OK. It’s time to talk about motivation.
I’ll be 100% honest with you: staying motivated isn’t always easy. Even the best of us struggle with it. The key is to find what works specifically for you; we are all so different.
There are days I wake up sore, tired, or even just in a bad mood. But I can’t let that get to me. On those days you need to remind yourself why you are doing this. For me, it’s to better myself in all aspects. Find out what will get to pumped for your workout: music, fitness blogs, motivational quotes, blogs? What works for me: reading this and this daily, jam session prior to the gym, and following other fitness blogs on social media.
You see, you can come up with 100 excuses why not to workout, but keep going back to that one reason why you should. Your health and wellness is a priority.
Here’s just a few ways to stay motivated:
Have gym buddies.
I really can’t stress this enough. It can be hard to put yourself out there, but do it. It’s worth it. As you make friends, they help you stay accountable. Plus, working out with friends is always fun. I have met so many incredible and inspiring people at OTF that I can’t imagine life without them.
Plan your workouts.
I’m a big planner. Planning out my week helps me stay on track. I know at a specific time each day (I try to stay very consistent) that it’s OTF or lifting time. Put those times on your calendar, they are important meetings that cannot be canceled. It’s MY time.
Log your workouts.
Whether you have an Apple Watch, Garmin, Fitbit; you name it, log your workout. Seeing your data is a boost of confidence!
Share your workouts.
I don’t care how annoying people say this is. Sharing your workouts on social media will bring you tons and tons of positive feedback and encouragement. People are virtually cheering you on. Plus, people you don’t even realize are watching you and you are inspiring them. That has to feel good!
Always reward yourself.
If you hit a goal or a PR, treat yourself. Make sure you celebrate all your successes; these are milestones that you should be celebrating.
Q: How do you stay motivated?