"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."
~ Winston Churchill
~ Winston Churchill
So you're ready to start a workout routine. Or maybe you've been working out for a few months now, but feel like you're losing motivation. In my own experience, it's easy to think 'I just want to go home and relax'.... but it's those days you need maaajor motivation. Keep on reading for my tips that I've started implementing a year ago when I began my fitness journey - and still use today!
Have a focus then do your research - Think about your goals. Do you want to loose weight? Get toned? Finally be able to do push ups? Once you have a focus you can do more research on what exercises and habits will get you there. I use Bodybuilding.com every single day to get fresh ideas or research new workouts. You can search workouts by body part or name - so easy!
Invest in clothes - Investing in workout wear that you love will motivate you to get your butt moving. I've blogged about it so many times already but I can't stress it enough! There are plenty of places to find affordable active wear as well. I love me some Nike gear, but my bank account... not so much. (Forever 21 has lots of great options!)
Go with a friend (or 2) - I'm not always able to workout with my boyfriend - but when I do he pushes me to not only finish each rep, but to stay focused and positive. Having a workout buddy will help you both stay accountable to each other and celebrate every little victory.
Have a set workout schedule - And know your body. I'll be honest - I know I cannot get my butt up at 5am (or earlier!) for a workout so I don't even try. Instead, I hit the gym right after I'm off work. By that time, I'm excited to work up a sweat before winding down and making a healthy dinner. Of course, there are some days I may not be able to work out at the same time - and that's ok! It happens, just don't beat yourself up over it.
Use the right tools - And there are tons of them to help you in your journey. Believe it or not, I use Evernote to keep pictures and notes of different workouts I want to try. It's important to keep your body guessing so I'm always switching up my daily workout. When I'm not in the gym, I'm keeping track of my steps with the Garmin Vivofit watch. I religiously check that thing to make sure I get my 10,000 steps/day in which really helps since I have a desk job.
Keep a journal - Since I started my fitness journey, I have been keeping a journal because I forget too easily. Is there a good veggie for that?? I write down everything from my thoughts, when I reach a goal, new goals and even when I surpass my previous weight in training. It's a great way to keep track of everything as you go - and it'll be fun to look back on!
What motivates you?
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