How to stay motivated when starting your workout journey

Let’s be honest: It’s hard to find the courage to start exercising, especially when you have all the free time in the world to procrastinate on it. There are so many ways we choose to spend our time and, without motivation, training tends to be at the bottom of that list. Fortunately, we’ve gathered some tips on how to keep getting through those tough days!

Make it fun

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The hardest part when starting out is Not be excited about doing your next workout. Activate your favorite playlist and blast some music! Or change your routine and find different ways to exercise to keep things interesting. Tired of the same dumbbell workout? Try a Zumba class!

Change your mindset

Are you considering doing a job? That is the question! Instead of thinking of that cup of ice cream you previously had as the motivation for “burning it”, think of it as a reward for working so hard. Don’t put pressure on yourself to get up and train. We * all * need breaks. So if you need a day off, take one.

Track your progress

Start a training diary! Write down what you did each day and what your motivation was. A training diary is the best way to look back on how well you are doing and make it cute! Decorate your journal with your favorite stickers and colors so it’s something you’re excited to open and write.

Find a training partner


Take this as a sign to get a training partner ASAP. By having a partner to train with, you can hold each other accountable and encourage each other to succeed. It can get a little boring and difficult at times to do that workout on your own, but having company will make the process ten times more fun!

Make training competitive


Who doesn’t love a nice friendly competition? For more guidance to stay on track, there are * so * many apps online to make training more competitive with others. You can also get involved in a training challenge like the popular Chloe Ting Two Week Shred program. This not only gives you more incentive to stay consistent, it also pushes you to exceed your potential.

Reward yourself


Setting goals is extremely important if you want your workouts to pay off. Better yet, reward yourself when you reach those goals! Don’t get us wrong, it’s * not * easy to stay motivated when exercising, so you deserve to be commended for your hard work. Tell yourself that if you hit a specific goal, you’ll gift yourself something like a new pair of shoes you’ve been craving, a day at the spa, or a book on your TBR list.

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