Have you ever started working out and then quit after a few weeks because results come too slowly or you get bored? If your answer was yes, you’re not alone. When hard work is involved and your busy life gets in the way, it can be easy to get tired and just quit. (To be honest, with the weather lately, I’d much rather stay snuggled up in bed in my pj’s and watch Hallmark movies all day.)
I recently heard a friend say “It’s called working out for a reason. You have to show up and do something in order to see results.” So, no matter how busy life may get or how cozy your bed feels, you need to get up, get motivated, and put in some work.
Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way that I hope might help you achieve your goals too.
- Set a goal
I know this is the most common tip you probably hear from people, but it is so true. You can set a goal to achieve by the end of the day, week, or month. It does not always have to be the end goal that you are looking to achieve.
Make your goals realistic. For example, if you haven’t exercised in a while and you set your goal to run 5 miles a day, you are more likely to get frustrated and give up. Instead set a short-term goal to get on the treadmill 3 days a week and then make your long-term goal to complete 5 miles and not be exhausted.
- Positive Thinking
Whether you’re dealing with everyday life situations or working out, a positive mind can have such a powerful effect on yourself and others.
“Your body hears everything your mind says.” A negative mind will make it more difficult to achieve your goal.
While working out say to yourself “You’ve got this!” “You want to leave feeling accomplished!” “Keep going!” A boost of positive thinking when you’re on your last set of squats or running that last lap will help you finish your workout with a bang and that feeling of accomplishment.
- Change it up
You might find that going to the gym and doing the same exercises gets boring after a while, so instead of getting bored and giving up, change it up. Maybe you are always on the treadmill at the gym, change it up by going to the park and walking nature trails or going on a hike. Some more ideas would be to try something completely different and maybe take a kickboxing, yoga, Insanity, Zumba, or swimming class. If you usually work out alone, change it up by getting a workout buddy. Working out with a friend can keep you more motivated.
- Workout for yourself
This is one thing that I cannot express enough. If you are working out for others because they told you to, you will not be happy. You working out must be because YOU want to become a better version of yourself. Want to stay motivated at working out? Do it for yourself.
- Reward Yourself
This one is probably one of my favorites. Think about when you’re trying to teach a dog to learn a trick, you reward them with a treat. Reward yourself for being active and meeting your short-term goal. Buy yourself a new water bottle, a new workout outfit, or maybe dessert after dinner. It could even be a day off that you usually go to the gym or downloading new music to your workout playlist. The little things can keep you motivated.
If you are having a hard time staying motivated, I hope these tips can help you. Have fun being active!