Need a little help to getting working out??
Do you ever have those days when you just can’t motivate yourself to workout, and it all seems like more of a challenge than it usually is? There’s a voice in the back of your head saying things like;
I’m too tired. I’m hungry. I just washed my hair. It’s raining. It’s getting dark outside. This list goes on!
Often building a consistent habit IS the hardest part of starting a new training routine, but once you’ve built a strong habit the benefits will show in no time.
Here are 5 strategies that will help make it easier to motivate yourself to workout even if you don't feel like it.
#1: HAVE A PLAN
It’s so important to know exactly what you’re going to be doing when you work out so that you’re not just wandering around like a lost zombie. Having your work out planned for you means you can focus on a great session. That is why committing to regular group classes like mine or having a personal trainer (like me!) create your programming for you.
You’ll be surprised by how much having a plan can keep you motivated to workout. It removes motivation-sapping uncertainty and ensures you actually see motivation-boosting results.
#2: MAKE IT SOCIAL
Research shows that habits spread through our social networks and it’s no different for working out. Have you tried working out with a friend or family member? Having a friend to exercise with means you’re more likely to show up AND stick to your habit.
If you’re a member of my group training make sure you make use of the private Facebook group to motivate and support you. The more you surround yourself with like minded people, the more you will be successful :)
#3: PLAY YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC
Listening to your favorite music is a great way of firing you up for your workout and why we play high energy music during our group classes.
Pick songs that make you feel incredible and motivate you to workout hard. Music has been proven to release endorphins and help you get those last few reps in without giving up.
#4: REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED
Take a moment to think back to when you decided to set a fitness goal for yourself. You probably felt super determined by the challenge and the adventure ahead. I bet you pictured what your life would look like once you reached your goal, right? The first steps you took towards that goal may have been quite simple, it’s the pushing through and carrying on that has become the new challenge.
Going back to the beginning helps you focus on why you started in the first place, so take a deep breath and find that reason.
#5: ESTABLISH A REWARD SYSTEM
Sometimes you need a reward for all the effort and hard work you’re putting in, and that’s no problem!
Think about what you could reward yourself with that will actively help you move closer towards achieving your goal. Maybe you have your eye on a pair of leggings or a new set of headphones. Whatever it is make sure you reward yourself (ideally not with food!) to help reinforce your motivation and excitement to workout.
If you need help with the first step to get those new training habits going, let me know I would love to help you. Just reply back to this email.
Here's to new creating and keeping those new training habits for life because your health and body deserve it.