5 Ways To Rekindle Your Fitness Motivation

Excuses aren’t going to stop you if you want something bad enough. As many reasons as there are to stay home, be a couch potato, and eat like shit, you have to look at the bigger picture. Don’t sacrifice your progress for a few days of self indulgence. 

Sure, you could be doing a million other things besides get that workout in. But how are you going to feel if you make those excuses versus if you suck it up and do the work? 

When you let your excuses get the win, you might start feeling guilty and make a random appearance at the gym. However, we all know motivation leaves just as quickly as it starts. And if those excuses keep winning, it’s high time to rekindle that motivation. 

You’re definitely not alone here. I get discouraged and frustrated when appointments, travel, and stress overcomes my motivation. So, I wanted to share some tips that help me get back in the swing of things when I start to back track. 

Back To The Basics

Personally, I ask myself a few questions when I’m falling off the fitness train. How is my nutrition? Am I staying hydrated? How many hours of sleep am I getting? I usually don’t have all those components in check when I feel like I’m burning out. Maybe try tracking your calories and see if your eating more or less than you think. Take a week to practice yoga and stretch and focus on getting quality nutrition. The weight room will always be there, so prioritize taking care of your health first. 

Reset Your Why

Your fitness goals have changed if you’ve been on your health journey for a while. You might have had success with weight loss in the past, but gained some weight back. Either way, it might be time to rethink what you’re trying to achieve and why. Your motivation and reason behind your goals might be different from the start of your journey to now. Your initial goal might have been to lose a few pounds for aesthetic purposes. But maybe you’re starting to like how you feel and your new goal is to gain more energy and strength. Your training program might also have to change to match your goals. 

Give Yourself Gym Access

Sometimes you’re stuck at the airport or at the office. And your busy schedule makes it hard to not only find time, but find a gym. You can bring a heavy resistance band and a yoga mat with you to get in some movement. Practicing yoga or doing some body weight exercises are also great ways to keep active during those hectic times.It might not be your regularly scheduled workout routine, but you can at least maintain the work you’ve built. Use the space and equipment that’s available to you. I know I would be sweating if I had a set of stairs around! 

Spice Up Your Routine

Boredom is a huge reason why people don’t stick to their routine. I like to focus on progressive overload, but doing the same workouts every week can feel monotonous. I like to change up my exercises every 4 weeks. Dumbbells are my weapon of choice, however I throw in barbell and bodyweight exercises to keep my muscles guessing. If you do a lot of cardio, add some resistance training. And if you lift, you should definitely be doing yoga. 

Too Busy? Make Time 

Wake up. Go to work. Come home. Make dinner. Go to sleep. Repeat. It probably seems like you can’t fit any more time in your schedule. But wait. You’re telling me that you don’t have time for a 20 minute workout, but you have time for an hour of social media? I know some of you might rely on social media to make your income. But if you’re willing to invest your time in your business, you should be doing the same for your health. What good are you to your company if you’re not healthy? You’ll never find time to take care of yourself. The object is to make time. Squeeze in some stretches in the morning. Take a 20 minute walk around your neighborhood when you get home (before you even walk in the door). Make healthy meals and snacks ahead of time so you’re less likely to stop for fast food. If you have time to browse on Instagram and go to McDonald’s, you have time to exercise and eat right. . 

How will you get back into your fitness routine? 

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Self Care Ideas: 5 Tips For Taking Care Of You!

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Self Care Ideas & Tips for Taking Care of You!

Hey ladies! Self-love is one of those things that if you can conquer, you can handle anything that comes your way. Being able to just be happy with ourselves is an irreplaceable feeling. But learning to love and accept your strengthens and weaknesses can be a challenge. I am on my self-love journey and wanted to share a few tips that help me feel my best. Here are some helpful self care ideas! 

 

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Pamper Yourself

Give yourself a manicure or pedi. Something about having a fresh paint job makes me feel all that is woman. Personally, I’m not talented to do them myself, so I go to the salon. But if you prefer to do them at home, give yourself the ultimate spa experience. Fill up the tub with bubbles and light those candles! If you like getting your hair done, treat yourself to a blowout. Maybe try some highlights or a stylish lob. Sometimes when I’m feeling low, I like to put together a really great outfit and do my hair and makeup. We usually feel a little better if we look better, so why not look your best?

 

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Rock A Bare Face

Try not to wear makeup every single day. Set at least 1-2 days out of the week that you don’t beat your face. If you want youthful, glowing skin, you’re going to need to let your skin breathe. I know it’s hard to put down the paintbrush (especially when all these 14-year-olds are looking 25). Maybe on the weekends or any day you’re just hanging out at home, give your skin a little break and just be natural.

 

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Give Yourself A Love Stretch

Ever find yourself sitting around at home and you just feel like you need a little something to bring balance to your day? Instead of fighting it, roll out the yoga mat and stretch it all out for a few minutes to clear your noggin. Stretching allows you to be in the moment and help you de-stress. Also, most of the time we are sitting all day at a desk or the car, so it’s important for our posture and overall health to get in a few minutes of stretch time.

 

 

Tidy Up Your Space

Even if you live in the tiniest apartment, take pride in the space that belongs to you. When my house is clean, I feel more motivated and focused to get other projects done. If I’m trying to work in a room that is unorganized and filthy, I will not get much accomplished. Take a few minutes out of your day to keep things clean and in their place. When you keep your house clean, you don’t need to clean anything (which is another check mark on your to-do list).

 

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Journal Your Heart Out

Keeping a journal on hand is a great way to organize your thoughts, goals, and to-do list. A lot can be accomplished with a notebook and pen. Being able to physically mark things off your list can motivate you to get stuff done. If you have goals, write them. If you don’t have goals, create them and write it down. Journaling is such a powerful tool we take for granted. Got something you need to get off your chest? Write it out. Need to prioritize your day? Write it out. I think you get the idea.

 

 

What are some ways that you practice self-love?

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