Everyone is guilty of starting something and not finishing it. Some people do it less than others but everyone does it. Some goals can make us feel overwhelmed, and a fitness routine is one of the most common overwhelming goals. We can plan out our fitness journey and get as prepared as possible but along the way, we trip up or skip a day. When we trip up, it’s hard to get back up. The only thing you need to remember is that you’re in control. You decide if you get back up or if you continue to fall behind until there is no getting back up. If you really want to stay on track, and you want to slay your goals, you need to stay motivated to work out.
We increase our odds of success when we have fun doing the work. Working out is no different. Humans are amazing and can do incredible things, we’re also capable of things, even when we think we can’t do it. Make your workout fun by adding music and letting the music guide you through your workout.
Not knowing where to begin is just fine, but if we’re taking our first step into fitness, it can seem impossible. We all know where we want to be when it’s all said and done but we don’t know how to get there. A coach or a mentor can help you in the early stages of your fitness. Having someone who has been in your shoes before and has had years of practice is a great way to figure things out. Even better, there are tons of bad ass trainers just waiting to help you find your footing so you can hit the ground sprinting.
We all need to plan out our journey in order to stay motivated to work out and not fail. Part of your plan should be your ultimate goal. Your ultimate goal can be as simple as getting back to your pre-baby body or to fit in those old jeans. But while you keep that goal in mind, remember, you won’t get there overnight. To help keep you motivated to work out, set milestone goals, smaller goals. Maybe set a goal to lose a few pounds a week or to increase your lifting capacity within a few weeks. These milestone goals will help you see results in many different ways and keep you motivated throughout the process.
YOU should celebrate YOU, and as often as possible. When you hit one of your milestone goals, celebrate. Have a nice dinner or enjoy a cupcake, beer, or even better, a day at the spa. No matter how you celebrate, the point is that you remember you’ve done it, you’ve made it to a milestone goal.
There is no need to go to a workout junkies anonymous but it is important to have a support system. A group of friends or some family members can be a great help as they cheer you on from the sidelines. Anyone who you have in your life who will support you along the way would be a better phone call than the pizza delivery guy. If you start feeling unmotivated or overwhelmed, call up a friend or family member and get back on track.
Everyone has an environment that works best for them. Some people prefer a fast-paced environment in the gym, while others like things quiet like in a yoga studio or at home. Find out what environment works best for you and then stick with it as much as possible. If you start to notice you’re not as motivated to work out as before, try a different environment.
Humans are mostly creatures of habit and there’s nothing wrong with healthy habits. Set a schedule and stick to it but also be realistic. Some days we have too much to do and then use that as an excuse for not working out. No one knows your routines better than you, so use that knowledge to schedule your workouts properly. For example, if on Tuesday nights, you can often be found watching reruns of Game of Thrones on HBO, schedule workouts for Tuesday nights instead. Daenerys Targaryen will be there when you get back.
Positivity should always, always, always be on your mind if you want to stay motivated to work out. Everyone will go through times when they lose the optimism of it all and they begin to feel undetermined. Use quotes that keep you positive or read an inspiring book. You can even watch something inspirational like a documentary or movie. Whatever it takes to keep you positive, do it.