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Tips to Stay Motivated at the Gym

Staying motivated at the gym isn’t easy. I love working out, but there are still plenty of days where the couch sounds waaay more appealing than sweaty sports bras, guys with no boundaries, and expending energy I don’t have.

But even when it sounds hard or I’m sore or tired or hungry, I can often times motivate myself to get to the gym. Here are my tips that you can try next time you’re not the mood.

Change Your Mentality:

Stop thinking of your workout as auxiliary and thinking of it like you do work – It’s non-negotiable. If you’re hoping to change your life for the better and start living a healthier life, then your workouts and your healthy food aren’t short-term or fad, they’re an important part of your daily life.

And that means you need to change how you think of them. Your workouts are like going to work – Unless you’re sick, you should go. BUT if you’re sore or recovering from an injury, you should definitely listen to your body and adjust accordingly. Killed it the day before on leg day and aren’t up for a Pilates class? Just walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes. Can’t make it to a class across town because you got stuck at the office? Do a little bodyweight workout at home!

 

Hold Yourself Accountable:

Find an accountability partner! If you do well with a community, join an online challenge like the ones hosted by Tone It Up or other online trainers.

What I’ve found works well for me is doing weekly, and sometimes daily, check-ins with my best friend. We text pictures, inspiration, and recipes to each other, motivating from a distance. Between social media and one-on-one check-ins there are lots of options to keep yourself inspired, so you can find which way works best for you.

Set Goals:

I’m definitely a Type A personality and I love me some goals. I like lists in general, and nothing thrills me quite like checking something off. Hi – I’m a nerd!

Need some other tips to get you started? Check out these posts on goals and rewarding yourself so you can find a way to make this work for you!

Find Your Inspiration:

I’m an extremely visual person so when I’m feeling tired or unmotivated – I head straight to Pinterest, Instagram, or Snapchat.

I create motivational boards on Pinterest that keep me inspired and remind me what I’m working for each day. Workout Motivation is my favorite!

And I follow some seriously kick ass ladies on Snap and Instagram – A few minutes of looking at killer photos or watching their stories is just the kick in the booty I need to get myself to the gym.

What’s YOUR tried and true way to stay motivated at the gym?

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5 Ways to Stay MOTIVATED

I’ve talked about motivation and inspiration and fitspiration a lot over the years here on Moi Contre La Vie. But since I always get questions from followers, friends, and family about how I stay motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle, I guess I’ll have to keep writing about this topic. Which is fine by me, because I think it’s an important obstacle that we’re faced with almost daily.

So, which that in mind, here are my top 5 ways to stay MOTIVATED:

Set Goals – I don’t know about you, but I’m competitive as all get out. Having a goal, and smashing that goal, is serious motivation for me to keep at it. Start small and work your way up to larger, more meaningful goals. Maybe start with working out twice a week, or going for a short walk after dinner. Then aim for 20 minutes of activity a day. You may find, that in a few months or a year, you can throw yourself into goals that you never thought possible like a fitness challenge program or running a race.

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Reward Yourself – I love setting and reaching goals. But I especially love it when reaching that goal means getting something that I’ve been looking forward. Like a new piece of activewear or a massage. Treating yourself to something nice is a great way to stay motived to reach your goals. {Check out my Rewarding Yourself post for more ideas!}Group Effort – Find a friend or a family member to help hold you accountable, or join a challenge or online community. It doesn’t matter whether that means downloading an app or texting back and forth or having a weekend running buddy. You will be amazed how inspirational it is to hear about everyone else’s progress, it really keeps you going.

Calendar It – Set a routine for yourself. Making fitness a part of your every day life, no matter what, will make it much easier. Try thinking about your workout like going to work – You just do it, even if you don’t want to. One trick that I’ve learned over the years is to block off the time on my work calendar so that I don’t schedule something else. I go to the gym every day at 11am, no matter what.

Remind Yourself WHY – If you can’t remember why you’re doing this, you won’t be able to sustain it. So hold on to the reason that you started this journey and when you feel your motivation flagging, pull that reason back up to the forefront. Are you trying to get healthier and avoid chronic disease? Are you trying to reach a goal for an event or birthday? Do you want to spend quality, healthy time with family or a significant other? Try to remember why this is important to you and how it will benefit your life.

J’Adore – If you LOVE your workout, you’re going to want to do it. So find something that you look forward to. Try different classes, or a personal training, or pick up a new active hobby. From boxing to running to zumba – There’s something out there that you’ll really truly enjoy. So go find it! 🙂

How do YOU stay inspired to lead a healthy life?

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Tips to Stay Motivated at the Gym

Staying motivated at the gym isn’t easy. I love working out, but there are still plenty of days where the couch sounds waaay more appealing than sweaty sports bras, guys with no boundaries, and expending energy I don’t have.

But even when it sounds hard or I’m sore or tired or hungry, I can often times motivate myself to get to the gym. Here are my tips that you can try next time you’re not the mood.

Change Your Mentality:

Stop thinking of your workout as auxiliary and thinking of it like you do work – It’s non-negotiable. If you’re hoping to change your life for the better and start living a healthier life, then your workouts and your healthy food aren’t short-term or fad, they’re an important part of your daily life.

And that means you need to change how you think of them. Your workouts are like going to work – Unless you’re sick, you should go. BUT if you’re sore or recovering from an injury, you should definitely listen to your body and adjust accordingly. Killed it the day before on leg day and aren’t up for a Pilates class? Just walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes. Can’t make it to a class across town because you got stuck at the office? Do a little bodyweight workout at home!

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Hold Yourself Accountable:

Find an accountability partner! If you do well with a community, join an online challenge like the ones hosted by Tone It Up or other online trainers.

What I’ve found works well for me is doing weekly, and sometimes daily, check-ins with my best friend. We text pictures, inspiration, and recipes to each other, motivating from a distance. Between social media and one-on-one check-ins there are lots of options to keep yourself inspired, so you can find which way works best for you.

Set Goals:

I’m definitely a Type A personality and I love me some goals. I like lists in general, and nothing thrills me quite like checking something off. Hi – I’m a nerd!

Need some other tips to get you started? Check out these posts on goals and rewarding yourself so you can find a way to make this work for you!

Find Your Inspiration:

I’m an extremely visual person so when I’m feeling tired or unmotivated – I head straight to Pinterest, Instagram, or Snapchat.

I create motivational boards on Pinterest that keep me inspired and remind me what I’m working for each day. Workout Motivation is my favorite!

And I follow some seriously kick ass ladies on Snap and Instagram – A few minutes of looking at killer photos or watching their stories is just the kick in the booty I need to get myself to the gym.

What’s YOUR tried and true way to stay motivated at the gym?

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