Motivation

An important factor when it comes to maintaining a healthy living regime is keeping yourself motivated – Whether that means eating well or getting regular exercise. With an endless number of reasons to skip the gym on any given day, sometimes actually getting to the gym is more work than working out.

Here are some tricks & suggestions to help you stay motivated!

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Set Goals:

I’m a goal oriented person so whether it’s training for a race, getting toned for a beach vacation or keeping pace with a friend, having those milestones in mind keeps me on track. My challenge for you is to sit down once a month and set out a list of goals for yourself – They can be as simple as “make it to the gym three times a week” or as specific as “get through a Tone It Up! workout.”

Just think about what you want to accomplish and start taking the necessary steps to achieving that goal. Whether your personal goal is to lose weight or just to get yourself into better, healthier shape, you’ll be a step closer each time to meet one of your goals.

And – Bonus – That wonderful feeling of triumph that you get when you reach one goal will help spur you on to meet the next one!

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Community:

Getting a workout buddy, joining a fitness community, or attending classes are great ways to keep yourself on track. Everyone is different so do a little reconnaissance and find out what works for you – Does running next to someone push you to go further and longer? Is a one-on-one session with a trainer the best way to get you to the gym and hold you accountable? Is meeting a friend for a class the perfect motivation after a long day since you won’t want to flake on them?

Try some different tactics and you’ll discover the best way to keep yourself engaged & inspired – Try making a workout date, signing up for a competition or race, or joining a healthy club.

You’ll be amazed just how far you can get with supportive people behind you!

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Bribery:

I don’t know about you, but I respond quite well to bribery. When I’m having trouble staying focused on my goals or find myself losing interest in my workout regime I change my tactics in order to get different results. Dying to get into bikini shape but just can’t stop indulging? Make plans with friends for a weekend at the beach – Knowing you’ll be sipping an umbrella drink in a lounge chair in a month will help keep you on track.

Getting a reward for all your hard work is a great way to keep yourself motivated and you’ll be looking forward to hitting your next goal so you can earn another trip to the spa, or salon, or shops. What are some of my favorite motivation-related rewards? Massages, new workout gear, weekend getaways, facials, shopping trips, and pedicures.

A little quality “me time” is a great way to indulge & celebrate meeting a goal while keeping myself on track!

Related Reading: Gym Style and Workout Gear vs Streetwear.

What’s your number one way to keep yourself motivated when you’re trying to achieve a health or fitness goal?

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12 Responses to Motivation

  1. I think the best thing for me would be a workout buddy because they act as motivation too. They would come banging at my door and drag me to go workout–and that would be quite helpful! 🙂

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  2. Bribery works like magic. Need some of that in order to keep going.

  3. I’ve notived since I joined the gym, I haven’t eat that much candy or junk food – why waste all the hard work at the gym over that? 🙂

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    • I’m the same way Heidi, when I’m feeling healthy I like to keep the feeling going!

  4. I love attending fitness classes but I can’t have a workout buddy haha. We end up talking rather than focusing on the task at hand.

    • I learned that lesson the hard way – Don’t befriend your trainer! 🙂

  5. Glad that you were honest about bribery. LOL! =D
    This sweet treats are always best to reward oneself. I’ve been trying to work out at least twice a week now. Such a great achievement already =P

  6. Just reading this article definitely motivates me to work out tomorrow morning!! Thanks, Caity!

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