I’m so excited to welcome my first guest blogger, Abbey from Small Town Soul! In honor of my August Fitness Challenge, Abbey has written a really helpful and motivating post for us! I hope you all enjoy her post as much as I have!
Thank you for sharing your motivating tips with us, Abbey!
6 Fitness Tips To Keep You Motivated
Starting a fitness plan is easy! You pick your workout plan, choose your days of the week, and maybe even do some meal planning. You are SO EXCITED, and you nail it the first week. Perfect workouts, perfect eating, life is good. Then, the second week comes, and you’re tired and sore. You know that a cookie for breakfast won’t kill you, so you go for it. But then, how bad could 4 more cookies be? And with that, you hit the proverbial wall.
The age old question beckons: “How do you stay motivated to work out?” It’s not easy. It’s a lot easier to plan than it is to stick with it. But today, I’m sharing with you 6 tips that will help you stay motivated to keep working out and eating right. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
1. You do you. If you hate running and would rather stab yourself in the eye, then don’t run! If you have always loved yoga and Pilates, do those! Pick what you love to do, and do it. If you pick something that you hate, the chances are even lower that you’ll stick with it. But if you choose something that you love, your passion for it will help keep you going even when you’re not feeling it.
2. Be held accountable. I don’t like working out with other people, but that’s just me. I had friends in college who would only work out if someone else was with them. But whether it’s a person or an app, find something or someone to keep you accountable. Maybe you can get a friend to text you every evening to see if you ran that day. Maybe you have a friend that will go to kickboxing class with you. Or maybe you just need an app that sends you a reminder every morning of what your workout is for that day. All of these are equally great because they’re keeping you on track! Find a person or an app, whichever one works for you, and start being held accountable for what you want to accomplish.
3. Set goals. I see it time and time again. People decide they want to get fit, so they just jump right in and start running, or lifting, or doing yoga. There’s something to be said for enthusiasm, but take a few minutes and set some goals. Why are you working out? If it’s to build muscle, decide how much you want to gain. If it’s to lose weight, figure out how much weight you want to lose. When you have a goal in mind, you are much more motivated to work towards that goal.
4. Make a plan. This goes right along with setting goals. Once you set your goals, figure out how you are going to meet those goals. If you want to lose 20 pounds, make a plan to run 3 times a week, or go to cycling class on Mondays, or whatever works for you! Figure out what you love, and apply it to your goals. Make a plan for how you will meet those goals, and stick to that plan even when you don’t feel like.
5. Take a deep breath. This can all get a little overwhelming and become a mild obsession. Believe me, I’ve been there. But stop for a minute and take a deep breath. Remember why you are doing this in the first place. Chances are, you’re working out to improve yourself in some way. But also remember that you are fantastic just the way you are, a wonderful creation! Stick your plan, motivate yourself, but don’t be too hard on yourself. 🙂
6. Celebrate little victories. Don’t wait until the end of your 6 or 8 or 10 week workout plan to celebrate. You’ll get burned out if you do. Celebrate little things! You were able to run an entire mile for the first time? Way to go! Treat yourself a little bit! You lost 3 pounds the first week? That’s awesome! Do a happy dance! When you reward yourself for little things, you are motivated to continue to work towards your big goals. Celebrate little victories along the way, and over time, those little victories will turn into big victories.
There will be times when you don’t feel like working out or eating right, and that’s okay. That literally happens to everyone, even those professional athletes that you look up to. But use these tips to motivate yourself along the way. Find what you love and find someone to keep you accountable. Set goals and make a plan to accomplish those goals. Celebrate your little victories and don’t be too hard on yourself when you don’t achieve them. Attack your fitness plan with a positive attitude and a smile on your face, and you’ll surely succeed! You can do it! 🙂
Abbey is a newlywed homemaker who blogs over at Small Town Soul. She has a passion for sharing her faith, her desire to live a healthy lifestyle, and her adventurous life with her readers. In her spare time, she plays guitar, runs a photography business, crafts, cooks, and runs. She has run multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, and two half marathons. To see more, follow her on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram, and Pinterest.