With summer around the corner, do you know how to get motivated to exercise and stay motivated?
Are you still on track with your New Year’s Resolutions to get healthy and fit?
But as spring rolls around and the newness wears off on your resolutions, you might start losing your motivation to hit the gym?
Hey, it happens to the best of us.
But now is the time to take back control and refresh those resolutions so that you can be successful in your fitness journey.
Here are my tips to stay motivated from New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve – and every day in between!
How To Get Motivated To Exercise
Strength in Numbers
After a long, exhausting day at the office, you may start thinking about skipping the gym – but if you have a workout partner that’s counting on you, you’re more likely to stay committed.
Accountability is everything when you’re trying to stick to positive, healthy changes in your life. If you want to crush your goals, find a workout partner or trainer to hold you accountable, or consider joining a group fitness class.
As a bonus, social time is great for your mental health, and time flies when you’re having fun with your friends!
Spice Things Up
Variety is the spice of life, and this applies to your workouts as well. It’s hard to get excited about the same old boring routine – so break out of your rut! Incorporate different machines and movements, as well as real-life activities like hiking or tennis.
Not comfortable enough in the gym to step outside your comfort zone? Then a personal trainer is a great way to go. After all, the magic happens as soon as you step outside your comfort zone and try something new.
Be a Goal-Digger
It’s hard to crush your goals if you don’t set them in the first place. Write down both short- and long-term goals and look at them often. You may even want to write them on sticky notes that you post in different places around your house, so you’ll see constant little reminders to stay on track.
And don’t forget the best part of setting goals: Celebrating when you cross them off your list!
Make Fitness Fun
Exercise doesn’t have to feel like “exercise.” It’s ok to have fun while getting your sweat on. If exercising is enjoyable, you’ll look forward to your workouts and stay committed. Do you like rock-climbing? Then take your workout outside and into the fresh air for a tough but fun climbing session.
Maybe you love the calming energy that yoga gives you. In that case, make the mat your go-to exercise when you’re feeling burned out.
Remember Your Why
I saved the best (and probably the most important) for last. Remember why you started your fitness journey. Whatever got you moving will help keep you motivated.
So, whether you’re trying to lose weight, add muscle, or just get a better overall bill of health, your “why” is your secret weapon when you need a little extra boost of motivation. If you have that fire within, you will keep going. If not, find your reason.
Could it be for your health, to be a good example for your children and family, to be the hottest and most fun grandma out there or maybe you want to rock your bikini at the beach. All you need to do is find your “why”!
Now that you know how to get motivated to exercise, stop reading and start doing!
Choose one (or more!) of these tips and put it into action. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself at the end of the year looking back at all you’ve accomplished.