Let’s be honest right off the bat, babes. Finding the motivation to stick to a regular workout routine isn’t easy.
Things happen, you stay late at work, friends invite you to a happy hour, you’d rather snooze your alarm, so on and so on. I get it! Been there, like last week.
Finding the motivation to workout and then consistently showing up to make it a routine took me almost a year to get the hang of, with missed days and weeks along the way.
If I have found anything that continuously helps me with keeping flareups of my Lyme Disease away in my joints and muscles, is a consistent workout routine. Once I realized this made me feel better, I found it my driving force for sticking to it, but even on the days I feel 100% I still needed to find that drive to stick with working out.
Whether you’re trying to lead a healthier life, tone up for an upcoming trip or event, or generally just make yourself feel better from the inside out, I want you to know I’m right there with you.
Have Fun With It
You’re never going to want to stick to a routine if it’s something you dread just at the thought of it.
With such a huge variety of fitness classes and online workouts available now, I encourage everyone to find the thing that makes going to the class or the gym something you fall in love with or can have fun doing.
It can be anything, like taking a spin class from your favorite instructor or getting to take a barre class with your bestie. Making the workout enjoyable and fun will push you to make it there, plus a friend to workout with will hold you accountable.
There are some many options out there, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. And, if you’re still struggling to find your niche, fall in love with all those workout endorphins you’ll get once you’re done.
Fall Out, Get Back To It
We all fall out of our routine. I had septum surgery back in September and wasn’t allowed to workout for a little over a month. Let me tell you, getting back into the swing of making it to class was a struggle. I still enjoyed the workout I was doing, but the act of showing up when I hadn’t been was tough.
It doesn’t have to be as drastic as an injury or surgery, but it could be a crazy week at work, a busy school schedule, or having to prioritize another to-do over your workout one week.
I’ve found that through whatever gets in the way any certain day, week, or month, just getting back to the first/next class is half the battle. Over the past few years through illness or any other life events, I’ve had to tell myself that a little grace towards myself in missing a workout is OK. What matters is that you choose to show up the next time.
“What matters is that you choose to show up the next time.”
Set A Goal And Work Towards It
Are you a bride-to-be? Have an amazing vacation planned this summer? Or do you just want to feel better from the inside out? Whatever, your overall goal is, write it down, put it somewhere you can see it, and let that drive you.
Tip: I like to put my goals on a vision board or tape something to my mirror.
Every early morning or night after work when you don’t feel like making it to your workout class remember your goals and how they make you feel. I always find that thinking of how accomplished I’ll feel after I’m finished, the changes I’m making for my body, and that larger goal which helps me to stay consistent.
Small Goals, Small Rewards
What better way to keep yourself accountable than to reward yourself along the way. When I find I’m particularly lacking the motivation to workout I have two tactics I use to keep me accountable to showing up.
Setting small attainable goals for myself along the way to my larger goal keeps me going. Start with making it a goal to show up to 3 workout classes a week.
A number like 3 seems more doable than mentally committing to workout 5-6 days a week. If you pass your goal, that’s awesome! But start small and you’ll find you’re not beating yourself up if you miss a day.
We all know the quickest way to keep yourself accountable, right? Rewarding yourself. Whatever it is, make it good. I like to reward myself with a new pair of leggings or a workout top once I hit a goal I’ve set.
For example: try setting a goal of working out 3 days a week for the next month and pick out something you’ll treat yourself to once you’ve reached your goal. That new pair of leggings will keep you pushing through every time you want to hit the snooze button. 😉
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite workout leggings and tops below from some of my favorite brands and boutiques:
Most importantly though, I hope that each and everyone of you knows that beauty and that feel good feeling really starts from the inside out! Sticking to a workout routine will help your overall mind as well as your body, leaving you feeling more confident.