How to Become Motivated to Stay Active
Beginning your health and fitness journey, or even just trying to live a more active lifestyle can be an intimidating task. I've been an active person throughout my whole life, however, going to college and being away from the resources I was used to in terms of fitness, was a huge struggle. Nothing is more discouraging than walking into a gym and not knowing where to start or what machines do what. What makes things worse is having to face the unknown of the gym, workout routines, and your journey altogether, alone. As much as my stubborn self would like to think the following isn't true, it is; you can't do everything on your own. Through personal experience, I've learned that working out and embarking on the journey of a healthier, happier you, is one of those things you cannot do alone. Don't get me wrong, 95% is you and your hard work, but that other 5% is your willingness to put in that hard work, and it's easier to do that 5% with someone by your side.
One of the main reasons I started this blog was to make people feel like they related to something or someone; to make them feel less alone in whatever situation they're in. I hope through this post & the tips I'm about to share, I can make your journey a little less stressful, and a whole lot more enjoyable.
TIPS FOR BECOMING & STAYING MOTIVATED TO BE ACTIVE
#1 Find a workout buddy
I'm not saying to call up the first friend you think of to go on a run with you, I'm saying specifically and carefully pick out your workout buddy. Think through all of your friends and find someone who you have something in common with, genuinely enjoy, is competitive, and works hard at anything they do. Having someone to embark on this new lifestyle with you is going to help to hold you accountable. Building a support system will make the whole process seem a little less difficult because you'll have someone who can relate to everything you're feeling. Other than having your workout buddy be your support system, having someone workout with you who you actually have fun with will keep your workouts fun. Just the other day, my workout pal and I went on a run/walk in the park and actually lost track of how many times we went around the loop. We have so much in common, so much to talk about, that we forget we're even working out! Soon enough you'll start intertwining your workouts with your social life and your fitness no longer will feel like a dreaded chore.
Buy a new pair of running shoes, order a FitBit from amazon, go shopping for some new workout clothes, or even get yourself a cute new water bottle! Invest in something that'll make you want to go workout. You might be thinking, well I don't have the money to just spend on random workout clothes and a FitBit. You do. You just don't want to spend money on something you know you might not use. However, if you spend your hard earned money on something that's going to aid your workouts, you are going to be more apt to work out. Investing in your health and fitness now will only benefit you and your body AND potentially prevent you from having to do so later on in life.
#3 Mix it up
Working out is so much more than just physical. The mental aspect of your health and fitness goals will either be your powerhouse or your worst enemy. In my experience, one of the biggest reasons I might fall off track is because I get bored of my workouts. I'm not the type of person who can go to the gym 5 days out of the week and thrive. What I find has helped not only my mind stay focused, but also shock my muscles and keep my body guessing is to switch up my workouts. I'm not referring to planning out my days according to what type of body parts I'm going to work like leg or arm days. I'm talking about actually doing different workouts, in different places, at different times of the day. For example, one day I might go for a run on the trail with a friend and the next day I'll do track/speed drills in the sand pits with my trainer! Or one morning I might run a mile and do some strength training in the gym, and the next I'll do a spin class at Cycle Bar and just burn a ton of calories. Mixing things up in all aspects of your life will keep things interesting and turn your lifestyle into one that is more sustainable.