Staying motivated with getting in shape or just maintaining your fitness can be frustrating. I know I’ve gone through my fair share of ups-and-downs with my exercise commitments and priorities. Your workload gets in the way, cutting gym time to go out with friends is a huge temptation, and what about those cupcakes that your coworker brought into the office?
About two years ago, I was at my heaviest weight ever. Denial and not stepping on the scale got me to that point. “Oh, I’m just gaining muscle,” said everyone ever. Psh gurl please. I was not working out or lifting heavy enough at that point to be “gaining muscle.” It was time for an intervention.
Since then, I’ve made steady improvement. There’s been bumps along the way, and self-induced and accidental (sprains, injuries) setbacks, but I’m still trending in the right direction. Right now, I’m committed to 250 minutes of moderately-intense cardio a week, along with lifting 6 of those days. My mother thought I was insane.
Four Ways I’m Staying Motivated
1. Surround yourself with people that have the same goals.
I’m hanging out with people that are committed to working out and getting healthy just like me. We’re keeping each other accountable. In particular, I’ve made a new friend at work that has had an incredible fitness journey. She’s inspiring, and we lift together often at our office’s gym.
2. Get your loved ones rallied around you to support and encourage you.
My boyfriend is studying to become a strength and conditioning coach, so you can imagine the kind of program he designed for me. It’s top-notch, and it leaves me sore EVERY DAY. I thank him and hate him for it, but he always encourages me as well as laughs at my misfortune. I started seeing serious results after just two weeks, and I’m hoping for an epic before-after photo.
3. Schedule gym time like it’s a date. Like it’s a client meeting. Like it’s a vacation to Jamaica.
I got to put my gym time in my calendar every day if I have any hope of making my fitness commitment. Life is busy, but put it on your to-do list. They say that 21 days makes a habit, and I can attest to it now that I’m 5 weeks into my cardio and strength training program.
4. Give yourself a rest day.
No one talks about this during New Years Resolution time. It’s the number one cause of burnouts everywhere. Depending on what is going on during my weekend, I give myself either Saturday or Sunday off. Looks like it’s going to be Sunday this week – I’m hoping to see a movie!
So how do you keep yourself motivation in your health, fitness and wellness journey?