The age-old question. How the heck do I motivate myself to get in a good workout? It’s one I get so frequently, I thought this #mybmonday required a well thought out blog post to answer that very question. So let’s do this!!
Let me start off first by saying that if you think you’re alone in this – you’re not. We’ve all been there. We’ve all sat in the parking lot of the gym thinking, “If I leave now, I can still get home in time to make dinner and watch a few episodes of my show.” We’ve all had those moments where we dread working out and exercise, and can I just say – it’s perfectly natural to feel that way.
So how do we get motivated?
#1. Start Small and Simple.
I think a lot of people think, “okay, if I do this…I have to workout for an hour and I have to break myself off so I make sure and burn a lot of calories.” NO! Neil Armstrong didn’t just decide to go to the moon one day and plant a flag. There was a LOT of prep work that went into it.
It’s like running for example. You’re not going to just run a marathon the day after you decide to pick up running. If you do, more power to you – but I really don’t recommend it. Instead, you’re going to begin by walking / running in intervals. 1 minute of walking and 1 minute of running. You pace yourself and you slowly increase the distance and decrease the walking, until you’re eventually running.
#2. Create A Goal for Yourself
Sign up for something that will motivate you to begin training. Maybe it’s a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon. Maybe you hate running, so you want to try for a triathlon. Or perhaps you like lifting weights and there’s a weightlifting competition. There are so many races and competitions that exist. Having a goal will help you to stay on track with your workouts.
It doesn’t even have to be a competition. If you want to get better at your pushups – you can take the 30-day pushup challenge – take your pick from my pinterest board!
#3. Workout With Someone!
Workouts are WAY more enjoyable when you’re doing them with other fun people.
Join a running group, go to a new class that you’ve never tried, and get motivated by other badass ladies who want to train with the same purpose you do!
#4. Make It Fun
If you hate running…switch things up. Try kickboxing, crossfit, or HIIT workouts that will give you the same burn, but with different and varied movements.
When you’re working out, it should be something you enjoy. It’s different for everyone, and it’s a trial and error process. That’s why I keep introducing new things on my Instagram feed – Hiking, Biking, Lifting Weights, etc.
#5. Whatever You Do – Do It for 30 Days.
Typically, if you stick with something, it will become a habit in 30 days.
You could say: “Self, we’re working out 3 days a week for the next 30 days for at least 20 mins.”
Give yourself a little grace, and don’t try to schedule those 3 days – because you’ll get frustrated if you miss. Instead, allow for a little flexibility and manage your expectations.
We truly are all in this together.