Are you searching for some ways to get your butt in gear and get to the gym?
Sometimes it can be really challenging even to get into the right mindset of wanting to be active. If you’re looking for 5 Tips To Boost Your Exercise Motivation, you’ve came to the right place.
Below I will go through the top five ways in detail to help you get moving.
1. Become an early bird.
It’s no lie that initially getting into the morning workout routine can be a struggle. However, getting it over and done with lets you focus on what still has to be accomplished throughout the rest of the day.
Let’s face it, life happens and sometimes your day unexpectedly changes; maybe it’s after school children activities that were forgotten, staying at work late, or going to see a friend that’s only driving through for the night. It’s easy for exercise to be pushed aside and put low on the priority pole. In contrast, if your workout is already done for the day, it doesn’t have to be prioritized. Your health and fitness goals get pushed to the top and are completed no matter what.
Some tips to help you get up in the AM: go to bed earlier and get that important shut eye, set two alarms, eliminate excuses, and ensure your workout gear is packed and ready to go. Most importantly, make it a habit.Struggle getting to the gym? Check out these 5 #Tips to Boost Your #Exercise #Motivation Click To Tweet
2. Find a workout buddy.
One of the best ways to get your butt in gear is knowing that someone is already waiting for you at the gym for a workout, or at the park for a walk. This can really hold you accountable in obtaining your overall fitness goals.
If you know someone that is like-minded like yourself and has similar goals, approach them about being your workout buddy. This will not only help you reach your goals, but also your friends (it’s a win-win situation).
Another super helpful option is downloading an app on your phone to be your version of a workout partner. There are many options out there, but a couple favorites are:
Fitocracy (free for iOS and Android): Is a fitness tracker that helps you set goals, push boundaries, and show others how well your doing. Each workout that is performed earns you points, badges, and levels. You can follow friends, provide encouragement, and have others cheer you on.
Runkeeper (free for iOS and Android): If your a runner, Runkeeper helps you track your runs using GPS, set goals, and monitor your progress. You can also follow your friends and provide motivation, along with seeing how you compare against each other every month. I have used this app while training for two half marathons, and have many clients which swear by at.
BodySpace (free for iOS and Android): Is geared towards weight lifters and is similar to both Fitocracy and Runkeeper. There is an online community where you can share photos, and obtain friends and followers to keep you on track with your overall goals and provide motivation.
3. Change your mindset.
You know that little person in our head that tells us they don’t want to do things? Yea, that annoying person that gives us every excuse in the book on why we don’t need to exercise. Ignore them, for real.
Changing your mindset can be one of the biggest strategies to increase your exercise and fitness motivation. Instead of giving yourself every reason not to work out, think of how amazing you felt after your last workout. Remind yourself that you will feel just as energized and euphoric after your workout is completed today. Remember, only you can decide what is most important to you, remind yourself of how you will feel and why you’re doing it.
4. Mix up your routine.
Is your exercise routine in a rut? Is it no longer as motivating as it once was? Try something new and different.
The world is our oyster when it comes to new and exciting fitness and exercise classes. From yoga to zumba to barre, there is always something new and exciting to try. Some studio’s such as NeuMovement or The Hot Box offer an introductory one-month unlimited pass where you pay a set fee and can try any of their different classes.
If you like going to the gym, hire a personal trainer to give you different individualized routine’s and exercises. Some facilities even have individual and group training sessions to mix it up such as Orangetheory Fitness.
If exercise classes and fitness centers are not your thing, try biking, hiking or swimming. For more variety and fun, join an indoor or outdoor soccer league, take up squash, or mix it up by going to the local indoor rock climbing wall.
There are tons of options to mix up your routine and get you out of a fitness rut.
5. Celebrate the small things.
Maybe you’re working out for 4 days a week instead of 3, adding 2 more minutes a day of cardio, you became more accountable, your feeling more energetic, or your pants feel a little looser, whatever it is, celebrate it.
Remember, it doesn’t need to be huge accomplishments in order to see success. Every fitness regime takes time to see any changes, and there will always be both big and small accomplishments.
Focus on why your being active and living a healthier lifestyle, and also how it is making you feel. Make sure to always pat yourself on the back for any changes despite the magnitude.
If your starting to feel in a slump, come back and look for another strategy you can try to boost your exercise motivation.
What do you use to keep you motivated? Are there any apps or tips you swear by?