To me, the toughest part of working out is just making it to the gym. Once I get there, I’m fine. People always ask me and Alex, how we workout consistently for long periods of time without “falling off”. We’ve written numerous posts about motivation and will power, but here are the top 5 things I say/do to motivate myself to workout.
1. I cuss
Yea, you read that right. Sometimes when I’m at my laziest of lazy and I know I need to go workout, I say a few bad words to myself. It usually goes something like this. “Hey, stop being a lazy b****.” Seriously, I’m usually a pretty motivated person but sometimes I am just being a lazy b****. So, after my little cuss-word filled pep talk, I get up off the couch and take myself to workout. If I’m feeling particularly lazy, I choose my favorite/easiest workout as a reward for getting up. Usually, once I get to the gym and get started with my easy day, I kick it up a notch.
2. Focus on getting dressed
The workout isn’t the hardest part, it’s making up your mind to go then getting dressed! If I can get my gym clothes on that’s 90% of the battle right there. Who gets ready to go to the gym, then sits back on the couch? Try it.
This REALLY works! You have to really want to meet your goals, though. You can’t wish to lose 10 lbs and half way work at it. You need to have a specific plan. Stop thinking you can never reach your goals. Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are ,<fill in the blank>. For me, the blank is <not just the skinny girl, the fit girl with muscles!> It’s not just about visualizing your fitness goals, but start following healthy living blogs (like the awesome one you’re on right now) and social media sites that motivate you and give you that extra push when you need it. I started following Paige Hathaway on instagram. Her body is AMAZING. Case and point…
Every time I think about cheating on my diet or skipping a workout, I take a look at her pic of the day then run myself over to the gym.
4. Focus on a feeling
Sometimes when tips 1-3 aren’t enough to get me up, I focus on how I feel after I’m done working out. I’ve said this time and time again in posts, on You Tube and even at our speaking engagements. I DON’T LIKE TO WORKOUT. Yea, I said it. I don’t like it . So instead of giving up, I decided to find something about it that I did like. My favorite thing is how I feel after a great workout. I feel super accomplished – like I’ve taken another step toward my goals. That’s what I focus on. Usually, if I’m being lazy on the couch it’s because I feel like crap. And you know what helps…a workout.
5. Ask yourself who you are
Are you a person that always says you’re going to do something and never follows through? Specifically in regards to fitness. Have you been trying to lose 10lbs for 10 years? Is that who you want to be? I didn’t think so. Think about what steps you need to take to change that. Whether it’s just eating better, stepping up your workouts, hiring a trainer or whatever.
Decide who you want to be, then get up and BECOME that person.
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