Let’s talk, Motivation!
Finding fitness motivation might be easy when you are starting a new workout program, but many women are curious about how to sustain high levels of motivation over time.
The good news? You don’t always have to feel highly motivated to stick with an exercise program.
Here are some tips on how to make the most of your fitness motivation, and what you can do to keep working out even on the days when you might feel less motivated.
What is fitness motivation?
Fitness motivation is what drives you to exercise and focus on your health and wellbeing. You may associate motivation with the excitement of buying new exercise gear, stocking your kitchen with healthy food, or creating a workout planner.
You might think of a conversation you had with a friend when you promised: “this time, we are going to stick with our workouts!”. At the time you feel excited about making some healthy changes.
Then, reality hits. You might have had a long day with work or family, or you’re tired and just want a day off.
Whatever the reason, there is often a point where you lose your workout motivation.
That is why it’s important you form healthy habits, rather than relying on feeling motivated. So, the biggest tip to reaching your fitness goals is to create healthy lifestyle habits that you can follow. These habits will kick in when your motivation levels dip because working out or preparing healthy meals will be a part of your everyday routine.
Workout Motivation Tips
Follow a plan
Understandably, there will be moments in life where you just don’t want to do anything, let alone get up and work out. While it’s okay to have a rest day, try not to skip your workouts just because you “don’t feel like it”. One great thing about exercise is it can release feel-good endorphins, so you almost always feel better after it.
If you’re feeling a bit down or angry, you may be surprised as to how therapeutic a workout can be.
By doing your workouts even on days you don’t feel like it, exercising can become second nature to you, and this can help to develop a habit.
Set realistic goals
The trick is to aim for balance, not for perfection. Setting smaller short-term goals like exercising 20 to 30 minutes two or three times a week can help you maintain a sense of progress along the way to your major goal.
Make yourself accountable
Sharing your exercise routine with a friend or family member can help you to stay on track. You might find a workout buddy to join you for training, or perhaps you’ll create time each week for a family walk.
When you measure your fitness progress, focus on how you feel and what you can do now that you couldn’t do when you started.
Making a conscious choice to put your health first is a huge step towards true body positivity!
Track your progress
Seeing improvements, whether running faster, doing more reps, or working out more often, makes you want to keep going.
Be kind to yourself
Get real. You’re going to miss a day or two.
Placing too much pressure on yourself can leave you feeling defeated, particularly if your efforts fall short.
Choose a healthy mindset and focus on how you can improve the next week.
Join our Small Group Training or engage a Personal Trainer
WFCC Personal Trainers hold you accountable for the duration and will change the program accordingly.
The Small Group classes are tailored for up to 10 people–working under the supervision of a trainer who will also regress and progress your movement accordingly.
You can do this!