Despite our best intentions and efforts to start the new year off right, sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated to workout and it fades quickly.
As we settle into our back-to-school schedules, work hours and running household errands, working out can easily slip down our list of priorities.
However, staying motivated to workout doesn’t need to be a challenge. Whether you’re new to regular exercise or trying to get back on track, there are many ways you can keep yourself motivated and moving forward. Here are some great tips to get you started.
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1. Set a goal
Setting a goal can help guide you when your motivation begins to fade. It’s important to start small and avoid setting unrealistic expectations for yourself! Small goals can include going for a 15-minute walk during your lunch break, or even finding a new gym.
Once you achieve a few smaller goals, you can set long-term, bigger goals, like a certain distance you want to run, or even classes.
The best way to achieve your goals is to make them realistic and achievable, this way they can continue to motivate you and won’t feel out of reach. Make sure you keep track of these goals. Not only will this keep you working hard, you can also look back and see how much progress you’ve made!
2. Make your workouts fun
Does the thought of working out at the gym in front of others make you cringe? Did you impulsively sign up for a boot camp and now regret it? Then don’t go. It sounds like bad advice, but hear us out!
You’d be surprised how many people think that exercise isn’t supposed to be fun. If it’s not fun, don’t keep doing it. Find workouts or sports you enjoy, then shake it up a bit so you don’t get bored. If you like going to the gym, then try joining a group class or two. You could also try joining a local sports team, which is a great way to make new friends. If you walk or run every day, change your route once a week.
3. Find some (fitness) partners in crime
When you work out with your friends, you can keep each other motivated. It’s easier to try new workout classes and routines together, so you can hold each other accountable (which doesn’t sound fun, but it’ll keep everyone on track to achieving their goals). It can also be an easier and healthier way to catch up and spend time together, especially as life can get hectic with work, kids, pets and other responsibilities.
If you’re not a “gym buddy” type of social butterfly, you can give online fitness forums and groups a go, so you can still get the support and encouragement you need.
4. Gear up in new activewear
How you dress can really help change your mindset. Donning your best pair of workout leggings or a workout top that makes you feel great can help keep you motivated. If you’ve just joined a gym or are getting back into your workout routine, you’re definitely in need of new activewear.
While you will definitely look chic in this new gear it should do more than just look good. Activewear should also allow your skin to breathe as you work up a sweat, while sports’ bras can provide support, and prevent pain and discomfort while you’re getting your heart pumping during your HIIT workout.
As you get fitter, compression wear could be another option to explore. It can enhance performance and help prevent injury, as it increases blood flow to your limbs and muscles.
Activewear is also durable, so you will get plenty of wear out of each piece. Plus, there are plenty of different colours, patterns and styles to choose from to suit your tastes.
5. Keep some basic gym gear at home
Even if you have a gym membership, keeping some basic gym gear at home, such as dumbbells, a skipping rope, a yoga/pilates mat, and even a free-standing boxing bag, is a great way to keep yourself motivated. With these basics, you can still fit a quick workout in at home when you’re not feeling motivated to leave the house and go to the gym or a class.
Plus, if you prefer to workout from home, a collection of basic gym equipment can be a visual reminder to get sweating. It’s also great for busy schedules. You can roll out a yoga mat or do a quick dumbbell workout, all from the comfort of your lounge room!
These tips are definitely a great way to get you started on your fitness journey. Keep it up and you’ll be a fitter and healthier you in no time!