It happens to the best of us. We all lose motivation at one point or another. I know this past week was a tough one for me to stay motivated, the matter of fact, the last few weeks have been tough, dealing with one crazy thing (like a tornado) to another like, a kiddo with pneumonia. I could have let what happen completely derail me, and a couple of years ago I would have done exactly that, but I have learned a few tricks over the past years to help me push through and stay motivated and on track as much as possible no matter what obstacle is thrown my way and I shared those tips the other day LIVE on my Facebook page, but if you missed it or didn’t have a chance to catch the reply (and it true #hotmessmom fashion my video was sideways), I wanted to share here as well.
5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Workout
- Change your perspective. I know this may seem like a daunting task, but shifting your mindset is truly one of the most important things you can do. STOP using your busy life as an excuse (I did for far, far too long – the #momguilt was real) not to exercise, and start viewing exercise as a way to set a strong example for your family. Take inspiration from the world around you and view your opportunity to workout as a blessing, rather than a sacrifice.
- Set goals. When you set clear, realistic goals you will find that as you reach specific milestones in your health and journey that it will begin to create a ripple effect in all areas of your life. Committing to a specific program and following through while tracking your process, with NSV (non-scale victories – fitting into those favorite pair of skinny jeans that you had stashed in the back of your closet, or finding yourself with more energy, or passing up desert are all NSV’s) can be so rewarding.
- Schedule time to workout! The number 1 excuse I get from my clients and those who reach out, is that they don’t have time to workout and eat healthy….Seriously, let’s think about this for a minute. I want you to keep track just for one day how much time you spending surfing social media, watching TV, or hitting that snooze button to get an extra few minutes of sleep. A 30 minute workout is 2% of you day! I can promise you that you can carve out 30 minutes a day for YOU! You will have more energy to be efficient throughout the day. This is what I refer to as feeling like #supermom or dad 😉
- Have fun! Working out should not be a chore! Don’t workout because you hate your body, workout because you LOVE your body and want to live life to the fullest for you and your family. There are so many fun workouts that you can find, group fitness classes, or at home workouts. A variety will also keep your mind and body engaged and challenge you to reach new goals along the way.
- Last but not least, Support! This was the turning point for me. I tried to go it alone. I was never a “group” setting type of person, but I would start and do fine for a week or 2 and then lose interest or motivation. I had no one to keep me accountable. When I found a network of other mama’s who could relate to my situation, I found that we had the same goals and the same struggles. I found the missing piece, and for those who are part of an online support group like a challenge group or a some sort of fitness community, you are more likely to lose 3x the weight when going at it alone.
I hope you find these tips helpful in keeping you motivated in your own journey and as always I am here to help you each and every step of the way. My next online support group is starting soon, so if you need that extra push, 1:1 support, motivation and are ready to be part of an amazing community of like minded people then don’t wait and message me today!