Hello friends! Happy Sunday!
Here we are almost at the end of February. The weather has been crazy, no matter where you live. But one thing is for certain – Spring is on its way!
Just this morning I saw my favorite commercial…
Mmmmm Cadbury cream eggs – A delicious seasonal treat! It’s a good thing that they are only sold during the Easter season. I think that is part of the reason why we can really enjoy them.
But, this isn’t a post about Easter candy.. although that sounds like a fun post!
As we get older, life gets more demanding. We are so busy… Careers, kids, responsibilities.. it can be difficult to find the time to get in that workout. This is especially true for us moms who are constantly running around, taking care of everyone and everything before we start working on anything for ourselves.
Life can be exhausting.. And at the end of a long day, sometimes the last thing we want to do is workout. It’s much easier, and (at times) much more relaxing, to plop down in front of the TV and watch your favorite shows, than getting all sweaty and then having to take a shower. The struggle is real.
But something fun begins to happen as we get older… it becomes much easier to gain weight, and more difficult to lose the weight. Gone are the days where we could enjoy eating pretty much whatever we wanted without consequence.
Because we are just weeks away from Spring, and only a few months away from Summer.. Now is the time to get back on track with your fitness goals, if you’ve fallen off. Now is the time to remind yourself of why you started in the first place. If you’ve been doing well with your fitness program, awesome! This post will simply serve as a little extra motivation and a wonderful reference for the days where it’s a little harder to lace up your shoes and get started.
Today I am sharing my favorite tips and tricks for motivation on days where I struggle. Let’s get started!
Tip 1: Caffeine
It’s no secret that I love coffee. I drink an entire pot each morning, black. When there is a day when I am just tired, I will brew another half pot and drink a few cups of coffee before doing my workout. This helps my energy level and actually helps me have a more productive workout.
Numerous studies have been conducted concerning the effects of caffeine on performance during a workout. Benefits include improved performance, reduced muscle pain, and improved muscular endurance.
It doesn’t have to be coffee. You could try tea instead. A pre-workout supplement or protein powder is a great option. If you are gravitating toward an energy drink, do so with caution. I love a good Red Bull, but many of those drinks are full of sugar .. so just be careful.
Tip 2: Music
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”
Music heals the soul… likewise it can also get you pumped for your workout. Create a playlist of your favorite, upbeat songs that can turn your mood around; songs that demand you get up and “shake your boov thing.” Turn the music up and dance around for a few minutes. That little bit of activity will feel amazing and get you motivated to tackle your fitness activity for the day.
Listening to music can help put you in the right mood for your workout. It can also help you power through your workout. Create a few playlists for different workouts that you enjoy. One for cardio, one for HIIT, one for weight training, etc… I love using Spotify on my computer and phone.
Tip 3: Switch it up.
I used to love cardio. It was one of my favorites. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that certain forms of cardio put a lot of undue stress on my body and I’m more prone to injury. As a result, I’ve come to dread cardio days. Have you seen that Gollum meme about cardio? “We must do the cardio. But we hates it!” Hahahaha.
Sometimes you just have to switch it up. Instead of your cardio session, try a HIIT workout. Take a dance class or pop in a Zumba DVD. Try an aerobic step class.
If you are super tired and sore, try a yoga session. Pilates is also great.
There’s always something you can do. Try something new, and you just may discover that you fall in love with a new variation.
Tip 4: Go Outside
Speaking of switching it up… Why not just go outside? Go to a local or state park and walk the trails. Go for a jog. Maybe just play around in your own backyard. Fresh air and sunshine can do wonders!
Snowy and cold? Bundle up and have a snowball fight with your kids. Build a snowman. Go sledding or ice skating.
Just get up and get moving!
Tip 5: Change your attitude
This one is sometimes the most difficult. You have to consciously change your thoughts, your attitude, and your mindset.
Start by changing the language. Instead of, “I have to workout.” Say, “I get to workout.” or “I am choosing to workout.” Instead of, “I can’t find the time.” Say, “I am going to make the time.”
Those little differences are powerful.
Turn to gratitude. Think back on a time when you were really sick and couldn’t do much of anything. How did that feel? Be grateful for your health. Be grateful for the ability to move, the ability to be able to workout today.
Think about why you started in the first place. Was it because you were tired of being overweight? Did you want to tone up? Did you want to get healthier? Maybe you just wanted to fit into that pair of jeans hanging up in the back of your closet.
Think about your future self. Think about how you will feel when you achieve your goal.
Log onto Pinterest. Search Fitness Inspiration or Fitness Motivation. Pinterest is such a great resource. When I feel like skipping my workout, Pinterest helps me get my mind in the right place. Check out my Fitness Inspiration Pinboard.
Tip 6: Suck it up.
Sometimes you have to suck it up and just do it. Put on your exercise clothes. Throw you hair up in a ponytail. Lace up your shoes or lay out your mat. And get it done.
You will never always be motivated. You have to learn to be disciplined.
I hope these tips help get you moving! What are your favorite workout motivation tips? Share them in the comments! 🙂
Have a wonderful week!