and help people with this problem each and every day... shoot, even I sometimes struggle with motivation, which is why I wanted to share my TOP 5 TIPS for GETTING MOTIVATED to WORKOUT (when you really don't feel like it):
So here goes nothing! I'm just going to jump right into my TOP 5 TIPS:
1. HAVE A PLAN!
*Now when I say have a plan, I don't just mean plan to workout everyday. I mean actually have a very specific plan for WHAT workouts you will do on WHICH days of the week as well as know exactly WHEN you will schedule your daily workouts into your busy schedule each day and WHERE you will get them done at. You may think this is too detailed and not necessary, but I can promise you that if you have a calendar telling you exactly which workouts you will need to do each day and you make this workout a part of your daily routine, then you will be MUCH more likely to stick with it and stay motivated each day!
2. HAVE A GOAL TO WORK TOWARDS!
*Working out is something that many people start to do because they wish to reach a certain goal--whether it be a weight loss goal, a goal to get lean and tone up, lose the baby weight after giving birth... you name it! Everyone is unique and has their own personal goals, but being aware of these goals, writing it down and putting it on display somewhere where you will see it multiple times a day, is going to remind you of WHY you decided to workout regularly in the first time and will help keep you MOTIVATED to reach that goal! Make sure that your goals are S.M.A.R.T (Specific. Measureable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely.)
3. HAVE AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER!
*This is such a great way to stay motivated! Think about it... if we didn't have a boss holding us accountable to show up for work everyday, we would be much more likely to slack off and skip days when we don't feel like doing the work. The same goes for working out. You're going to have days where you just aren't feeling it, but having an accountability partner to check in with each day will keep you motivated... especially when they check in with you first and ask if you've gotten your workout in yet. As a coach, I have found that most people's success with their workout programs, depend on their daily participation in my online support
and accountability groups. Those who stay accountable are much more likely to see results and therefore even more motivated to stay consistent.
4. REWARD YOURSELF!
*We've already talked about setting goals to get motivated, but another great way to STAY motivated is to reward yourself for staying consistent with your daily workouts and hitting those goals! It doesn't have to be anything crazy... Sometimes I will simply tell myself that if I get my workout in today, I will allow myself to have a glass of wine with dinner. Or those cute workout pants that I saw at Victoria's Secret, are all mine if I hit that weight loss goal by the end of the month. The bigger the goal that you hit, the better the reward! This gives you that motivation to work even harder.
5. REMEMBER 'WHY' YOU STARTED:
* One of the first things I ask the ladies in my online support and accountability groups, is WHY did you decide to make this positive change in your life? WHY is working out and living a healthy lifestyle something that you want or need to do? And I'm not just talking about reiterating those goals... (ie: "because I want to lose 15 pounds"). That's great, but WHY do you want to lose 15 pounds? Do you want to stop feeling insecure when you're with your kids at the swimming pool this summer? Does diabetes run in your family and you want to prevent yourself from having to deal with health issues that you've watched other loved ones struggle with? Do you want to be a positive role model for your children and set them up for a healthy life from the start? This is the most motivating of them all when you truly find your 'WHY'. I can just about guarantee that whenever you aren't feeling motivated, THIS will give you that boost
I hope you've found these tips helpful!!! If you have any questions for me or want help getting started on a workout schedule or need to be held accountable, that's what I'm here for, so don't hesitate to shoot me a message or apply for one of my online health & fitness support and accountability groups that I run monthly.