It's the New Year and you are supposed to be motivated, but how can you when you are still feeling the hangover from 2020? And I don't mean from too much alcohol. Last year we were all just trying to survive. Trying to stay focused and motivated from home is definitely a huge challenge.
Trying to get motivated for your workout is one of the biggest challenges I have found my clients struggle with. I get it, I do not want to workout somedays, but one thing I have learnt is that I always feel better after I have. The hardest part is just getting started, once you have you are well on your way to feeling those good endorphins.
Here are my top 10 tips for #fitnessmotivation
1. Set a workout schedule and stick to it
Commit to working out, put it in your phone, diary or stick a note on the fridge. This way it is part of your day and like everything else, you can check it off when you are done.
2. Find a workout that you enjoy
The chances are you are not going to cancel on a workout that you actually enjoy. If you love to dance, schedule in your dance cardio class. This way the time flies by and you don't even realize that you have been working out.
3. Girlfriend workout
Find a buddy to get sweaty with. This will keep you accountable, and you are more likely to push a little harder when you have friends joining you. Make your workouts the new happy hour. The more friends that join in the merrier.
4. Make a kick ass playlist
Music drives all of my workouts, I actually cant workout without music. I create cardio playlists (132-136 BPM) and a strength playlist (126- 130 BPM) We all have different taste in music, so chose tunes that you love and will get you rocking out!
5. Keep an exercise journal
Writing down what workout you did that day and how it makes you feel is a great tool to help motivate. When you actually see it written down, you can see if there are any exercises you avoiding or any muscle group you are over training.
6. Lay out your workout clothes the night before
A cute workout outfit always motivates me. I workout early, the less I have to think about in the morning the better. I literally roll out of bed and into my workout gear. So take 5 minutes before bed to lay out your outfit for the next day.
7. Take selfies
There are some useful purpose for selfie photo’s. Taking a picture of yourself in your bra and knickers when you first begin your program is a great way to track your progress. Every two weeks you can take another picture in the same position and see the change, this is a great way to stay motivated and learn to love and appreciate your body.
8. Set realistic goals
Setting realistic goals set you up for success. If you go hard straight out of the gate, you are most likely going to experience burn out or even worse injury, and then you are unable to workout and back to square one. Start week one with just 10-15 minutes five times a week and slowly build up your strength and stamina.
9. Stay inspired.
Follow fitness professionals that inspire and motivate you. There are so many out there, so make sure they are qualified and give correct form and technique tips.
10. Keep an exercise journal
Once you have reached the goal you set for yourself, give yourself a little treat, perhaps its a massage, a new workout outfit, or a piece of chocolate cake. Having something to work towards and looking forward to will always help motivate you.