When you are exercising it is easy to lose motivation. Sure, that first week you hit the gym every day
and go hard, but it rarely lasts. Your body is a bit sore so you miss a day, or your favourite TV show is having a special so you cut your gym time short. It can go on and on like this until you find you are lucky to do 30 minutes of exercise all week! Here are some handy tips to keep you motivated and exercising all year round.
Take It to the Streets
Doing the same thing every day
is boring, and let’s face it: you aren’t going to work out if you are bored. Try working through your exercise routine outside to get some fresh air and sunlight. Find a nice park or outdoor gym set, or even try to find a quiet moment at the children’s playground. Trust me, those monkey bars are hard work when you’re over four feet tall!
Play a Game
Another way I like to change it up is to play a video or arcade game that requires you to move. I only do this maybe once every month or so, since it isn’t a particularly hardcore workout. Still, it gets the heart pumping. My personal favourite is Just Dance on Wii. Make it a little harder by doing sit-ups, squats, push-ups, or jumping jacks between each dance routine.
Sign Up for It
If there is an exercise class that you are considering trying but you are a little unsure about, sign up! You may have doubts such as: “It might be too hard”, “I don’t want to be sweaty and then have to go straight to work”, or “The class finishes late, I don’t want to eat that late”. But these are just excuses not to be a better you. Sign up for it, pay the money and go. Once you are signed up for something it is a little harder to rationalise not going.
A great motivator for me is visual inspiration. I like to put up pictures in my room of people I aspire to be like, and quotes that motivate me. Flick through a couple of magazines and search the web for things that inspire you. Glue them on a poster or stick them up on your wall for motivation. To keep you going, write motivational phrases on sticky notes and leave them around your house, throughout your day planner, or on a calendar. Check out motivational Instagrams and Pinterest pages for extra inspiration.
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So get motivated, stay motivated and change things up to keep exercising that bikini bod all year round!
Mikaela Weyland-Smith — Pulp Nature Contributor and Intern – Autoimmune Allyby
Mikaela is a vibrant 19 year old dancer from Sydney, Australia. She moved to Texas in mid 2012 and discovered her passion for writing. She loves all things fashion and beauty and will be bringing you the latest trends and tips. This autoimmune ally loves hanging out with her friends and baking gluten-free goodies!View all Mikaela Weyland-Smith posts.