Today I want to share a post from one of my favorite blogging buddies, Dia! Dia is a digital marketing specialist, lifestyle balance blogger, and a basketball, wine and zumba lover from San Antonio, Texas. She is seriously my go-to girl when I need blogging inspiration and advice. She’s one of those women who make you go, “How does she get it all done?!” I’m so excited to say she’s sharing her secrets on how she fits in workouts to her hectic schedule, even when she doesn’t feel motivated!
We’ve all heard about how important it is to get moving. All the tips out there about how to get fit, be healthy, prevent cancer, reduce your risk of obesity related disease and all the other reasons it’s important to eat healthy and exercise. But let’s be honest, while that should be enough to make you walk 10,000 steps a day and get a KALE sweatshirt it’s not always the case. For those of us that don’t wake up with the desire to run 5 miles before breakfast just cause we should, we tend to need more motivation and more inspiration. We need incentive. I know that a lot of you may be thinking. Living a longer life and not feeling constantly like crap from sitting for 8 hours straight and eating a diet heavy in red meat and processed carbs should be incentive enough. But sometimes you want something a little more tangible and that’s okay.
Here are 5 ways to make fitness a priority when you have no motivation.
1. Reward Jar
You know that cashmere sweater you’ve been dying to buy but just can’t justify spending $200? This is your perfect incentive to buy it. Every time you go to the gym out a dollar in the jar and after 200 workouts, it’s yours! Chances are you might be able to get it in a smaller size.
A while back on my blog I hosted a small challenge. If you are a lover of wine this might help you. It’s simple. You can’t have wine unless you’ve worked out that day. This doesn’t mean you can spend 15 minutes on the treadmill and then go down a bottle of wine. A full workout equals a glass of wine. The funny thing about this for me was a lot of nights I’d have an amazing workout but I wouldn’t have the desire to drink anymore. I wanted to hydrate.
3. Mix it up
When talking to my friends I discover the two biggest issues they have about working out is either the motivation to go or getting bored when they are there. Trying different types of classes is a great way to stay interested. I like to mix in a combo of strength training, zumba, piloxing and cardio.
4. Bet on it
If you are a competitive person this will work out great for you. Find a friend who also wants to get in the gym more or who might already be in a good habit and challenge each other to a competition. Whoever completes the most gym classes in a month wins and the loser has to pay your gym fee for a month.
5. Schedule it
I am a huge fan of planning and scheduling. The same way you would book a meeting or plan to hang out with a friend at a certain time, schedule your workouts the same way. Make a date in your calendar for fitness time and block that off. You keep appointments with others out of respect so wouldn’t you want to respect yourself and the appointments with you? Having a set schedule for things that are important to you is a great way to stay on track of your schedule. You are more likely to be productive if you to say, “From 1- 1:30 I will answer emails and then I will pay bill online from 1:30-2,” versus, “Today I want need to do some work.” The same goes for fitness, work on creating custom game plans for you time at the gym. For example, “Today after work I will go to the gym do 20 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training focused on legs.” Here is a great task crusher worksheet to help you plan the important goals of your workout or day.
Fitness should be an important part of everyone’s life. While it is easy to lose motivation, the benefits are well worth the work. What are some things you to stay motivated at the gym? Tell me in the comment box below!
Health and happiness,