7 tips for getting (and staying) motivated to exercise
You know it’s time to get your A into G when the gym is texting you that they miss you. If you still haven’t hit the pavement yet this year, don’t worry you’re not alone. Below are my tried-and-tested tips for reigniting that lost motivation post-summer holidays.
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1. Put on your workout gear first thing
Obviously this one is dependent on your lifestyle but at least on the weekends this always works for me. As soon as you wake up put on your exercise gear (including sneakers) – it will set the tone for the day and you’ll also feel guilty not following through ;)
2. Write down how you feel post-workout
As cheesy as it is the saying is true – you never regret a workout. If you’re struggling to muster the energy to exercise, reflecting on how you’ve felt after previous workouts might help. After each workout write in a journal how you are feeling. For example: I didn’t want to go today but I pushed myself to do a 30-minute HIIT class and felt SO amazing afterwards. Super proud of myself.
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Post-workout high, the perfect way to end the year✌️ Nothing beats the way you feel after smashing out a workout, am I right? Today's strength session was an absolute killer 💦 Which was your favourite round? Comment below 💛
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3. Schedule a regular exercise slot
Some of the most committed exercisers habitually do it every day before the sun comes up or late at night when the kids are in bed. Sit down with your weekly schedule and block out a set time in your calendar each day to be good to your body. Make it routine!
4. New threads
Something that always puts a pep in my step is a pair of new sneakers or gym clothes. Is there anything more motivating than a fresh gym wardrobe - I’m talking leggings, sports bra, socks – the whole shebang?! I’m notorious for hanging onto my active wear welllll past its use-by-date but when I do finally get new gear I feel so much more confident and motivated.
It’s also imperative that it’s the right gear. Poorly fitted clothes or the wrong type of shoe could be holding you back. Thankfully, today there is literally a shoe for everything, including one of the biggest fitness trends right now: high intensity interval training (HIIT). Prior to now there’s been no sneakers specifically designed for the intensity of heart-pounding interval workouts. Enter the new Reebok HIIT TR – designed specifically to deliver the grip, durability and stability that HIIT requires. Reebok looked at what the HIIT community was wearing and noticed a significant trend of people wearing running shoes that couldn’t stand up to the intensity, which can increase the risk of injury as well as wear on the shoes.
5. Train with a buddy
If you need extra motivation, working out with a partner could be the solution. The accountability factor that comes with a training buddy will help you stick to your guns even when it’s the last thing you feel like doing as you won't want to let them down (or vice versa). Group workouts are also another option - multiple studies have found that if we work out in a group we are far more likely to stick to it than if we go it alone.
Training with a friend is a great way to make yourself accountable / Lorna Jane
6. Keep it interesting
By nature, humans need change and variety to stay motivated. Whether it’s a HIIT class with different releases each week or a different running route, make variety the foundation of your exercise routine. It’s also key to make sure you actually enjoy the exercise you’re doing! Don’t like running? Then running isn’t for you! Find your own unique jam.
7. Set a goal
Working towards a goal is an effective way to make sure you stick at something, especially if you tell everyone about it! You don’t need to commit to running a marathon, it could be as basic as improving your flexibility or endurance in HIIT class.
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2020’s here! Whats the plan? Last year was pretty awesome, I think this year could be better. ⚡️ Have a think about what you want to achieve this year so you can figure out your resources and make the most of your life! Three big fitness goals I would like achieve in 2020 are 1) run my first half 2) become a certified Pilates or yoga instructor - not to teach but just for some extra upskill. 3) Start teaching BODYBALANCE again - If I can tick off those three I’ll be stoked. What about you?
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How do you motivate yourself to exercise?