1. Have a Workout Plan
You know I love a good plan. But seriously, having a plan can be so helpful. If you wake up thinking “I should workout, but I have no idea what to do” it’s a lot harder. BUT, if you wake up thinking “Okay, today is a 3 mile run and leg/ab workout circuit of ‘x’ exercises” it’s so much easier. When you already have a plan, it eliminates the work of having to think of something when the time comes…making it so much easier to decide on Netflix instead…that takes no thinking. It’s always better to have at least a basic workout plan in place. MOTIVATING people. Promise.
This can be anything. Another fun way to work this in is to not only have daily goals but weekly or monthly goals. For example, daily goals…a delicious breakfast, relaxing and watching your favorite tv show for half an hour, if you’re me…a quest bar (I swear knowing I’m going to get a quest bar after my workout provides a good portion of my motivation. Weekly/Monthly goals are also a good idea like…a new workout top or a get together with friends when you meet a certain goal. Also, when I say weekly/monthly goals I mean things like “doing ‘x’ amount of workouts in a week/month” or “being able to do ‘x’ amount of pushups in a row without stopping”. I think those kind of goals are better than “losing 10 pounds, etc. Just remember to treat yo’ slef!
Don’t overdo it. If you’re trying to workout every day, you’re going to get burned out. I usually workout 5 days a week, sometimes 6…it just depends on the week. Usually if I work out a 6th day it’s something like hiking or skiing, something more recreational and fun. Due to the way my work schedule is I usually take Friday and Sunday as my rest days. And let me tell you, they are needed. Sometimes it’s good to just give your body a break and let your muscles have a day to recover. Not only your muscles but your mind!
This is an obvious one but, if you hate running. Don’t run. If you hate yoga. Don’t do yoga. Try different workouts and see what you like. You may love running, or you may love zumba or you may love hiking. Find what you like and do that. If you are actually doing things you enjoy as your workouts, you won’t dread them…you’ll enjoy them! Which is how it should be. Of course, I’d recommend trying to incorporate weights and cardio but even that can be switched up a bit. Do you like weight classes (like BodayPump) or free weights, or body weight circuits. Again, just try a lot of things out and find what you like!
This one kind of goes along with that last one, but don’t do the same workout every day. Switch it up. Run one day, zumba the next day, kickboxing the next day…I always try to incorporate cardio and strength training/weights into my workout every day but I switch it up. Some days I run, some days I do the elliptical, some days I do kickboxing and then I switch up my strength training as well…leg day, arm day, back day, ab day…you get the idea. The more you switch things up the less likely you are to get bored.