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10 ways to stay motivated to CREATE & STICK with your fitness routine

So you wake up on Monday and you think 'today is the day! I need to get my ass in gear, let's go!' and you tie up your sneakers and go for a 4 mile walk. Then you wake up on a Tuesday and life, same with Wednesday, so on Thursday you say 'f it, I will start again next week.'

Does this sound like you? Starting, stopping, starting, stopping, wash rinse and repeat?

Embarking on a fitness journey is an empowering decision, but staying motivated to create and stick with a fitness routine can be a challenge. Let's explore 10 effective strategies to ignite and sustain your motivation, ensuring that your fitness goals become a lasting part of your lifestyle.

Before I begin, think about this...

  • You work hard in the gym for one day, you notice no changes

  • You work hard in the gym day #2, no changes

  • After a month of working out? Maybe no changes

  • But then, creating the habit of working out, lifting weights, moving your body...what happens after a year?

  1. Set Clear, Achievable Goals: Define your fitness goals with clarity. Potentially re-frame. Instead of focusing on the weight loss, what if you focus on strength building? or overall well-being? Then figure out the habit needed to achieve that goal. If the end game is strength building, you need to add resistance training to your workouts.

  2. Create a Vibrant Workout Playlist: Music has the power to elevate your mood and energize your workouts. Curate a playlist filled with your favorite upbeat tunes to make your exercise sessions more enjoyable and motivating. My Spotify is Linked HERE. Good music can make a workout!

  3. Variety is the Spice of Fitness: Combat boredom by incorporating variety into your routine. Explore different types of workouts, such as strength training, cardio, yoga, or outdoor activities. Keeping things fresh prevents monotony and keeps your interest piqued.

  4. Find an Accountability Buddy: Team up with a friend or join a class to share the journey with others. (I do (3) a week at local parks) Having a workout buddy not only makes exercising more fun but also provides mutual motivation and accountability.

  5. Celebrate Milestones, Big and Small: Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements along the way. Whether it's reaching a weight-loss milestone, lifting heavier weights, or mastering a new yoga pose, recognizing progress fuels your motivation.

  6. Schedule Workouts Like Appointments: Treat your workouts as non-negotiable appointments. Schedule them in your calendar just like any other commitment, and prioritize them as essential elements of your daily or weekly routine.

  7. Visualize Success: Envision the positive outcomes of your fitness journey. Visualizing yourself achieving your goals creates a powerful mental image that can serve as a constant source of motivation during challenging moments.

  8. Invest in Quality Workout Gear: Sometimes, a new pair of sneakers or stylish workout attire can be the boost you need. Invest in quality gear that makes you feel good and enhances your overall fitness experience.

  9. Fuel Your Body with Nutrient-Rich Foods: Recognize the impact of nutrition on your fitness journey. Fuel your body with nutrient-rich foods that support your energy levels and overall well-being. A well-balanced diet enhances your ability to perform during workouts and aids in recovery.

  10. Prioritize Recovery and Rest: Recognize the importance of rest and recovery in your fitness routine. Taking care of your body ensures longevity and prevents burnout. Listen to your body, and incorporate rest days into your schedule.

Staying motivated to create and stick with your fitness routine is a dynamic process that requires commitment, enthusiasm, and strategic planning. By setting clear goals, embracing variety, and prioritizing your nutrition, you can cultivate sustainable motivation that propels you toward a healthier and more active lifestyle. Remember, the journey is as important as the destination, and every step forward is a triumph.

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