Do You Have the Motivation to Exercise?
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight? Or maybe it wasn’t on January 1st that you decided it was time for a change… But rather when you were fed up and couldn’t take it anymore. Whenever you made that choice, somewhere along the way you may need help staying motivated. It’s a hard journey. But the good news is that you’re not alone. If nothing else, I’m here to help you. And if I can share anything from my fitness journey, it’s how to stay motivated when losing weight.
How to Stay Motivated to Workout
We are nearly four weeks into 2016. It seems like the countdown to the New Year was just a few days ago; yet, here we are on January 23 (we’re almost to February!). Whatever your choice for change was… whether you wanted to lose weight, eat better, go back to school, become closer to family, etc… it’s so easy to stray from the new goals and fall back into old habits after a few weeks.
Don’t let this be you.
You made these changes for a reason. You wanted change. There could be a few reasons why. Maybe you weren’t truly happy with some part of your life – or perhaps you were happy, but you knew how much this new goal could add to your life. And maybe you’re at a point now where you’re thinking to yourself how to stay motivated when losing weight. I’ve been there. Let me help! I know exactly how difficult it is to get motivated to run or get motivated to exercise… and that’s not even as hard as STAYING motivated to workout.
I want you to pause for a second; take your eyes of the screen; and think about the reasons you decided to start a workout program or to change your eating habits (or whatever your goal may be!)
Now that you have that fresh in your mind, I want you to think on what you have done in the last 23 days to reach that goal. From personal experience, I was gung-ho on my resolutions for the first week and a half of the new year. Every decision I made would help me achieve my goal. Then, I’d get tired. Tired of waking up early to hit the gym. Tired of exercising after a long day at work. Or I’d get hungry. Hungry for fast food. Hungry for candy. Thirsty for soda. And then, either slowly or all at once, I’d fall back.
Maybe you’ve had a similar experience. My New Year’s Resolutions on January 1st, 2015, included: to do whatever it took to love my body. And for the first time in my life, I reflected on the year on December 31st and realized that I never gave up on that goal. I want to help you do the same…no matter what time of the year it is! So, here are some of the ways I was able to motivate myself when I was tired, or hungry, or hurt, etc.
How To Stay Motivated to Exercise and Reach Your Fitness Goals:
1. Create a tangible, visible reminder of what you want.
My “sister from another mister,” Mi’esha (you may have seen her on my Instagram or mentioned in previous posts), created a Vision Board for her to use when she needed to remember how to stay motivated to work out. You create a board that displays images, words, etc. that represent your goal. Vision Boards help you visualize your goal and how to work towards it. Once completed, place it where you’ll see it often.
2. Take small strides.
While your overall goal may be a big life change, you need to break it down into smaller, reachable goals. This will help you learn how to get motivated to run (and stay motivated!). Running for 15 seconds at a time is way more doable than running a 5k!
One of my favorite quotes says, “You have to think about big things while doing small things… so that all the small things go in the right direction.”
3. Have a reward system.
I’m all about rewards. Did you go to the gym 3 days a week for 2 weeks? Were you able to cut down to one soda a day and kept up with it for a week? Did you go out of your comfort zone to try something new? REWARD YOURSELF! Get a pedicure. Take a nap. Buy something you want (but don’t necessarily need). So what if you’re bribing yourself? It works!! Just make sure your reward doesn’t derail any progress that you’ve made. For me… I love to reward myself with some new workout attire! It gives me an extra boost of motivation to exercise.
4. Don’t beat yourself up over bad days.
You’re going to have bumps in the road. You’re going to come across obstacles. But that’s reality. Do what you have to do. And always remember that NOBODY is perfect! When you get a flat tire, do you slash the other 3? No! Same concept applies to your goals. Just because you have a setback, don’t throw in the towel. You may have to put your goal on the side for a little bit to handle other things in your life. That’s ok. Life happens. Get back to it when you can.
Go out and DO WORK! I know it’s hard… but now that you know how to get motivated to exercise and how to stay motivated to workout, there’s no excuse! Try these fitness motivation tips!
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