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How To Find Your Fitness Motivation

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How To Find Your Fitness Motivation
Find Your Fitness Motivation

If you’re a beginner, it can be hard to find — and maintain — the motivation to start working out. Fitness motivation often comes in waves; there will be days when you look forward to your workout and others when a rest day turns into two or three in a row. 

It can be easy to forget about exercising if you genuinely don’t enjoy it and when you’re busy or tired after a long day, the last thing you probably feel like doing is a cardio workout at home

But what if we told you finding motivation isn’t as hard as you might think? Keep reading to discover the Sweat trainers’ best beginner-friendly tips to help inspire you to get fit and enjoy the journey!

10 ways to find the motivation to work out

It’s normal for your motivation levels to fluctuate, but there are steps you can take to make the most out of the times you’re feeling more inspired.

The best time to plan and set your fitness goals is when you’re feeling enthusiastic about exercise, then once you have a plan in place, you won’t need to rely on motivation alone.

“Fitness has no shape or size; fitness is for everyone!” — Samantha Ortiz-Young

Here are 10 tips to help you maximise your motivation when you don’t feel like working out:

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Figure out what’s stopping you from starting

What’s preventing you from doing your first workout? Is it because you haven’t trained in a while? Do you find yourself coming up with excuses? Or maybe you don’t feel confident going back to the gym after a break? 

When you are able to articulate what’s holding you back, you can strategise ways to face these setbacks head-on so your workouts don’t feel as scary.

“Today is a new opportunity, another chance, a new beginning. EMBRACE IT” — Kayla Itsines

Improve your self-discipline

Making any change to your lifestyle requires discipline and willpower. This means being able to commit to your schedule and goals, even when the going gets tough. 

Some simple ways you can start practicing discipline include removing distractions, planning ahead and eating healthily to fuel your workouts.

“Discipline is being able to force yourself to do something, in spite of your mood, over and over until it becomes a habit — Stephanie Sanzo.
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Work out at home

You can’t always take your workout outdoors or to the gym, but you can work out at home — even if you only have a small space

When you find ways to move your body every day, you’ll begin to reap the rewards and naturally become more motivated to continue. 

Find a training style you enjoy

Working out should never feel like a chore or punishment, so if you’re struggling to commit to your workouts, it might be a sign to mix it up. 

If you’re a member of Sweat, you can schedule On Demand workouts alongside your program and try a different training style.

“Women are STRONG. I may not know you personally, but without a doubt, YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW.” — Kelsey Wells

A quick workout is better than no workout 

If you don’t have time for an hour-long workout, commit to just 20 minutes

A short workout can be just as effective and help you work towards creating a consistent routine. 

Finding ways to integrate daily movement around your other commitments can make it easier to stay on track, and trust us — once you begin to experience the benefits of working out regularly, you won’t want to give it up!

Create A Routine

Create a routine and stick to it

You probably never give a second thought to some of the activities you do every day, and that’s because they’ve become part of your daily ritual. Would you leave the house in the morning without brushing your teeth? Of course not. 

Think about your workout as a form of self-care. For example, if you usually wake up early, make it part of your morning routine then commit to it by leaving your activewear out the night before. That way when you wake up you won’t have any distractions in your way to getting that workout done! 

Another benefit of a morning workout is you’ll be less likely to come up with excuses as the day goes on.

“I think you can all agree here that we have all been a victim of temptation; where what we want most becomes less critical than what we want now.” — Chontel Duncan

Set yourself a SMART goal

The SMART framework is designed to help ensure your goals are realistic, can be reached within a certain timeframe, and are specific to your lifestyle and training habits so that you’ll be more likely to achieve them — and when you do there’s a high chance you’ll be more motivated to set the next one! 

If you’ve set goals in the past and haven’t reached them, readjust your mindset and make sure they’re achievable with consideration to your personal circumstances.

“Impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible.’” — Sjana Elise
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Consistency is key

Strength isn’t built overnight, just like it takes time to create new habits. If you are consistent with your workouts, the results will follow and you’ll want to keep chasing the challenge. 

Find someone who will keep you accountable

You are bound to have lots of questions as a fitness beginner and a workout buddy can help you feel supported and provide encouragement when you need it most! 

Join the Sweat Community

The Sweat community is one of the most supportive female fitness communities in the world and you can connect with these incredible women at any time in the Sweat Forum or on Instagram

Exchanging words of encouragement with these like-minded women can help you to feel supported on your journey, or during those last five minutes of your workout — and you might even discover friends for life!

Use these tips to get motivated to work out!

With the right mindset, you can change the thoughts and behaviours that are holding you back and become a more powerful, confident version of yourself

These workout tips are here to help you to get motivated, set your intention and create a plan to exercise regularly. It takes commitment and dedication, but the benefits will be worth it! 

Remember, the first few weeks are always the hardest! Be patient with yourself and make small, sustainable changes as you actively commit to improving your health and fitness.

What motivates you to work out? Let us know in the comments!

* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.

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