I kind of, sort of, like to work out. That doesn’t sound convincing, as I write this. Let’s just say that I may not love every minute of actually working out, but I really love the way that I feel afterwards (mentally and physically). I’m usually good about working out, however, sometimes I lack interest. It happens to the best of us, right? 😉 I’m sure that I’m not alone so I thought that I’d share some of the ways that I stay motivated to workout.
6 Ways to Stay Motivated to Workout:
Follow people on social media who inspire you. Please, please, please take this tip with a grain of salt. We can easily get suckered into comparing ourselves to others, but that is not healthy and that is not what I’m getting at here. What I mean is that if I’m feeling lazy and I see that someone has just posted their kick butt workout then that inspires me to get moving. I recently found the gals from balancing.fit and they have definitely encouraged me more than once to workout.
Create or find an inspiration quote and remind yourself of it. This might sound cheesy, but it works for me. I’ve found a few quotes online that speak to me and I look at them every now and then to encourage me to keep going. This is my favorite quote right now:
“Be stronger than your excuses.” – Kayla Itsines
Workout with a friend. I’ve recently lost my workout buddy and I’m sad about it because I miss the company and the support system. It helps to have someone to workout with so that they can push you when you need it.
Buy a new workout outfit. I don’t know why this works, but I get super excited to work out when I wear something new. I recently bought this Zella tank and high waist crop leggings (pictured above) and I love them. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Zella line so I’m excited to finally try it. I adore the leggings. The high waist is key to keeping things sucked so they are flattering. They are also comfy which doesn’t hurt. I think that their line of tops are a little pricey but I also think it’s worth it (at least for me because I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it). I’ve mentioned these grey Nike sneakers before and I still love them. In fact, I love them so much that I just bought them in white. They are comfy and you can’t go wrong for a Nike sneaker that’s under $65. I think I just realized that the two primary factors for work out clothes are that they are comfy and cute.
Try a new workout. Let’s face it, working out can be boring so I try to do a variety of things to keep things interesting. Not that walking on a treadmill, for example, is ever interesting, but if I’ve not done it in a while then it’s more interesting than something else that I’ve done already in the same week. I like to do different things during the week and I like to switch up the workout routine entirely on a seasonal basis. Variety is the spice of life for workouts too.
Have a routine (and stick to it). You know how people do meal planning for the week? That’s what I’m talking about here, but for your workouts. I have to admit that meal planning has not worked for me, but I do find that planning a workout routine helps to keep me on track. It may go against my previous point about variety in your workouts, but motivation for me comes from doing it at the same time, every time, and also secretly knowing exactly when I’ll be done.
How do you stay motivated to work out?