Workout Motivation is a mixed emotion of madness, message and making yourself available to you. It’s a concept that we find and embrace to carry us on to reach our goals.
For me, my workout motivation comes from many different things. It took a long time for me to get off my ass and WANT to work hard.
It’s been almost four years since my weightless journey started and in the beginning, it was tough to find the right motivation to keep me going. It started out with my boyfriend, at the time, telling me that he hated my stomach. It was an eye-opener and hard to hear, but he was right in the sense that I needed to get myself together and figure out what positive changes I needed to make.
We signed up for a fitness boot camp, and while that was overwhelming at first, it was just what I needed to get started. But I wasn’t motivated to get up and get going. It was difficult for me. My goals weren’t quite enough to keep me going. So, I tried different things that I hoped would boost my motivation and keep me focused on my goals.
Below are the top five motivation tips that REALLY worked and helped me reach my potential.
1. Listen to the people who matter to you
If there is someone in your life who is pointing out the obvious to you, it WILL hurt. But in hindsight, only you can be the judge of yourself and decide if what they have to say is the hard truth or if you’re just trying to ignore the problems in your life.
2. Wear your workout clothes to bed
When you get ready for bed at night, put on your favourite workout outfit. I did this for a long time and the only thing I had to do in the morning was put on my bra. It kept me ready to go, pumped up that I looked cute and I was already dressed when I woke up.
3. Write motivational messages on your mirror
Motivational messages are a constant reminder of why you’re working on your goals. I would write myself little notes on the mirror before bed, so it was one of the first things I saw in the morning when I went to the bathroom. You can buy mirror markers on Amazon or at Wal-Mart, and if you need help with coming up with motivational messages, you can check search Pinterest or Instagram for help.
4. Try new routines
If you stay with the same constant routine, it can get boring. That’s what I loved about the boot camp we did. Every day was a new routine, and it gave me the energy to branch out. I would workout on the beach, find trails to run, I joined intramural soccer at my college and worked out with a girl constantly who became my best friend. Try new things, explore, it will keep you focused and moving.
5. Have a reward system
Treat yourself. Have a cheat day. Make your own rules. Set a small goal first and once you achieve it, treat yourself. In the beginning, after I lost my first ten pounds, I bought myself a brand new pair of Nike tennis shoes. It was a reward, and I wanted to wear them all the time when I worked out, so it was motivating.
If you’re reading this, I encourage YOU to try one or all of these things if you can. They really helped me on my journey, and now four years later I have the drive and dedication to KEEP GOING. And if I have done it, I know you can do it too! You can read more on my journey here.