Top 5: Ways to be more motivated

Happy Friday Everyone!

 

I know this time of year is tough; it gets dark earlier, it’s cold, possibly snowing, and your motivation to get up off the couch gets hidden somewhere under holiday parties, shopping, and that amazing looking plate of cookies your well-meaning neighbor just dropped off… I get it, it’s really really really hard.

 

So with that in mind, I’ve compiled my Top 5 Ways to Stay Motivated. They will get you moving, grooving, and dare I say “losing” this holiday season. 🙂

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1. Workout with a friend

Just can’t seem to get a move on when you’re by yourself? Then grab a buddy. It’s soo much harder to cancel on a “workout date” with a friend than it is on yourself. Plus, you’ll have someone to push you harder, commiserate your soreness tomorrow with, and someone to check out that latest fitness class down at the gym with. This is what I do for running. I rarely enjoy running by myself. Instead I have a friend to run early mornings during the week with, and a husband to run with on the weekends. It’s really the only way I get myself up and running.

2. Make a Motivation Board

This is one of those ideas that I’ve seen a few times, and always wanted to do myself. I’m planning on making one for the new year. There are many ways to make one. You could do it on a bulletin board, a chalkboard, dry erase board, or even take up a whole wall. You can post pictures, quotes, a weight loss countdown, goals, etc. Anything to get you pumped. Just make sure it’s in a place where you will see it EVERY DAY.

Need some ideas? Check out these great options I found on Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/motivation-board

3. Try Something New

If you’ve done the same old thing day in and day out and your motivation is waning; it’s time to try something new. Doing the same exercise for too long can not only be taxing on mind (BOOORRIING!) but also on your body. It can put too much stress on specific muscle groups while leaving other’s almost completely untouched. Usually a gym-junkie? Try running outside. Kickboxing queen? Check out a local yoga class. Super cycler? Try a bootcamp. There are millions of options when it comes working out. If something doesn’t work for you- try something else. Find a sport; tennis, basketball, golf (minus the cart!); whatever it is, make sure you enjoy it. That way you’ll be sure to do it again.

4. Make it a habit

Sometimes willpower needs a bit of an extra push. If you find yourself struggling to find time to workout, scheduling your exercise at the same time every day helps tremendously. When something becomes a habit it is a lot less stressful on our minds and willpower. When get up at the same time every morning, slip on your shoes, and walk out the door; there is very little thought put into those actions. The less thought, the less likely you are to stayed curled up in bed. It just becomes something you do. It will be hard at first, but stick to it for 1 month, and you’ll notice after a while, you don’t have to fight the alarm as much. In fact, you’ll even start to crave it, and miss it on those days that you don’t workout. So figure out what time works best for you (morning, afternoon, or evening) and write it on your calendar. Know exactly what you are going to do and when. The less thought, the less chance you’ll miss out.

5. Subscribe to blog posts, magazines, newsletters, etc. 

If you find you need a little extra “umph” to get going- try subscribing to a fitness blog (you know, like this one 🙂 ), a health magazine, a newsletter, podcast, anything that will give you regularly scheduled motivation sent directly to you. I love receiving my magazines with all sorts of new exercises to try and health tips. It makes me excited to get moving. I also love the daily newsletter I get sent straight to my email from Greatist.com. They deliver tons of fun tips, tricks, pictures, recipes, etc. That daily reminder that this is my FOCUS is exactly what I need to keep me on track. So find what works for you. Maybe it’s a podcast that you can listen to in the car on your way to work. Or a yoga magazine that gives you great ideas for your personal practice. Each time you receive that subscription you’ll be given a little “push” in the right direction.

6. BONUS!!! Remember what you have gained 

One of the best ways to stay motivated is to know how far you’ve come and what you’ve gained from living a healthy lifestyle. Keeping track of pounds lost, energy gained, sizes dropped, confidence built is a sure fire way to keep yourself going. Every time you remember all the positives of healthy living you’ll be that much more likely to keep going. You can keep track in a journal, on your motivation board, on your phone, anywhere you will see it often.

Each of these 5 6!!  ways is a great way to give you the motivation you need. Use any or all of these tips to get you through the dreaded winter slump. 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend! I’m spending mine cheering on some friends running the California International Marathon. Yay!!

Love and joy,

Amy

xoxo

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