Friday Top 5 – Five ways to stay motivated to work out
Now, I know working out is hard, but it’s only hard at the beginning. It took me awhile to get on my feet and start daily routines because, well, I loooove to eat. But when I realized how well I was doing after only a month (it’s not a lot, 4 weeks is 20 to 24 routines), it dawned on me that it could go very well for me. Not only did my butt and upper abs get tighter, but I felt my legs toning and overall I just felt great.
Then I quit, not sure why. I was in a relationship, so sex was like cardio I also had a lot of studying and work to do, it all came together and stopped me from continuing.
I started working out AGAIN, yesterday. So I will tell you the five ways I used to stay motivated and keep working out, which I will surely follow this time
1. Thinking of the benefits
It’s tiring at first and really hard. You will be cursing yourself and everything around you when you start, but my God, it feels A-MA-ZING once you do a full workout. It’s been proven that endorphin, the happy hormone, is released during the workout. I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me feel when I do a full routine.
Here you can read just one of many articles on what exercise does for you.
2. Use online (or gym) instructors
Whether you’re doing it at home or at the gym, you’re gonna need guidance and support. An instructor can be very helpful with making up a routine and a schedule to follow, but it’s all on you when it comes to following it. If the instructor is good (I don’t find Jillian Michaels, for instance, to be an instructor of my taste. I’d rather not have someone who will scream at me if I fail once) then you will do good. I workout at home, so Tiffany Rothe was the first instructor whose videos I followed on YouTube and I’m really pleased. A bit more hardcore are Daily Hiit who are bursting with muscles but can also be really supportive. I decided to step away from Tiffany Rothe this time and go with Fitness Blender, so far they’re really good.
3. Use your calendar
It’s very, very important. If your schedule is 5 times a week, that means 20 workouts in a month, which is really good. It takes time to look like the instructors, but they’ve been working out for years before they looked like that. And that may seem discouraging – “who has years to workout?”; the thing is – we do. All of us. But we’re not gonna think about it now, “I’m gonna be doing this for the next two years”. NO! I’m gonna be doing this one day at a time, marking the days of progress in my calendar.
4. Read personal stories about weight loss and exercising
There’s nothing better than reading how someone succeeded in making it work full time. Someone you can relate to, rather than superstars who have a lot of money and don’t have trouble hiring best instructors. Most of us don’t have money for an instructor, but a fair lot of us has access to the Internet. And there are many forums filled with stories about how someone managed to workout and feel great at the time when they didn’t feel like it. When we can relate, that’s one of the biggest motivations. “She/He did it, so can I!”
5. Use visual motivation
If you’re not discouraged by looking at toned and muscled celebrities then use them as motivation! I have an example: I was watching a film, I think it was “This is 40″ and Megan Fox was in it. She’s hot, yeah? I thought so too. I also thought – “Dammit, if I started working out a year ago when I planned on doing it, I would have looked like that by now”. That might be useful from time to time.
I tried to make sure the photos of celebs aren’t too or photoshopped at all, just so you could see that they work. Their result with trainers and our home workouts CAN be the same. It’s just about how far you are willing to go, and are you. Health, primarily, and then the satisfaction when you, and then everyone else, realize that you’ve started doing something good for yourself. I know, because I’ve been there and I intend to get back. Who’s with me? :))
Share your motivations, if you have any, or just let me know what you think about these
much love from noisianerd xx
Posted on August 16, 2013, in FridayTopFive and tagged calendar, celebrities, Fitness, forums, friday, Health, home, instructors, motivation, Physical exercise, Physical fitness, top five, trainers, workout. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.