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.
- Join a gym/get a personal trainer
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.
- Find a buddy
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!
- Getting into the right apparel
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.
- Setting & reviewing goals
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?