Like most of us, “working out” is probably one of your new year resolutions. Finding time to do it is not an excuse, you have a whole weekend to work it. But lacking motivation is totally normal, we all do it, but staying on track with your exercise routine is the best way to see real results. So if you find yourself lacking the motivation, here is how to stick to working out every day
1. Set clear goals
Instead of wanting just to lose weight, set clear goals. It’s not all about dropping a dress size, it could be about getting toned arms, working on your abs, beating stress, taking some time for yourself.
Get creative and create a vision board of your workout plan, eating guide and photos of the body that you want to achieve and place in your room where you can see it.
2. Mix it up
If you’re just running every day or killing time on the cardio machines, you’ll eventually get bored. The best way to train your muscles is to never let them get used to what you’re doing!
Mix up your workout regimen with HIIT workouts to increase your intensity or join a barre class to tone and lengthen your muscles. Doing the same routine will not only cause your body to plateau, it will also bore you!
3. Grab a buddy
While it’s good to workout alone, it’s even better when you have a friend to cheer you on. Sign up for a Soulcycle class together or go for a morning run. Studies have shown that when you work out with other people, you are a lot more motivated to push yourself. Plus, it’s a great way to strengthen your friendship!
4. Start small
If a 30-minute HIIT workout is too much for you, start with low-impact aerobics. Over time, your body will gain momentum, making you fitter and stronger. You will be a lot less motivated if you have unrealistic goals to achieve, so it’s best to take baby steps and go easy on the first few sessions.
5. Eat healthily
As much as working out is important, keep tabs on what you put into your body. Too many white carbohydrates can cause you feel bloated or heavy, so opt for lean meat, beans, and veggies to keep your energy levels up and running.
6. Wear proper workout gear
Sometimes, putting on your sports bra and leggings can put you in the mood for a good workout, especially if it’s in a color or design that you love. With so many fashionable choices out there, you’ll definitely feel a lot more motivated in working out in comfortable clothes and shoes, instead of heavy sweats and track suits.
7. Hang in there
There are definitely days when it’s gonna be tough but keep hanging in there and make an effort to work out, even if it’s a simple 10-minute pilates routine.
8. Make a habit
Just as how brushing your teeth is a daily habit, set your exercise regimen as a habit and it won’t feel like a chore. Even if it’s a 30-minute session stretched over five days in a week, you’ll see results if you keep at it and be consistent.
9. Track your progress
Use a fitness app or a fitness journal to record your before/after weight, the calories you burn, your waistline and your fat percentage. When you can track your progress, you will definitely keep yourself motivated to work harder. The best way to do this is to use a Fitbit, you can wear it and it’ll do all the hard work for you, track your exercise, how active you are during the day, how well you slept and more. You can access a report of those reults on your phone or computer too, so you can stay in control. Find the Fitbit ‘Alta’ here.
Take one day in a week and indulge in a cheat meal. Go out with your friends, have a glass of bubbly or buy that bodycon dress that you’ve been eyeing for a while. Every goal achieved is a reason to celebrate!
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