7 tricks To Boost Your Fitness Motivation
if you stay consistent to a fitness program year round, there comes a time when your motivation dwindles. Of course, at the start of any new goal excitement is normally high and it’s easy to keep your head in the game. But if you workout just because you enjoy activity and you know fitness is good for you (for instance if you’re mama!), it may be tricky to keep your fitness motivation high.
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In the course of, LIFE, it’s easy to get distracted from the need to workout- especially if it’s not something you live and breathe. This is one of the biggest reasons I constantly stress finding an activity you love.
There is no one type of exercise that works for everyone. And finding some for of fitness you enjoy will keep you consistent- and it’s always better when you don’t drag yourself through things you hate!
For me, I adore working out. I love lifting really heavy weights and I train year round. Normally I have a strength goal I’m working towards but not always. And the truth is: sometimes I don’t want to workout. Gasp!
It’s true, even the best of the gym die-hards struggle with fitness motivation every once in a while. It’s especially difficult when you’re between specific goals and are simply staying active for fun. While some of us can push through regardless, most of us need a bit of help every so often when it comes to fitness motivation!
But like most things in life, consistency is key and thus staying motivated and dedicated to your workouts is crucial. So how do you do it? How do you beat the boredom and smash your workouts like a Rockstar?
By implementing some of the tricks below of course!
Switch Up Your Routine
As I mentioned above, I adore lifting but sometimes it’s nice to change it up. Actually, one of the things I look forward to most about vacation is rocking some different workouts!
Unless you’re a dedicated competitor, sometimes increasing your motivation is as simple as switching up your routine. Not just the exercises but the entire system. If you normally love heavy lifting, why not jump into circuits or interval training. Or, if you’re a long distance runner, why not run sprints for a few weeks?
Switching it up, trying something new and seeing how your body responds can bring back a lot of fresh excitement. Even if you don’t have a hard goal in mind, it can be fun- and regarding- to try a different style of activity.
Change Up Your Workout Time
Personally, I work out after breakfast in the morning (thankfully my schedule allows it) and I love it. Depending on your personal schedule, perhaps you can switch up your workout time.
A lot of people leave their workouts until the end of the day, post work. Which makes sense. But what about trying a morning workout? Perhaps a shorter one than normal if time is an issue.
It may take some getting used to get up early, but it can be really energizing to get up, rock a workout and be done/feel accomplished for the day!
Not only does this change up your workout a bit but you may notice your energy levels change to accommodate the switch. Tabatas are an awesome way to keep workouts quick and still effective when working out first thing in the morning.
But truthfully, there are some really fun and effective 10-15 minute workouts that are ideal for mornings! Not only are they fast but they’ll definitely get the blood pumping for the rest of the day.
Make A New Playlist- multiple ones
Don’t just listen to the same old workout songs- switch it up! Putting some genuine effort into a new play list can be really effective when it comes to gym motivation. And don’t just make one, make a couple that you can cycle through to keep you uplifted and inspired.
I have a super upbeat playlist specifically for runs because it literally keeps me going. The same playlist cannot be used for lifting. For me, I need a bit harder music when it comes to heavy lifts- find out what works for you and tap into that. Music can be super powerful!
Buy New Workout Clothes
This is perhaps vain- but it works! Sometimes all you need to boost your gym motivation is to feel super awesome in some new gear (here’s some fun gifts for workout junkies like ourselves!). A great pair of workout pants, new shoes, etc might just be what you need to get excited to break them in!
Personally, I get all excited whenever I buy new workout pants. It’s super silly but it’s really fun to play in new tights.
Find A Workout Buddy
Everyone is different when it comes to working out but having a buddy can really help! Not only will you have someone to hold you accountable when it comes to staying consistent, but the social time can be fun too! Having someone to meet up with, sweat with and chat with can be a great tool in keeping you motivated.
I personally prefer to workout alone but once a week I get together with a girl friend for a quick workout. We chat, bitch, sweat and have a great time. Not only do I get in a workout, but I also get to hang out with my girlfriend for a bit of self care.
Take A Class
Okay, so you may not naturally be a “class person”. But you can’t deny that there is something motivating about group fitness classes! It could be the uplifting, loud music or the mob mentality but joining a fitness class can definitely be something to look forward too- and keep you hooked coming back!
I personally don’t like teaching fitness classes as I’m just not that upbeat kind of trainer. But I adore going to them! I like the feel of being with like minded people and getting all pumped up.
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To stay fit and active year round isn’t always easy. Even the best of us fitness junkies get lazy when it comes to workouts. So, finding some fitness motivation that works FOR YOU is crucial. Even if you don’t have immediate goals, staying consistent is key to staying healthy and working out is a great stress release. So, find an activity you love, stay one step ahead of your motivation and go rock it!
Stay fit mamas xx