Sometimes taking the first step to making yourself feel motivated to workout is just plain hard. The list of excuses to not workout could go on and on. It’s way easier to hit snooze or order a pizza and watch your favorite show on Netflix than to muster up the desire to workout.
Now, it’s ok to show yourself grace. We all have those days when we truly need to rest, but if skipping workouts begins to steadily increase, your motivation will steadily decrease.
When the heightened I-just-put-working-out-on-my-New-Year’s-resolution determination wanes, it can be difficult to rekindle the fire. Motivation to workout must begin within you as a desire to work toward and accomplish a personal goal. Then you must carry it through with action- even when the feelings are absent. You must take the first step even when you’re not feeling excited about it, which is probably the hardest part, but the reward in the long-run is worth it.
Let’s get motivated
· Write out goals: You may find that writing out your health and fitness goals keeps you moving forward. Try to make doable goals, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Create short-term and long-term goals and be specific with them.
· Remember why you started: Remember the benefits that come with living a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes it just takes a little pep talk and some reflection to remind yourself of where you started and where you’re headed. Keeping track of your goals and progress in a fitness journal can be helpful for this.
· Buy the cute athleisure: Look good, feel good, sweat good…right? Right!
· Set aside time: Block off a certain amount of time each week that’s specifically designated for working out. When you do this, it makes it easier to develop a habit of working out weekly and sticking to it.
· Grab a friend: You don’t have to sweat, or recover, alone! The benefit of having a friend workout with you pushes both of you further. Through accountability, encouragement and even a little friendly competition, you’ll both be inclined to stay more motivated.
· Honoring to God: Our physical training is by no means more important than our spiritual training, but scripture is clear about the importance of honoring God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and doing everything for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31).
· Studio classes: The beauty of being a part of the True40 family is the fun, challenging and encouraging atmosphere along with the community of women who workout alongside you. This increases overall motivation to attend classes and to be consistent.
· Fitness Band: There are multiple fitness bands/fitness trackers on the market that will help you keep track of your fitness progress and each one offers different features depending on what you specifically want. Some of their features include: heart rate monitoring, sleep statistics, step tracking, calorie counting, etc.