Finding motivation to get fit can be a huge struggle for most people, but once you push past the first stages of procrastination and laziness, it’s only up from there. I’m here to give you that little nudge to get you going, here’s how to motivate yourself to get fit.
Here’s another listicle for you guys, since my last few obviously weren’t enough.
1. Find Your Reason Why
Everyone has a reason for wanting to get fit or to have a healthy lifestyle. What’s yours? Making sure to know why you’re doing this, and why you want this, can help with setting your mindset. This way you’ll know what you want to work towards and won’t leave you wandering aimlessly.
2. Find Your Inspiration
Find out who inspires you. Look at their picture every day for inspiration, print it out if you have to. Set it as your phone’s wallpaper. Create a little motivation board. I found that looking at a picture of someone that inspires me reminds me of what I really want, and why I started. It really helps when you need motivation, especially for clean eating.
3. Picture Yourself
Imagine yourself the fittest you could ever be, imagine yourself being healthy. Picture yourself the way you’d like to be, and then get up and do something about it. I usually always do this, no matter how healthy or good I feel about myself. Always look to better yourself in whatever possible way.
4. Make Health Important
Like I said before, always try to better yourself and your health in any possible way. There are many ways to make health a priority, and getting fit is one of them. It’s never late to start, strive to be the best version of yourself.
5. Just Do It
I think this is my number one tip. If you’re struggling to get fit because you keep procrastinating, you don’t have the motivation, or you just don’t know how, then I say just get up and start working out. Just do it even if you don’t feel like it, because once you start everything else will fall right into place.
6. Set Small Goals
Set little, achievable goals and challenges for yourself. As little as doing 10 push-ups, 10 squats, not eating bread for a day, etc.. This way once you’ve accomplished these small tasks you’ll feel great about yourself, and you’ll boost your motivation as a bonus. Give yourself a challenge all while getting stronger and more fit.
7. Track Your Progress
Take pictures of yourself before you start, and during the whole process. You might not notice a change in your body since you see yourself every day, but looking back and comparing photographs, you’ll definitely see it. You could also keep a food journal, somewhere where you can log everything you eat, even if you slip up and eat something unhealthy.
8. Plan Ahead
Schedule and plan all your workouts in advance. Fit them into your calendar and allow yourself to think of it as a commitment that you back out of. It’s sort of like a meeting with yourself; bosses don’t cancel. Planning ahead also saves you the trouble of fixing a workout on the spot, and keeps away the “Oh well, maybe next time” attitude.
9. Create An Awesome Playlist
Find the most upbeat, uplifting, motivational tunes and put them into a playlist to bring to the gym or to your workouts. When you’re caught up in a song you like and know, you won’t notice time pass and your workout will be over before you know it.
10. Find A Workout Partner
Having a workout partner encourages you to get up and get moving and will force you to show up at the gym. Kind of like the planning ahead, only this time it’s an actual commitment to someone other than yourself. The two (or more) of you will feel accountable to one another and will be obliged to turn up. Besides, having a friend around can only make things fun.
11. Reward Yourself
Every now and then, reward yourself for your hard work, for your effort, and most importantly for trying. Buy yourself a new dress to slay in, a new pair of sweatpants, workout gear and attire, and maybe even a donut to stay sane. Enjoy the work you’ve put into caring for yourself, don’t make it feel like a job.
That’s all for now! x
(I will be redoing all of my blog post graphics/covers/whatever soon enough. I have some photographs to take first before I go ahead and replace these boring grey ones, but it’ll be a few month because exams xx )