So as the weather continues to drop, our motivation to workout and stay healthy tends to drop along with it. Below I’ve included 10 things that you can try out to reignite your motivation. Try out 1, 3, 5 or all 10 it’s totally up to you!
Disclaimer: These are tips that have worked for me! If they don’t work for you please don’t get discouraged!
Make a playlist that gets you going.
When you hear a song that boosts your mood and gets you in a head space to work hard, add that to your playlist. Your song choices here are totally up to you, but just make sure to pick songs that you can really jam out to. Personally, I’ve tried to workout to EDM type music and it never works for me. Instead, I end up skipping a majority of the songs and then lose focus of my workout. I’ll link the playlist that I’m enjoying here For me, I’ve noticed that I really enjoy songs with uplifting lyrics. It helps me get out of my own head and just escape for an hour. Find what works for you and then create a bomb playlist.
Buy a new piece of workout gear.
This one is open to any kind of interpretation. This could be a new piece of clothing, a new watch, a new water bottle, a new pair of shoes, a new yoga mat, etc. Make sure it is something that you brings you so much joy you are like a kid on Christmas. For me, I love love love new Lululemon clothes. When I buy a new sports bra or new tights, I can’t wait to put them on and go for a run. Make sure when buying a new piece of workout gear that you aren’t breaking the bank. Buy something that fits your budget. It could be something as simple as a new scrunchie!
Try out a new studio or workout.
Now again, this one may be harder to do if you are balling on a budget, but there are a lot of studios that offer $5 charity classes, or even free classes. Do your research and find what works for you. I’ve recently enrolled in a yoga studio that was offering a 30 days for $30 deal. Trying out a new studio or new kind of workout can really spark your motivation and make you fall in love with a whole new way to sweat.
Get a workout buddy.
This can work similar to an accountability buddy. Find someone you can go to workouts or the gym with. Make sure you pick someone that will help increase your motivation levels and don’t pick someone that you know will be easy to convince to take the day off. Having a workout buddy can also spark some competition, which can help to make you work even harder.
Read a motivational book.
So this tip isn’t strictly for exercise motivation, but any motivation. I’ve been on a self-help kick lately and I’ve been loving the way that I feel after reading those books. I recently read, “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero and it was SO good. I highly recommend picking it up. But anyway, reading a motivational book can really help you when you are in any kind of funk, including a fitness one. *there is an affiliate link attached to this image
Listen to a motivational podcast.
This ties in with the tip above, but podcasts are great for people who may not like listening to music, or just aren’t feeling their workout playlist at the moment. I love listening to a podcast when I go for a run, because it really takes my mind off of everything and I just focus on what the podcasters are talking about. There are a ton of different podcasts genres out there and if a motivational or health related one isn’t for you, that’s totally okay! I personally like to listen to My Favorite Murder or a cold case/investigative type of podcast. They keep me interested during my whole workout and allow me to take my mind off of having to fidget with a playlist.
Set a (realistic) fitness goal.
When setting and achieving a goal, you must make sure that it is something actually attainable, or if it is something slightly far reaching, make sure to give yourself a longer time period to achieve it. In a later post, I plan to talk about setting and achieving goals and some steps to take to really set goals that fire you up and challenge you. A previous fitness goal of mine was to run 6 miles straight without stopping. I was able to do 3 with no problem, so I wanted to double it. I reached my goal and felt like I could accomplish anything (well not really anything but I was definitely feeling good!). So set goals that will not only push you, but keep you excited and motivated.
Follow fitness accounts.
Now this tip can be slightly controversial. Sometimes following fitness accounts can lead you down a dark path of self-destruction, but be sure to take this tip with a grain of salt. For me, I like to follow fitness accounts that show clips of workouts that I can incorporate at the gym. I also follow accounts of women that inspire me and make me want to better myself. I do not suggest overwhelming your feed with fitness accounts because like I’ve said before comparison is the thief of happiness. Some accounts that I think are great are Whitney Simmons, Sarah’s Day, and Mary Ochsner (for any yogis out there). There is also an account on Instagram called fit_gallery_top and they always have clips of workouts that you can do.
Create a vision board.
Or get a stack of post-it notes and write little motivational one-liners on them and put them in places where you’ll see them everyday. You can create a vision board for more than just exercise goals, but all areas of your life. I currently have a vision board in my bedroom that encompasses a variety of elements that I want to make a reality in my future. It’s important to have this is an area where you will be reminded of your goals daily, which will help to hold yourself accountable to meet those goals.
Track your progress!!
It can sometimes take weeks to notice a difference in your body after working out, but it’s important to stick to it to reach your goals. It’s equally important to track your progress! Take a picture the first day that you plan to start a new workout regimen, and then continue taking pictures throughout the process. You will ultimately become your own source of motivation once you can visualize the changes your body is making!
I really hope that at least one of these tips helps you get and stay motivated to workout! If you utilize any of these tips, let me know! Or if you have any tips yourself, drop a comment. And remember if some of these don’t for you, don’t get discouraged!
“The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.”