How to Stay Motivated to Workout

Have you ever began your new year with a resolution to get in shape, and by March 1st you notice you have lost your workout motivation?

Guess what? You’re not alone!

Without making a plan of how you plan to achieve that goal, it’s easy to let your fitness aspirations fall to the wayside and return to old habits.

I’m going to give you some tips that will help keep you on track with your fitness goals!

  1. Don’t compare yourself to other people. While scrolling Instagram, Facebook, etc. it can be discouraging to see other people who you feel are in better shape than you. It may make you feel like you have too far to go to accomplish your goals. Please keep in mind that we all start somewhere, and the person you’re comparing yourself to also had a starting point. No one wakes up in amazing shape without putting in the effort. Remember your journey is personal to you, and it isn’t fair to you to compare yourself to anyone else.
  2. Workout with a buddy! This keeps you both accountable to each other. If you aren’t able to workout together in person, do a virtual workout together, and/or daily or weekly checkins.
  3. Write down exactly what your goals are. Think of S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic/Relevant, Time-bound). Look at this list often (at least weekly) and visualize how you will achieve your goals and how the end result will look.
  4. Figure out what type of workout you will enjoy. Some people love the gym, some don’t.
    Some people love walking outside, some don’t. Some people love to swim, while others don’t. Find what works for you, and what will bring excitement to your workouts.
  5. Write down all of your milestones, and celebrate them! You can also write your setbacks, what caused them, and what you can do differently.
  6. Remember your why. Don’t lose sight of why you chose to begin this journey. Revisit that decision often. You can do this!