How to motivate yourself to work out?
OK - I am definitively not a work out lover. Like definitively not. But (actually) working like crazy ~ #NeverNotWorking is my life motto along with #OkButFirstCoffee ;) ~ is the many reason why I stumbled upon working out. Why? Because working out is a great way to switch off, in addition to keeping your brain more active ~ increase blood flow, keeping you in shape ~ bikini body anyone?, and is a great excuse for time for yourself ~ no one looks at you weird when you say, "guys don't call me between 7 and 8, I am at the gym," vs saying "don't call me between 7 and 8, I am going to sit in my room alone for an hour" (in which there is nothing wrong, btw : ) ). Finally, ever since I started working out, I feel less tired and more energized, and definitively a much happier human (endorphins! :D ).
SO... How I stay motivated to work out?
1. Set a goal ... and stick to it
In stead of thinking "I need to start working out ..." tell yourself "my goal is to go to the gym three times a week". It is important to set tangible goals and start slow, so that you feel accomplished and not demotivated. :) ... and put your work out routine in your calendar. Working pretty much always, it is so easy for me to see workout as a luxury, and the first thing I skip when the work
2. Realize that sometimes done is better than perfect
On the note of goals: set realistic ones. Especially at the beginning, when your body is not used to the extra work out, you will get tried and you will get tired quickly. So instead of deciding "starting tomorrow, I will work out every day," figure out something that you think you can manage: a Zumba class on Saturdays? Jog before work on Thursday? An hour of cardio Monday and Wednesdays at 8? Little successes will push you the long way.
Second part of "done is better than perfect" is putting emphasis on the "done" part. There are days that I really, really, really don't feel like working out. On those days, even getting myself to the gym is a success. And on those days, we should try the hardest to be kind to ourselves - so if on such a day, I do go to the gym, I proclaim it 110% ok to walk on the treadmill for an hour in stead of running or jogging.
3. Find a work out buddy
In the last point I mentioned a classes... it is much easier to not give in to the "skip work out - eat cupcakes" temptation when you have someone that will hold you accountable. Plus, after a work out together, getting those to-die-for cupcakes is only the more fun!
3. Stay active throughout the day. It is easier to keep moving after work or school if you stay moving throughout: I love walking places - not only I am able to explore the place where I am currently staying, and not just see one subway train or the inside of the one cab, but also it counts as a mini-work out - right? ;) So use different possibilities: walk to work (or get off two subway stops earlier than necessary to walk for at least a little bit), bike, take the stairs instead of the elevator and try to take "walking brakes" every 2 hours. What I mean by that: at least every two hours, I like to get up, walk around my office, or go downstairs to get a coffee instead of using the vending machine on my floor - anything that keeps me moving.
4. Get nice work out clothes.
Enough said. You will be looking for reasons to wear them yourself. ;)
I am generally an inside type of runner: what gets me going is the clock counting down the minutes on the treadmill (don't pretend you are different, and if you are: I am truly impressed ;) ).
However when the whether is nice, I enjoy mixing it up a bit and running outside. First: Oxygen, huh? Second: views. In New York, I am lucky enough to have Central Park within a "joggs-reach" but there are cool places to run wherever you live - and it's a great way to explore some of your surroundings.
7. Reward yourself
Back to the previous point. I am normally the treadmill type of a runner (ups - actually, I meant jogger ;) ). Why? Because, it is the perfect time for me to catch up on my guilty pleasure TV shows! (Say Yes to the Dress? Bachelor? the embarrassing list continues ) 1. Watching them while working out, I don't feel like I am waiting time. 2. They keep me going: because I know I will to run for so long enough to finish the episode.