How do you stay motivated to exercise?
I know there have been times that I just wasn’t motivated. I would come up with excuse after excuse and would give up ending my work outs. So, I have put a list together to help us stay motivated to work out.
1- WHY DID I START WORKING OUT?
I think back to why I started working out. I try to remember what my goal was when I started. Was it my weight, my clothes didn’t fit the way I wanted them to, or had I had a baby and needed to tone up. So, when I get up and think” oh I’m going to skip today or I just don’t feel like it today” I think back to why I started and how I don’t want to start over again.
2- COME UP WITH A CHALLENGE
When I make a challenge I tend to stick with it. I try to make sure they are not to big just little short challenges. If they are to long or big I give up, but if they are a few weeks I can stick to them.
3-TRACK YOUR WORKOUTS AND SUCCESS
I love to keep track of what I have done. I write down how long I did my wall sit or plank, how many lunges or squats I did. Then, the next week look at it and try to up it. I also like to track the days I work out. I mark my calendar with a specific color marker if I worked out so I know I stayed on track and know how many times I did not.
4- SAY “I CAN DO THIS!”
When I think I can’t do anymore I like to keep reminding myself “I can do this”. When I am really getting tired doing an exercise like running or sit ups I just keep repeating I can do this, I can do this, I can do this. Sorda like the little engine that could lol :). It is funny but it keeps me going.
5-THINK HOW FAR I HAVE COME
I like to think back or look at a picture of where I was when I started and how far I have come with my work outs. If I can see that I have more muscle or slimmed down then it keeps me motivated to do more.
6- HAVE A GOAL PICTURE
I love to have a picture of the goal I want to accomplish. I have a picture of myself from a few years ago when I was in great shape that I like to have close by to remind myself of my goal. Maybe I will make it my screen saver on my phone or put it in the bathroom on the mirror. Seeing the picture keeps me motivated to work hard.
7-GET A WORK OUT BUDDY
I like to have someone to work out with. Most of the time it is my husband but can be a friend also. If I have someone to work out with then I have more fun and it is more than just working out.
If I compete with a friend or hubby over who can do more of an exercise or run farther than it makes me push myself. Competing can be a great motivator. It can be friendly and fun at the same time.
9-GET AN APP
There are so many apps out there that can keep us motivated. I love apps that track my steps. Apps can even tell me when I need to step up my game and walk more or tell me I’m doing a great job. Any encouragement is a plus.
10-MOTIVATIONAL STICK IT NOTES
I don’t know about you but I love stick it notes. I also love positive sayings. When you put those together then you have a winning combination. I love to write Bible verses or positive things on stick it notes and post them around the house. Maybe one says “you can do it”, “play hard or go home”, “be happy”,”Just do it”,”Yes you can”,”never give up”,”Failure is not an option”,”God is with you”,”keep pushing”, “your awesome”, ok that is just a few lol :). I just love positive notes and how they make me feel.
I think we can all find ways to motivate ourselves to work out more or harder. Pick one or pick a few and get started.
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