How do you keep working out when…
you’re too busy, too tired, injured, sick, feel like it’s not working, etc., etc.
There are many ways to motivate yourself to keep moving towards your goals when you’re not feeling it. This is not an exhaustive list but it includes many of the ways that I keep myself motivated. I have plenty of days that I come home tired, frustrated, cranky, or just not “into it.” I’d love to hear more of your motivation tips in the comments below. These are listed in no particular order.
Step one – make yourself a priority. You are worth it! If you don’t already see yourself as worth it then this is a great place to start! You can’t keep giving and giving to others without taking care of yourself.
Step two… evaluate your goal. Do you even have a goal? Do you have too many competing goals? A really important part of the journey is to find your why. Why are you making the time to exercise? What do you hope to accomplish? Some of my goals are based on numbers on the scale or the tape measure. But I think that my more important goals are those non-scale victories I’m hoping for. Things like being able to do a pull up, not having my thighs slap together when I exercise, smaller clothes and feeling good about myself are some of my reasons. Once you have figured out your goals it takes frequent evaluation to decide if the things you are spending your time on are moving you towards your goals?
Step three…what inspires you? who inspires you? Surround yourself with people who are inspiring and don’t drag you down. People who can encourage you to follow your dream Sometimes it helps to visualize what it will look like when you reach your goals. Many people make a dream board with photos and sayings that create a visual reminder of their goals.
Step four…be accountable to others and get support from others. Find like-minded people who can cheer you on when you’re on the right track and encourage you when you’re derailing. Announce your goal and keep your support team informed of your progress. Most importantly, know when to ask for help.
Step five…do it anyway! Push through the tough times and make an effort. I find that many times when I don’t want to work out, I’ll get ready and commit to working out for 10minutes or so. Most of the time once I get started I can stick with it. The hardest part is just dragging my buns into the workout room and starting. If you’re still not feeling it after 10 minutes then give yourself permission to stretch, foam roll, etc. for the day instead of strenuous exercise.
Step six…be realistic! Break your big goal down into smaller steps. Take one of those small steps and commit to it. Do it faithfully and make it a habit. Build on your successes and work steadily towards your goal.
Step seven…brag about your successes – to yourself and to others! Even small successes can motivate you and inspire others.
Step eight…push yourself! Give yourself some credit and know that you can do much more than you think you can. Do it until you can’t do any more and then push a little farther. Your brain gives out before your body does. When you think you’re done – you’re not!
Step nine…keep track of your progress. It’s easy to forget just how far you’ve come. Keep a journal, log, calendar or photos of your workouts and your progress. Visual motivation is powerful. Someday you will have your own transformation story!
Step ten…figure out a way to make it fun. Work out with a friend, play your favorite music, be silly, involve your kids. There are many ways to bring a little fun into something that would otherwise be a drag. I love it when my kids work out with me. I also work harder when I have a friend alongside me – I push so much harder when I am challenged by someone else. Sometimes you may need to try something new. Find what you like. That was the key for me. Insanity was the first workout that I got addicted to. It was such an incredible challenge and so different from anything I had tried before.
Step eleven…if you blow it, get right back into it. Just because you miss a day or two doesn’t mean that you should give up. Get in there and “git ‘er done!” Forgive yourself for slacking and get in there and be awesome!
Step twelve…reward yourself. Celebrate each step that you make in the right direction. Find your joy in taking on a challenge and conquering it.
Please let me know how you have accomplished tackling difficult goals and staying motivated. If you haven’t already joined me on Facebook I’d love for you to “like” my page here.