Staying motivated to exercise can be a struggle no matter who you are. Some days, I’ll admit it, it would be ten times easier just to roll right over in the bed and ignore the lovely chirping of my blackberry alarm. So how do I stay motivated even on the toughest days? Here are some pointers.
- Get a goal in mind. This could be a weight loss goal or a fitness goal. Aim high and get it in writing so you can remind yourself on those difficult days the promise you made to yourself
- Lay out your workout clothes the night before. This might seem unnecessary but on my running days I ALWAYS do it because it makes the transition from bed to road so much easier
- Invest in a cute workout outfit. Nothing like a new outfit to get your butt to the gym!
- Pack pre and post workout snacks ahead of time if you are going straight to the gym from the office. Examples would be baggies of raw nuts, granola bars, banana and individual nut butter packets. Keep everything in your gym bag, ready to go.
- Believe in yourself. Self motivation is key! If you look in the mirror and think you can never change or think you could “never” hit that fitness goal, you certainly won’t. You need to believe in your abilities and know that even though it might take some time and dedication, you can certainly hit whatever goal you set for yourself. Crazier things have happened!
For me, the easiest way to stay motivated is to commit to and sign up for races. Though training can be incredibly hard, that feeling of accomplishment when I hit the finish line is worth every single second. Races offer excitement, competition and free food of course! Plus, they give you the opportunity to travel to new places and see your body transform itself into an amazing machine. Early last Spring I took a plunge and signed up for a half marathon in San Francisco through Team in Training. It didn’t matter that the furthest distance I’d ever ran was six miles; I wanted to run this race so badly and knew if I stayed dedicated enough I could accomplish it! Sure, there are days when I think to myself “why in the world did I volunteer to put myself through this?!” but running for a cause has been motivating enough to get me through even the most difficult long run days.
See the change you want to make in yourself and go after it….what do you have to lose?