Working out consistently can be just so hard for many people. I know it’s hard for me! How about for you? Today, I’m sharing with you 9 ways to stay motivated to work out. One of these or all of them together will usually do the trick for me! 😉 You’re welcome.
Growing up, I was always involved in some kind of extracurricular activity that required some form of exercise.
Although I wasn’t good at sports, I was a very active teenager. Whether I was on the dance team, aerobics or swimming, I was always participating in something.
When high school was over, I stopped exercising altogether and never went back to that much-needed workout routine. My body was also doing pretty good without it.
But then, the years start piling up and you realize that if you don’t start doing something, things will get ugly.
My energy started dropping, fat started accumulating in my body, and I just didn’t feel as good anymore.
Especially after I had 2 kids. This changes things quite a bit on our body, doesn’t it?
I tried to get back to that exercising mode in many different ways. Not all of them worked out. But you know which ones did?
That’s what I’m sharing today. Many of the ways that help me stay motivated to work out.
9 surefire ways to stay motivated to work out
Whenever I think about postponing my workout for the next day or even about giving up entirely, I try one (or more than one) of these strategies. They help me keep going! If you don’t relate to all of them, I’m sure you’ll relate to at least a couple!
They all appeal to different sides of my personality and goals, so I’m sure you’ll find something that will be really helpful to you in some way!
#1. Remind yourself of the benefits of working out
Working out is good for anybody’s health! If you have a health condition, then the type of workout that applies to you might be different than the type of workout that applies to your friend. But in general, it is good for everyone.
In my case, what I also find to be a huge benefit of working out is the amount of energy I feel when I’m done. When I leave the gym, I just feel like I can conquer the whole entire world! I feel like nothing can stop me.
I get home and do the dishes, the laundry, organize the home, and it doesn’t even feel like I’m striving too much to accomplish these tasks.
Working out consistently will also help me reduce/get rid of the unwanted fat in my body. And… I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty motivating to me.
When I’m in the beyond barre class and the coach says “think about that defined tummy for this summer, ladies”, it just gives me an extra boost of energy to finish that one sequence we’re working on.
#2. Eat and drink food and beverages that will help increase your energy in a healthy way
I know that whenever I eat a heavy greasy type of food, I just feel way too tired and have no energy for anything under the sun. So because I’ve been working out more consistently, I try to keep my food choices lighter and healthier so I have the energy I need to keep going.
There are also tons of drinks out there that can help you boost your energy, but a lot of them will just give you a rush and then it feels like you crash when you’re done. They just don’t make you feel good afterward.
Instead of going with something like this, what I found to really keep my energy up and my body hydrated was Amino Vital’s ACTION. It is an all natural drink mix that you can add to your water to keep your body hydrated and help you perform better by quickly delivering sustained energy to your muscles.
Unlike energy drinks, it provides your body with the purest form of energy found in amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of all proteins. Which means that you save your body a step in the digestion process, absorbing it more quickly than a heavy protein bar or shake.
When I simply add the ACTION formula to my water, I feel like my body can perform a lot better. I’m able to squat as many times as my gorgeous coach’s sequences require me to [She’s a female coach, just in case you’re wondering. 😉 No, I’m not calling another man other than my hubby, gorgeous]. And my mind is able to remain focused for a longer period of time.
#3. Work out with a group of people
When I tried getting back to the exercising mode, I tried walking with my kids in the stroller, I tried online video exercises… None of that worked well for me. I just felt like I was doing it all by myself with no one to share the journey with me.
When I found out YMCA had child watch available for members, I basically went crazy! I love the group exercise classes, like Zumba and Beyond Barre. Those are the two classes I go to all the time.
There are tons of other moms who drop off their kiddos at child watch and are also investing in their health and well being right there with me.
There’s something about knowing that those amazing women who I can relate to, are standing right by my side, working their tails off, that just keeps me coming back.
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#4. Get some new workout clothes or accessories
Can you please not judge me when I say this is one of my favorites? I don’t think all women are the same, but I think most of us love shopping.
Well, I sure do!
Do you wanna see me extremely excited to go to the gym? That’s when I have new leggings, active tees or a new sports bra. I will jump up and down with excitement to try them out.
Unlike my husband, I will wear all my new clothes at the first opportunity I have. I’m not the kinda girl who will keep her new clothes in the closet for more than a week. If this one doesn’t work for you, that’s ok. As I said, not all women are alike. But if it does, go for it (keeping your budget in mind, please).
#5. Allow your body to recover from a heavy workout
Whenever you participate in a heavy workout, just allow your body a little time to recover. For example, when I go to my Beyond Barre classes, those require a lot more endurance than my Zumba class. That’s why I alternate them with each other. One of them is cardio, while the other works on toning muscles.
Amino Vital’s Rapid Recovery drink mix also helps my muscles recover quicker. Even while I’m still working out.
It truly allows me to keep going by reducing any pain or soreness that I might be feeling.
#6. Determine a schedule/frequency
I feel like when you determine (even if just in your mind) the dates that you want to get something done, you’re a lot more likely to actually get it done than when you just want to, but never actually get to it.
Because I’m in a really busy season of life, with different appointments coming and going every week, I couldn’t determine the exact days of the week I want to work out.
So instead, I determined that I want to work out at least 3 times per week. It doesn’t matter which days. I just have to make it be 3.
Whether it is the frequency or exact date, planning something will help you prioritize your workout rather than the first extra thing that pops up for you to do.
#7. Try different workouts until you find something you enjoy
You have to commit to discovering what it is that excites you. Is it doing yoga outdoors? Is it climbing a rock? Is it dance, sports, hiking? When you find your passion, you begin enjoying your workout, you begin feeling the motivation to show up.
After I joined the Y, I tried a few different classes they offer and I found my favorite ones. If I had just gone to the one I hated, I could have easily given up. But I didn’t. I went until I found something I actually enjoyed doing.
As I said at the beginning of this post, walking or doing online video lessons didn’t really work out for me. So keep looking for something that will work for you, until you find it.
#8. Celebrate your progress/perseverance
Allow yourself to celebrate your progress or even just the fact that you’re persevering at something that is so hard for you to do. Get yourself something new, go on a special date with your husband.
You don’t even need to do something physically, but at least be mindful of your improvement and determination.
#9. Don’t demote yourself
As my wise friend, Angela Barnes, once said, please “don’t demote yourself”!
When life gets busy, it’s quite easy to drop the one thing that is being incredibly beneficial to yourself.
It’s easy to think that no one else can make a sacrifice, but you can. Please, don’t demote yourself. Value this time that you take to invest in your mind and body, value this time that you take to invest in your health and well being.
You matter, you’re important, you’re worthy of investing this time in yourself.
Staying motivated to work out now only depends on you
Friend, I truly hope that at least a few of these tips work for you and really keep you motivated. I have a hard time myself and I know tons of other people out there do.
This is exactly why I had to share this. Working out is good for your health and well being and you deserve to take care of yourself as much as you take care of your kiddos! At the end of the day, you need all the energy you can get to take care of them, don’t you?
I’d love to hear in the comments what you already do to stay motivated to work out or what you’re willing to try from this list of 9 things!