Like the majority of people, I have a love-hate relationship with exercise and the gym. I’ve never had a problem with making healthy choices with regard to food but when it comes to exercise I either go all out or not at all – but I think i’ve finally found my groove.
That being said, I do often need that extra kick to get me out of bed and moving. I’m by no means a fitness expert and I love nothing more than sitting on my bum with a book or watching Netflix, but I thought I’d share the things that help me stay motivated to exercise.
Be organised. Getting into the habit of laying out my gym clothes the night before definitely helps in getting me out of bed and out the door without having time to talk myself out of it. Its often when I’m rummaging around searching for my Nike leggings that I end up with the “I can’t be bothered going anyway” attitude.
Have a game plan. Knowing exactly what I’m going to do when I arrive at the gym and how long for helps me get there and get it done without wasting any time wandering around aimlessly debating over whether to run for 30 minutes or work my abs.
Stop comparing yourself. This has always been my main fallback – there has been many occasions where i’ve thrown in the towel and ditched the gym because I felt ugly or fat compared to other people (oh the irony). I don’t look pretty when I work out, and I can’t say I don’t envy those lucky women that do, but I look at it this way – the more sweaty and gross I look, the harder I’m working.
Do it for that post-workout feeling. There is literally nothing better. I’ve tried to get out of that “why am I not getting thinner?” or “why are my arms still not toned?” mindset and just do it because it makes me feel better as a whole.