A couple of years ago I was in a dark place. I joined the gym just to do something positive for myself. At the time, my goal was to actually gain weight and get my appetite back. Little did I know, working out would become my saving grace. I was going to the gym almost every day and I loved it. I got into such a habit of going that it wasn’t even a thought or a question, it was just part of my routine! Not only did I physically transform but mentally too. My mood improved, I had more energy and I was proud of myself! I was.feeling.good.
Since then, I’ve been in and out of the gym- training for and running a half marathon, not running at all, taking different workout classes, working out at home, etc. In the last couple of months, I haven’t had a consistent workout routine and I’ve missed it! Working out for me is less about the physical aspects and more about the mental clarity it helps provide. I enjoy being able to move my body and there is something so therapeutic about completing a good workout.
So what are my fitness goals now? If you saw my New Year’s Resolutions, you know I want to work out 3 times a week. I finally joined a new gym in my area and am really excited about it. I could definitely gain some weight/muscle and just tone up! Most of all, I am just looking forward to feeling good.
If you set fitness goals this year or need some inspiration, here are my tips for staying motivated:
When I joined the gym after college, paying for a membership was enough to make me want to go. I know that isn’t going to motivate everyone, at least not in the long run but it did help me. My mindset was: “If I’m going to pay for it, then I’m going to go.”
Now, I stay accountable by signing up for classes or going with someone. Side note: I used to be terrified of trying new workout classes. “What if it’s really hard and I make a fool of myself?” I thought. Well, here’s the good news… everyone else is worried about the same thing! Don’t feel self-conscious, because people are focusing on themselves. Now, I don’t mind being in the front row of a class, because I know no-one cares!
Another way of staying accountable is to tell someone else about your fitness goals. When I wanted to run a half marathon, I told my older sister because then I knew I HAD to do it. So put your goals out there! Tell a close friend or family member and lean on them for support.
Mix It Up
Another tip for staying motivated is to mix up your workouts. I mentioned that I like going to different classes because they’re fun. If you like to run, try tempo runs, or running at an incline. Or, try a brand new type of workout you’ve never done. My friend Kara swears by yoga and really makes me want to try hot yoga! You can also try barre, spinning or Orange Theory. The great thing about these classes is that the instructors are always mixing things up and you feel like you’re part of a community.
Follow a Schedule
I can’t tell you enough how important it is to schedule your life! Get a calendar and write down what days you’re going to work out and what you’re going to do. Then, cross off your workouts once you’re done. It seems silly, but if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. OK, that was harsh, lol. But seriously, planning can make all the difference.
With that said, don’t feel bad if you don’t complete everything you set out to. Things happen. We get sick, we get busy, we get stuck in a rut. Don’t give up because you missed a day or a week or a month. Keep trying and keep showing up!
Try an At-Home Workout
If you’re not a fan of the gym, try working out at home. I used to do the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred a lot. It’s great for beginners but still challenging. Last year, I did a couple weeks of Kayla Itsine’s famous Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program. I actually found the guide for free online and followed along with this girl’s videos. It’s great because it’s a 12-week program that you can follow and the transformations are really inspiring! Definitely one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done.
Get Cute Workout Clothes
I think we can all agree that getting new workout clothes is motivating. I don’t like to spend a lot on workout gear, well, I don’t like to spend a lot of anything but especially clothes that I am just going to sweat in. The C9 Champion brand at Target is so underrated! The sports bra and leggings I’m wearing are great quality and cost me less than $50! I also really like Zella brand.
Let me know if you enjoyed this fitness post. Are there any other fitness related things you’d like to see? What are your fitness goals this year?
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