You hear it all the time, “exercise is good for you”, “make sure you are exercising”. But sometimes, working out feels like a boring chore. Trust me, I’ve been there. And who wants to sweat when you can eat pizza and watch a movie? Well, I guess you know what I’m doing right now. BUT, I did workout earlier! It’s all about balance, people! So anyways, back to the tips of staying active and slaying that athleisure!
1. Change Your Mindset
Start seeing working out as something positive, like a new healthy habit or a stress reliever. Working out doesn’t have to be boring or a chore. If you think of working out as something negative, you obviously aren’t going to want to do it. Once you stop seeing it as something negative, it will be much easier to get into the gym.
2. Define What Working Out Means To You
Working out means something different to everyone. For some, it may be a daily walk with the dog. For others, it might be strength training. There is no wrong answer here! If you can define what working out means to you, you can motivate yourself to meet whatever goals you set for yourself. Start small and take baby steps. Exercise, no matter how insignificant you think it is, is always better than no exercise.
3. Focus On The Journey, Not The Destination
If you have a specific end goal in mind, it’s easy to only focus on that and, when you don’t see results right away, it’s also very easy to get discouraged. Instead, try focusing on the day to day or weekly goals and keep a journal so that you can see how you are progressing. If you workout, your body is going to change. Focus on the journey, making daily healthy habits and meeting weekly goals, and the end goal will happen. Stay positive, patient, and motivated!
4. Buy Cute Athletic Clothes
I know that I always like looking the part. When I was a cheerleader, I always had a big bow on top of my head and lots of glitter spray. When I was playing volleyball, I had two french braids and no makeup on. When I workout, I love having the cutest gym clothes. They don’t have to be anything fancy, just something that you would feel great in while at the gym. You may be sweaty and out of breath, but at least your outfit is looking good!
5. Remember How You Feel Afterwards
There’s a reason some people are practically obsessed with working out. You get a natural high from all the endorphins released when you exercise. Sure the actual workout might be hard, but you will feel amazing afterward! It will also make the rest of your day or the rest of your week better! Plus, finishing a workout is something to be proud of. There are all kinds of positive feelings associated with working out. Next time you just don’t feel like working out, remember how great you will feel afterward!
6. Get Stronger
Cardio is not the only form of exercise. I love strength workouts because, after a while, I can see myself getting stronger. I’m able to do more reps or use a heavier weight. Plus, it helps a lot when you have to move all of your stuff out from your upstairs bedroom (wish me luck!). Time for a fun fact: building muscle helps boost your metabolism. So hit the weights, get some resistance training, or do a bodyweight workout!
7. Relieve Stress
Exercise can be a great stress reliever. Is that one professor who expects you to read his mind driving you crazy? Take a kickboxing class – you’ll feel much better afterward! I speak from experience on that one. Feeling stressed out? Try yoga! I absolutely love yoga because it’s so calming and centering. It clears your mind and leaves you feeling refreshed. Need something to take your mind off your upcoming exam? Take a dance class! Dance away all your worries and break a sweat at the same time.
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8. Get A Support System
Having people around you to encourage and support you is always helpful! The best case scenario would be to get a personal trainer, but I know I don’t have money for that. The next best thing is group classes or a workout buddy. Since I was always used to working out with teammates and coaches, group classes have helped me stay motivated to get into the gym and to work hard. A workout buddy can also help motivate you, keep you accountable, and make working out fun. If you play sports, try joining an intramural or club team!
9. Plan It
If you always find yourself using the excuse that you don’t have enough time, then make time. Pull your planner out and write down when you are going to work out. This way, you are keeping yourself accountable and making sure that time is not an excuse. You can also plan your workout from start to finish. If you take the time to plan out a workout, it’s extra motivation to get into the gym and complete it.
10. Make It Fun
When you look forward to your workouts, you are much more likely to complete them. If you hate jogging on the treadmill and staring at the wall forever, then don’t do it. There are many other options! Take a cycling class, a dance class, or a cardio kickboxing class. When I need to work on my cardio, I love doing tabatas.
In case you don’t know what a tabata is, it’s a four-minute circuit where you do an exercise for 20 seconds then rest for 10. I like to have two different exercises, like jump squats or plank shoulder taps, and to switch between those two for the four minutes. It’s a great way to get your cardio in without staring at the wall forever!
Find workouts you actually want to do. A lot of gyms will let you do the first class free, so take advantage of that. See if you like the instructors and the workouts before committing. Another way to make it fun is to workout with friends. This goes back to my seventh tip. Find people who make working out something you look forward to. Working out can be fun, so find a way to make it enjoyable for you!
11. Find What Works For You
At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is find something that works for you. When I was getting back into working out, I stuck with cardio dance and yoga. Now that I’m in better shape, I like strength classes. You might be completely different from me, and that’s okay. There is no one right way to exercise! Find what you enjoy and what keeps you motivated.
How do you stay motivated to workout? Let me know in the comments below!
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