5 Fitness Motivation Tips to Get You Moving
Finding the strength to get out of bed at 5 a.m. when your body is screaming at you to go back to sleep can seem impossible. I get it. Heck, I’ve been there WAY more than I’d like to admit. But over the years I’ve learned some tricks that will really help you get your butt in gear. So if you’re looking for fitness motivation, here are 5 tips to keep your body healthy by keeping it moving.
1. Remember your “why”.
Your “why” is your secret weapon. It’s the reason why you started your health and fitness journey. I’m not talking about wanting to lose weight or wanting to have toned muscles. A truly powerful “why” is a whole lot deeper than that. And having that powerful “why” can give you huge motivation to keep going when it gets tough.
To find your “why”, ask yourself why you are committed to being healthy (exercising, eating healthy, etc). Then ask why again. And again. Keeping asking until you get to your core “why”. (If your “why” is more superficial, that’s ok–but a deeper one is more powerful and will help you more in the long run).
Why am I trying to get healthy and fit? Because I want to look good.
Why? Because I want to feel confident.
Why? Because I want to teach my kids to have a healthy body image and be able to take them places without constantly being self-conscious.
Now that’s a powerful “why”. Write it down and put it somewhere you can see it often!
2. Get some liquid energy.
A high-quality pre-workout supplement can really get you in the mood for a good sweat sesh. I’ve learned that when I’m feeling tired or lazy or I just really don’t feel like exercising, I drink my pre-workout. And knowing that in 15-20 minutes I’m going to get a boost of energy that will help me push harder during my workout (and get better results) really helps me get my butt in gear. After all, I don’t want to waste that awesome energy and endurane spike!
3. Start small.
When you’re in a rut, it can be overwhelming to wake up early, exercise, meal prep, eat healthy, etc. So start small. Commit to just get through a warm-up. And then maybe commit to making it 10 minutes. You might be surprised to find that just a couple minutes into the warm-up you’re motivated to finish the whole thing. So forget all the big things you have to do. Don’t overload your brain. Just focus on small steps and soon you’ll see some big changes.
4. Think about how you’ll feel.
When motivation fails you, stay dedicated. Think about how you’ll feel during and after your workout. You’ll have more energy, think more clearly, be more relaxed, and feel more confident. Not to mention you’ll be proud of yourself for pushing through. And when you do finish that workout and feel those awesome feelings, hold on to them. Remember them the next time your motivation drops.
5. Find an accountability partner.
When all else fails, you might need someone else to provide a little motivation. A friend can send you texts with words of encouragement and motivation, or they can give you the swift kick in the pants you need when you’re falling off the wagon. My husband has been my accountability partner in the past (definitely pros and cons to that), and I still text him after every workout to let him know I finished. It gives me a sense of pride to know that I’m dedicated and consistent and that someone else knows it, too. That’s one of the best things about having an accountability partner–that you’re able to share both big and small successes with each other to keep each other motivated.
If you need more fitness motivation tips:
If you’re just really struggling with your health and fitness journey and staying consistent and dedicated, you may need to try more than what we’ve listed above. Here are a couple more ideas for you for fitness motivation–they don’t work for everyone, but they may give you the motivation you need to start forming good, healthy habits.
Give yourself a reward.
Giving yourself an actual reward for reaching your goals can help you get going until your brain is able to recognize that working out is a reward all its own. Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business*, explains that, “An extrinsic reward is so powerful because your brain can latch on to it and make the link that the behavior is worthwhile. It increases the odds the routine becomes a habit.”
This doesn’t have to be a big reward. And the goals don’t have to be big, either. The goal can be to workout 4 days that week. And the reward can be to rent a movie that weekend or treat yourself to a bubble bath. For the sake of creating healthy habits, try to avoid choosing a reward that involves treats. Those are definitely ok for reaching goals that are more long-term, but rewarding yourself with a treat week after week will just undo all your hard work.
Become a morning person.
I can hear you groaning and feel you glaring through the screen. I know, I know. A couple years ago I would have done the same thing. Luckily I have 3 little rascals who insisted that I be up at the God-forsaken hour of 5 a.m. Now I have actually become a morning person! And that has helped me immensely with giving me fitness motivation.
Fun fact: we are actually more productive, ambitious, and have more confidence at the beginning of the day! As the day goes on, you’re exposed to more negativity via social media, work, other people, and just life in general. So it makes sense that you’d be at your very best before you’ve had a chance to get weighed down by negativity. So do yourself a favor and try getting up 30 minutes earlier every morning until you’ve reached your desired wake time. And put your phone in the bathroom so you aren’t tempted to push the snooze button.
*Michaela Esplin is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.