Happy Monday y’all! If you’ve been following me for a while, I try to stay active. I’m not a fitness model nor am I super skinny. I’ve got the booty and flaws just like you might have too. However, y’all know that fitness is super important to me and a part of my life. I try and work out 5-6 days a week, for a lot of reasons. One being that I just enjoy breaking a good sweat. Workin out makes me feel so much better about myself, a major stress reliever, helps me to sleep better, and it’s just good for you.
But, we’ve all been through seasons (or, are in a season.. me me me!) I’m in a MAJOR slump. There’s some factors for why I’m in a slump, we can save that for another day and time. Long story short, we all lose motivation and going at the gym is the last thing we want to do. On Styled by Sequins, I’m sharing some tips that help me when I feel like I’m in a slump and have lost that drive!
1. Set reasonable and attainable goals
If you are one who haven’t been to the gym in who knows how long or just can’t get yourself to start. I challenge you to start by setting a REASONABLE goal. No big goal will be accomplished. I know that from personal experience. For example: say to yourself, “this week I’m going to do something active for 30 minutes, 3 days this week’, or this week I’m going to go to the gym 3 times after work.” Setting a reasonable goal for myself always helps me get back in the groove. If you have not been active what so ever and starting from the beginning, I would encourage you not to tell yourself that you’re going to workout this week for an hour every single day. There’s a high high high chance that you will not achieve your goal and then just give up all together. It’s so important to set a goal that has a specific number of days, and then try and make a plan of what you’re going to do: ie, take a workout class, ask a friend to go with you, go to the gym, go on a walk with a friend, etc. The more specific your goals are for the week, the better!
2. Remember your ‘why’
Remind yourself why you are working out, or wanting to be more active. The moment that you remind yourself ‘why’ you’re doing what you’re doing it’s less tempting to get off track. I would encourage you to write the reasons why down! It can be so tempting after work to say “screw it, I’m too tired. I’m going home to have a glass of wine. “ vs going to the gym. Once you remind yourself why you started and why being active is important to you then things change. For me, some of my ‘why’s’ with working out are: I feel good in the skin I’m in, I’ll be less stressed, it will give me joy, I will feel happy and refreshed, I will be accomplished, and I know that it’s one step closer to looking good on the beach this summer… these are a few reasons that keep me motivated to stay activated.
3. Do something that gives you JOY
Whatever your goal “time” goal was, make it as fun and enjoyable for yourself. The more you do what gives you joy the more likely you’ll want to do it more and more. If you hate to run, don’t force yourself to run because you won’t. If you like group classes more then head to a group class like a pin class. If you’re more a social type when working out, then call up a friend and go on a walk or do a workout together. Personally, I don’t like to go to the gym with friends because I will talk more than actually do work, just depends on the friend too. If there’s a movie or Netflix series you love, then bring your phone or iPad on the stair master or elliptical. I love doing this for my early mornings when I don’t want to workout. If you’re an outdoorsy kind of person then take a walk outside or go for a run. I love running with my dog, Gracie Jo. Sometimes she slows me down. I recently started back with BeachBody and I love doing the workout videos in the gym studio or my garage. It breaks a killer sweat and leaves me feeling accomplished. There are SO many different ways to stay active, so make sure you pick something that you enjoy (or at least something you can tolerate!). You are much more likely to stick with your goals that way.
4. Write your goals down / tell a friend/ Share with a loved one
I’m a big believer in accontability. When I want to accomplish something I either write it down or I will share with a friend. Recently I did the 6 week FASTer Way to Fat Loss program. I told EVERYONE and their mother because I needed people to keep me accountable and understand why I was doing what I was doing. Sometimes it as overwhelming with the questions I had, but it helped me reach my goal of finishing. I think if you get something in writing, it’s MUCH more likely to actually happen…especially if you take it a step farther and tell someone to hold you accountable! Here’s my advice for y’all… set a goal each month – for example, ‘I’m going to work out at least 3 days a week, every week in April’, and then I would encourage you to tell a friend or hubby, “hey, I’m really trying to stay more active and take care of my body. I’m going to be doing blah blah and blah. Will you help hold me accountable?” You get the gist of it. But, get those goals in writing too. I write mine in notes or put a sticky note in my planner or somewhere where I’ll see them. I know some love to write notes on their mirrors or dashboard of your car or on your computer.
5. New clothes= empowerment
I know it sounds silly and kind weird, but I swear by it! When I get a new workout outfit, can’t wait to wear it to the gym or workout. It makes me feel confident and strong. Some of my favorite places to shop for workout clothes: Athleta, Lorna Jane, nordstrom. Workout clothes are seriously my weakness. It’s also a good idea to make this a reward if you meet your goal! For example, if you meet your goal in April to work out 3 days a week every week…reward yourself with a new pair of kicks or really cool leggings!
Hope these tips to staying motivated help y’all out of any rut you might be in with working out! I know these help me. Even if you’re not in a rut, I hope these help you STAY motivated and keep fighting!
Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help y’all meet your fitness goals or make it easier for you to get moving! Have a great week friends!
Love from Texas,