First Fitness Post – How to Stay Motivated

Fitness has become a big part of my life and is something that I really enjoy to do. I’m excited to introduce fitness posts on my blog and share with you guys tips on fitness and workouts. I love going to the gym and working out. I typically go to the gym 5-6 times a week in the morning and it’s always such a great start to my day. Being at the gym gives me such positive energy and it helps clear my head.

It’s crazy to think that I was not this motivated a year ago. I was the person that always told myself that I wanted to workout everyday and join a gym, but I was never able to get enough motivation to turn that idea into a reality. And then one day, I just told myself, “You have to just do it.” So I signed up for the gym and got a personal trainer to introduce me to workouts. I learned a lot and it helped me get motivated to workout every morning. But in the beginning, it was not as easy it sounds. Sometimes I would have lazy days and wouldn’t feel like working out, which is normal and happens to pretty much everyone sometime or another. I still have those days every now and then. For this post, I wanted to share tips on how to stay motivated to work out.

1.Set Realistic Goals

It’s difficult to stay motivated if your goal is not realistic or attainable. Saying, “I want abs” or “I want to run a marathon” is a goal, but it’s easy to get discouraged when you are too far away from your end goal. It is important to create clear milestones that progress you towards your end goal. These milestones can be signing up for that ab class on Tuesday night or setting an alarm to wake up early on Saturday morning to go for a run for 45 minutes. These small achievements will help you stay motivated to achieve your goals.

2. Set a schedule

I’ve always been the type of person who loves to-do lists. I love crossing things off my list and feeling a sense of accomplishment. I like preparing my workouts ahead of time and knowing what to do when I get to the gym. I feel like it’s easy to skip out on a workout when it hasn’t been planned out. I personally like finding workout programs online, where they list out the daily workouts for me and I can track my progress.

3. Get a Workout Buddy

Finding a buddy to work out with helps you stay motivated to hit the gym. It’s fun when you find someone with the same passions as you. It’s easy to skip the gym when it’s just yourself, but it’s hard having to cancel on your friend. One of the reasons I joined my gym is because my boyfriend was a member. We always meet up with each other at the gym on weekday mornings before work. Even though we may not do the same workouts all the time, it definitely helps knowing you have buddy at the gym.

4. Never Give Up

Life happens. There will be days where we stuff our faces with cookies and skip the gym. (That has happened to me plenty of times haha!) But the important thing to remember is why we decided to be healthy and active in the first place. Remember your goals. Write them down. And just pick yourself back up the next day and do better. It takes 21 days to create a habit. Soon enough, the healthy and active choices you make will come natural. You have to just remember to never give up.

5. Have Fun!

If you are doing something that you don’t enjoy, you are not going to be motivated to do it. So it is important to have fun when you are exercising. If you hate running, don’t force yourself to run. If you are not a fan of yoga, don’t go to the yoga class. There are so many ways to work out and stay active so there is no point in doing something that you don’t like. If you don’t like working out alone, join a group fitness class. If you love the outdoors, go on a hike or run. Find something you enjoy and stick with it. But remember, don’t knock something until you try it. I never thought I would like using weights, but I love strength training. I’m not the biggest fan of cardio, so I vary it up so I am not doing the same type of cardio all the time. One day can be the treadmill, elliptical, stairmaster, etc. Remember there’s so many options so change it up and do what you like. That way, it will be so much easier to stay motivated.

With lots of love,

Dee

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