Finding motivation to work out is half the battle so if you’re struggling, here are 8 tried & tested fitness motivation tips which will get you back on track!
These fitness motivation tips are the ones I find most useful and they usually help me to go back on track once I’ve fallen off the wagon and we all do!
Fitness motivation tip 1:
As I exercise first thing in the morning (I really can’t be bothered in the evening!), I usually find that checking my favourite fitness accounts on Instagram when I go to bed, motives me to work out in the morning the day after. My current favourite accounts are @kaylaitsines @barrebody (stunning) @selfmagazine @clean_eating_alice (for clean eating inspo) @amberdodzweit (for badass girls) and @biancamaycheah who I found uplifting and beautiful.
Fitness motivation tip 2:
The other thing I do is treating myself with new gear and when the sale is on, it is the perfect time to grab a few goodies for less money.
Always style-conscious, I love wearing all black when I work out. It kind of limit the damages when I’m out of shape and it looks sleek when I’m fit again. Nike has always been a favourite of mine. I love their running tights which I use for my HIIT.
For yoga, I prefer using Sweaty Betty gear and I swear by their Grip Dot Yoga mat which dries out very quickly and is fantastic when I do Bikram yoga. Their yoga mats are the best.
Mango has also a good selection and Primark too where I found a black dry-quick top for £8 last time I was in London.
Fitness motivation tip 3:
I practise visualisation which you may do anytime but I usually use the last few minutes before falling asleep to visualise a fitter and slimmer version of myself. I also visualise my well-being and remember how good I felt about myself when I was taking care of myself, feeding my body nutrients and how positively high I felt after exercising once the endorphins had kicked in.
Fitness motivation tip 5:
I make my health and fitness a priority. If I have work commitments, travels etc, I schedule my workouts ahead and put them in a diary. I also plan to catch up dinners with my girlfriends in places which will be FODMAPs, gluten-free friendly (like a Japanese restaurant) and will enable me to stay on track food wise.
Fitness motivation tip 6:
I make sure I get enough sleep too.
You can not be healthy or stay motivated if you’re really tired. Sleep is legitimately the basis of all my healthy decisions and I normally work well with 7 hours sleep. My goal this year is to set up a bedtime routine and set the alarm 15 minutes before my bedtime to remind me that it’s time to leave my laptop, take care of my face and put my phone in aeroplane mode to sleep better.
Fitness motivation tip 7:
Don’t compare yourself to others. Being inspired by other people is great but do not compare yourself to others or people you see on Instagram. Everyone is different, just focus on your own things and don’t aim for perfection: “You don’t have to be good at it, you just have to do it!”
Fitness motivation tip 8:
After two months off, I’m finally back in “the zone” which means that my healthy habits are back in place:
– I drink my 2.5 Lt of water a day to clear my skin
– I have half a lemon squeezed into a glass of lukewarm water to clear my digestive system first thing in the morning,
– I take probiotics regularly (avoid so-called probiotic yoghurts which are high in sugar)
– I do HIIT (high-intensity interval training) three times/week and LISS (low-intensity steady state) twice/week
– Watch my portions and record what I eat on myfitnesspal
– Snack on fruits and proteins
– and this month, Steve and I are going alcohol-free like last year (read about this guy who hasn’t had a drink for two years)
Making small, manageable changes that last is definitively the one thing that sends the right signal back to my brain and says: “This is it, let’s do this!”
If I have a day off or an evening fuelled with alcohol, drinking that lemon juice first thing in the morning, 1.5 Lt of water by the time it’s lunch time and have a delicious, healthy breakfast will definitively help me to reset my mind and be focused rather than having another day off and another one and another one.
The same way, these healthy habits lure me back into a fitness routine after a 2-month break.
I’m a foodie but I found that if I go back to my healthy, clean-eating habits, within a week or two, I feel like working out again.
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