11 Ways To Stay Motivated Throughout Your Fitness Journey
Updated: Oct 17, 2018
We’re halfway through January and most of you have quit your fitness journey. Most of you gave up the first week of January, others the second week. But if you’re reading this, then that means you haven’t quit. You’re maybe lacking motivation, or you’ve fallen off the path and want to get back on. Wherever you are this very moment is okay because you are seeking more. You’re not settling for less and that’s a good thing.
So let’s get right to it.
Here are the 11 most effective ways to get motivated again on your fitness journey:
1. Search YouTube for fitness motivation videos. I like watching these videos before heading to the gym or even listening to them on my way to the gym. As long as you do it right before a workout you will feel so pumped that no one can stop you from feeling like a beast.
2. Create a private Pinterest board of what you want your body to look like. Create a section of fashion styles that you love.
3. Create another Pinterest board of workouts, fitness clothes, and motivational quotes.
4. Join a fitness class. Get familiar with your gym’s class schedule and then go to a class. Make friends. Remember that fitness is a social activity. Don’t try to do this alone.
5. Every day before you wake up visualize yourself in the body condition you saved on that Pinterest board. How do you look? How do you feel? What are you wearing? What hobbies or activities are you doing now? Do this when you wake up at the start of the day and again at the end of your day before you go to sleep.
6. Keep a fitness journal. Here is your vent outlet. In this journal write down how your day went. Did you workout? If so, what did you do? What part of your body did you work on? If you didn’t exercise, state your reason for not, and come up with solutions to what you can do tomorrow to prepare yourself. What did you eat that day? Then, write down your “why”. Why are you working out? For me, it’s celebrating my 30th birthday at the Bahamas.
7. Try a new veggie recipe.
8. Try to go against the resistance. When you feel resistance, that’s a strong indicator to do it. Don’t let obstacles hold you back. 9 times out of 10, it’s going to be beneficial in some way. For example, there was this one day I didn’t think it was a good time to go to the gym. I got there at the beginning of a fitness class and it was one of the best workouts I’ve ever done. I was surrounded by other women who wanted to get better just like me.
9. Get the whole family involved. At Lifetime Fitness there is an indoor swimming pool and my kids are a little mermaid and merman; they love the water. Every day they want to go swimming. And to be honest, if it wasn’t for my kids begging me to take them swimming, it would be another gym that I just pay the membership and then don’t show my face. That definitely pushes me to go, and Lifetime Fitness is not cheap.
10. There are so many benefits to getting fit. Your inner being benefits the most, even more than your outer. Stress is reduced, your energy levels rise up, your posture improves, your back pains go away, diseases can be reversed with nutrition and fitness, and more. There are so many reasons why you should keep going.
11. Sometimes we don’t understand, and when we don’t understand it’s hard to push through. I recommend gaining knowledge and reading fitness books. Take notes and apply what you learn. If you are having a hard time, mentally gain knowledge. Knowledge is powerful.
Let me know down below what tips you use to stay motivated on your fitness journey. Remember this is a journey with no destination. Even when you reach your goals you will have to maintain them.