Thursday, July 12, 2012

Staying Motivated!

Everyday this summer, I wake up, and I instantly have the desire to go workout hard, and for a very long time. Oh wait, no. I don't. I in fact wake up most mornings and tell myself that I'm not going to workout today. I make up an excuse like the need to get wedding things done or the need for a rest day (which is valid when true) or the need to watch Live with Kelly at 10 while drinking coffee. None of those will keep me in shape, get me ready for upcoming races, or help me fit into my wedding dress in 9 days (shameless wedding plug).

In the past couple of weeks, though, I figured out my secret at least for getting off the couch and heading to the gym. I think this would also work for people at work that think they don't want to go to the gym on the way home (because it's been a long day or because you don't know what you're making for dinner or because you just don't want to...all things that I experience when school's in). 

And here's another place where social media comes in so handy.

Step 1. 
Follow a few people on twitter who workout a lot and talk about it (suggestions: FitSugar, FitFluential, BlondePonytail, Runner's World). After they're followed, just get on twitter. It should look something like this:
Step 2.
Spend 3 minutes on Pinterest visiting your motivation or working out board and promise yourself you won't pin anything (that would just cause a delay in working out).
If you don't have a motivation or inspiration or workout board, start one! Then start pinning pictures of people you want to look like, quick workouts (like the commercial workout to do during tv commercials or the shower workout to do anytime before you get in the shower), and quotes that inspire you! Then, you can refer to it!

Step 3.
Drink some caffeine or eat something with sugar to get a rush. I've been choosing caffeine lately and it's been getting me off the couch to get the workout clothes on.

Step 4.
Turn on your workout playlist. Either on your computer or on your phone, turn on just a few seconds of a few of the songs that really pump you up? Need some ideas? 
Here are a couple of my playlists on spotify you could pull from.
By this point...hopefully you've got some adrenaline flowing and you're ready to throw on your gym clothes. Don't think. Just put on those gym clothes, put your shoes on, close your eyes and go! Whether it's hitting the pavement for a run or getting in the car to head to the gym, just go with it. Don't think about it until you're there. Once you've spent a few minutes on it,  your body will take over!

And when you get back from you workout...go visit my guest post on Cait's blog.

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Meghan @ Shine On said...

Love this post! Thanks for sharing (especially the workout songs!!).


KatSnF said...

Great suggestions for motivation in this post girl! Thanks for the twitter snapshot too ;) Makes the drenched aftermath of my runs not so bad ;)

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

Love this post, thanks for all the great motivation ideas!! I found you over at Cait's blog - and since you spell your name the same as me - I had to check you out!! I'm a new follower!!

Lydia - Running Wild(er) said...

Love step 1 and 2 - so true!

Katie said...

Great tips! My tried and true is to complain to a friend about how much I don't want to work out, and they'll yell at me until I do it. Hahaha

still being [molly] said...

girl it's like you're speaking right to me... i am so unmotivated to work out right now. by the time i get home from work all i wanna do it sit my butt on the couch and eat LOL - thanks for these tips girl!

Carly said...

Playlist is key! So is posting on twitter that I'm going to work out....then it's embarrassing it I don't!


Kindra said...

love this! Im always referring to my Fitness Board for inspiration :)

Not So Newlyweds said...

Motivation is SO hard for me. I actually find it easier during the summer because I have NOTHING else to do. I'm done with grad school and I'm only teaching piano lessons. I actually feel guilty if I don't get my butt up and moving, where during the school year I'm so exhausted when I come home I just want to do nothing. I'm hoping I get myself into such a good routine this summer that I start feeling guilty when school starts (and I have no excuse because I'm not going to classes 3 days a week). Thanks for the inspiration!!

Jessica said...

I get unmotivated easily when it comes to working out. The hardest part is going out and getting started.I love your lead quote!

Meghan said...

Amen, lady! My biggest motivation is buying coffee at the end of my workout, so I can then sit on the couch and catch up with my shows!

The Pink Growl said...

thanks for sharing the songs, I've been looking for new ones. They really help with my motiviation!

Emily grapes said...

This is a great post! I love how YOU get motivated! I'm so bad at talking my self out of working out, especially first thing in the morning.

When I would workout in the am, I'd have to sing a song the moment I woke up so I couldn't talk myself out of it. haha it worked!

Now, the moment I get home from work, I DON'T sit down and instead go straight into my room and change into my workout gear. That's the only way!
Emily at Amazing Grapes

this free bird said...

You're way ahead of me. I see those tweets, roll over and go back to sleep. I figure I'm doing it for them. Someone's gotta get rest. HAHAHAHA!!

Beka said...

<3 this post!!!! I struggle with the same thing everyday! Having the blog and lots of motivated (or not!) friends helps push me to a workout. :) I think it's huge that we all keep each other motivated!

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