We are 12 days into the New Year now, and I'm guessing work/life is starting to balance out again. I always feel a little off-schedule the few days after the holiday, which is why getting back into a routine was key for me. Last week I shared 5 tips for a healthy lifestyle for 2018, and I will proudly say that staying active has been the least challenging part of my routine. It's not about checking the box and making sure I workout or go to the gym every day, it's about motivation, accountability, and achievement. So, how do I stay motivated? Here are a few tips that have worked for me.
This may sound simple (or ridiculous), but honestly it works. I personally have to pay for a gym/schedule a class/etc to get my butt out the door. If I have my own fitness routine at home, I will put it on the back burner. There is nothing motivating me at home, and I'm just thinking about everything else I should be doing. Plus there is something so energizing about a gym. Everyone is there for the same reasons; to be the best version of themselves.
This tip was mentioned last week, but it has helped me. I'm more motivated when my friend is going to the same class as me, or I tell the instructor I can't wait to try their next class. I am less likely to cancel if I've made a prior commitment to go. No guilt over here!
I know. You might be thinking, really? But it's true. One of my number one ways of staying motivated is having fitness apparel I feel confident in. Whether its a new piece I'm excited to wear, or finally finding the best leggings, feeling comfortable in activewear has given me more confidence and motivation to keep going.
Whether goals are determined by yourself or a trainer, it's important to remember where you started and to track to progress of how far you have come. Even in just the last 12 days, I've noticed change. I started with small goals that don't overwhelm me, that way when I do achieve them I feel motived to set more challenging goals the next time. It will also be fun to look back and see how much I have accomplished after 30, 60, 90 days. Baby steps people.
What are some ways you like to stay motivated with working out?