This is part two of my How to Set Fitness Goals & Importance of Goal Setting post, so if you haven’t read that yet you should definitely go check that out first. Getting started with your fitness goals is often easy and can often be kind of fun. You went out and got some new outfits, made yourself a new playlist and got in the gym only to realize a couple weeks later that you just aren’t that into it anymore. Maybe some things came up, your work schedule got hectic, it got too inconvenient or too hard, you aren’t seeing results quick enough, or you simply are just unmotivated to continue. Whatever your case may be – below I have listed a few ways to get yourself back on track and crushing your fitness goals.

1. Just Show Up

Believe me, some days the last thing I want to do is go to the gym. First off, it is a 30 minute drive for me, so you could say its pretty inconvenient. And some days I just don’t feel like doing it. I know you know what I am talking about. I think everyone has those days sometimes. What I have found that actually works for me is to just show up.

I give myself at least 10 minutes. If by the end of that 10 minutes I’m still not feeling it, then I can leave. But to be honest, I get in there and usually gain enough momentum to want to finish my workout. So this method is pretty effective and works for me 9 times out of 10.

2. Start Small

If you start out too heavily, you’re likely to burn out pretty quick. When I first started my fitness journey, I went 5-6 days a week doing some pretty extensive workouts. I started feeling very overwhelmed and getting pretty bad headaches that lead to me taking a whole month off and having to start right back over. That being said, I toned it down to simple, sustainable exercise 4 days a week and gradually went up to a level that I could handle. This is something that I highly recommend doing when first starting out, otherwise your mind/body may not be able to transition well to it.

3. Have a Schedule

Now I’m definitely not saying to be strict on yourself because that usually doesn’t end very well. But I am saying that it is very beneficial to have a schedule that you can count on and go by. This can be having a certain time of day you like to go, what kind of workout split you are going to have, a general layout of the exercise you are going to do that day, ect. This always makes me feel so much more prepared especially when its late and I don’t feel like planning a whole workout for myself. It also limits room for any excuses 🙂 So for example you have a weekly schedule so you know you will go Monday through Thursday. Monday is leg/glute day, Tuesday is back and biceps, Wednesday is abs and so on.

I also like to keep a list of exercises in my notes on my phone for each section and each time I go, I can just pick 8 exercises that I want to do that day. It also allows me to have a variation in case a machine isn’t available or I decide I want to do something else. So for example under Legs/Glutes I have a list of about 20 items like: squats, pulse squats, smith machine lunges, bridges, hip adductor, ect. and Ill pick 8-9 items and always have a full workout ready to go 🙂 When I find new workouts that I think would be fun to try, Ill simply just add it to the list so I always have some new and refreshing variations to work with.

4. Mix it Up and Have Fun

You have to make sure you are still enjoying it. If it feels like a chore, you are going to be very miserable. Now Im not saying it is always going to be a blast, but you shouldn’t completely dread it every single day either. Usually I find that comes from too much repetition and slow results. Results are usually going to be a slow process, thats just how it goes. And they are much slower when you do the same routine over and over. You have to mix up your workouts, for growth as well as saving yourself from pure boredom.

So for example: as I mentioned in my How to Set Fitness Goals & Importance of Goal Setting post, there obviously isn’t only one way to do cardio. When you start dreading the treadmill, don’t keep using it because you feel like its the only thing that will give you results or that you just have to. You don’t. Instead, opt for the elliptical, stair climber (personal fave), bicycle, go run outside, go swim, try a HIIT exercise, etc. You have to switch things up now and then and keep it interesting, otherwise you’re likely either likely to burn out or reach a fitness stand still by doing the same exercises over and over.

5. Regain Your Motivation

Sometimes you just need a little something to give you a push. For me, I like to go out and get a couple new workout tops, a new water bottle, some workout gear or even something as simple as making a new workout playlist or planning a fun new routine. Whatever motivates you, do it.

This is usually a fool proof way for me to get motivated and into the gym. Lately I have felt a little unmotivated myself, so I added 10 new songs to my playlist and literally can’t wait to get back into the gym tonight. Whatever works for you, go back to that method anytime you need some extra motivation.

6. Remember Your Why

Why are you doing this in the first place? What is motivating you to keep going? If you have no goals, I suggest you to try and think of a few because it is hard to continue doing something without any type of goal or reward on the line. Having goals gives you something to reference when you feel like giving up. When everything else seems to fail, this is what is going to push you to keep going.

7. Cut Yourself Some Slack

If you mess up and eat a whole sleeve of Oreos (me) or skip a couple days at the gym. ITS OK. Forgive yourself and move on. You are human and that is going to happen from time to time. It doesn’t mean you should starve yourself or workout twice a day to catch back up. This also doesn’t give you an excuse to give up and quit all together either. Just because you got off track doesn’t mean you should wait until Monday or a fresh month or even a new year to get back to it. You can start today. In fact, you should start today.

"The earlier you start working, the earlier you will see results."

Just remember that. So quit beating yourself up over what you can’t change and just simply start again.

Those are just a couple of ways that I like to stay motivated. I hope that you found something helpful to you. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me. Thank you so much for reading and I hope everyone has an excellent Monday ❤

With love, Danielle

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