Do you have a gym membership but never end up making it there? Did you set New Year’s fitness resolutions but forgot about them after a few months? Sometimes starting is the hardest part when the last thing you want to do is workout. But once you find a routine of what works for you, exercising will become a habit and part of your life! You might even look forward to it and enjoy it because of how great you will feel afterwards! Here’s 5 things that will help change your perspective on working out:
Know Your Why
Knowing your why is the first step to building your fitness goals! It will keep you focused on days when your heart is not in it. Think about why you signed up for that gym membership or why you want to start eating healthier. If you don’t know why yet, take a step back and think about what you really want to achieve. Once you know your why, write it down where you can see it everyday to remind yourself!
Set short term and long term goals of what you want to achieve! If you are hitting your short term goals, it will drive you to keep going to hit your long term goals. Treat each milestone as a victory!
Get specific! Goals like wanting to get healthier, gaining muscle, and losing weight are vague. It’s easier to be motivated to hit specific goals.
If you want to gain muscle- well why? Is it because you want to be able to do 50 pushups? Do you want to have defined biceps and quads?
Instead of I want to eat healthy- Do you want to have wine only twice a week? Or not eat food with added sugar at all?
In my experience, setting goals that are less appearance based and more related to performance have been way more motivating. Set goals that focus less on your weight, size, and appearance and more about how you feel. I have had an eating disorder in the past and became obsessed with weighing myself and being a certain size. Guess what? I was never skinny enough! Instead of scrutinizing myself and becoming obsessed with a number, now I am focused on how many push ups I can do, how much energy I have, and how I feel in my clothes.
Schedule and Plan Your Workouts
Planning and literally writing down what workout you are going to do and when you are going to do them helps so much. It’s almost like being on autopilot. When you don’t know what workout you’re going to do or go based on how you’re feeling, you’re much less likely to get a good workout in. Figuring out what you’re going to do for your workout cuts into your gym time and you are more likely to have a random type of workout instead of specific exercises to help you get to your goal. While I’m not saying you shouldn’t listen to your body, having a set plan and schedule will take out a lot of the thinking when it’s actually time to workout. Use this free template I created for writing down your workouts and tracking your progress!
Set Out Your Workout Clothes the Day Before
Having your workout clothes out and ready to go will cut out time and get you out the door sooner! The last thing you want to be doing in the morning is looking for your other shoe or getting distracted. If it’s the first thing you see when you wake up it’s much easier to be on your mind and get in the habit of doing.
Workout First Thing in the Morning
The likelihood of something coming up at 7AM is way less than later on in the afternoon. Things happen and your day can get busy, so if you get your workout done before anything else happens you will feel accomplished and energized for the day. It is easier to be drained later on in the day depending on what happens in the day.
Waking up earlier in the morning to workout can be difficult. Set an alarm and don’t put it on snooze! Put a sticky note on the mirror reminding yourself WHY you are getting up early and what your goals are.
Switch up Your Exercise Routine
If you’ve been doing the same workout routine for months and it just doesn’t excite you, try a workout class or video. Having an instructor motivate you and keep you going while telling you exactly what to do can be great for learning new routine! There are many different apps that give workout plans like the Sweat app which you can find here. Also grabbing a workout buddy and meeting up for a run somewhere can be a great change of scenary. If you say you’re meeting up at a certain time for a specific workout, you’ll be able to hold eachother accountable. Check in on eachother every day and see if how your workouts are going. If you need someone, I’d love to be your accountability partner!
Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
Fitness is about you and only you! It is about being the best version of yourself and creating a lifestyle. Learn what works for you and what keeps you motivated!