One of my friends—she just happens to be my fittest friend—recently asked me for some workout motivation. She started a new job, so her workout routine changed from a group/class setting to working out mostly on her own. She’s usually the one who motivates ME, but I know how it goes. Life changes. Priorities change (i.e. babies). Hell, sometimes you just lose your fitness spark. I absolutely love exercise, and I've found myself there a number of times over the years, so I totally get it. I gave her these three pieces of advice below, which always help me get my workout mojo back. I hope they help you guys, too!
Just do it
When it comes to fitness, those Nike people know what it’s alllllll about. Haha! But, seriously, when you’re just not feeling it, don’t think about the reasons why you can’t or don’t want to exercise. Too tired? Not enough time? Long commute? Errands? The house is a mess? If you let your brain wander to all of those cants and donts, you’ll never work out. Instead of talking yourself out of it, JUST DO IT. Don’t think about anything else, except for getting your butt in gear! Related: Remind yourself that this might be the ONLY time you can work out today. Now or never, baby! When I'm dillydallying about a workout, this thought always forces me into motion!
Put on your workout clothes
Getting dressed is sometimes half the battle, so I make it a priority. My jobs allow me some flexibility in my exercise schedule as well as my attire (I'm almost always wearing workout clothes), but my friend has a much more rigid schedule, so I suggested a couple of ways to make this work: (1) Wearing her workout clothes to bed or at least some of them (I mean, it's fairly comfortable to sleep in leggings and an athletic top, but sleeping in a sports bra... uh, no thanks), so she's ready to go for her early-morning workout. No excuses! (2) Wearing her clothes home from work, so she's motivated to drive right to the gym. I feel like once you're wearing your workout clothes, it's hard to back out. I mean, you made the effort to put them on, so you might as well put them to good use!
Find a workout that makes you excited
Recently, I started working out at a local gym on my own. Its location is convenient, so it's easy for me to pop in for a quick workout. Having a workout picked out and ready to go, makes me excited to try it out. My friend and I share new workouts with one another all the time to keep us motivated since we're often exercising on our own. Some favorite places to find workouts:
- On Carrots 'N' Cake: Any workout that I've posted on CNC is one that I enjoyed doing, so I often go back through old posts to get workout inspiration!
- Pinterest: Carrots 'N' Cake has a ton of workout boards, including Nap Time Workouts, Travel/No-Equipment Workouts, Stroller Workouts, Treadmill Workouts, and, of course, plenty of CrossFit-Inspired Workouts
- Orangetheory on Reddit <--- you can find full workouts here
- South Shore CrossFit, CrossFit New England, CrossFit Linchpin (on Instagram)
Question of the Day
For those of you who work out on your own, how do you keep yourself motivated?
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