Finding motivation to work out is tough, I’ll admit that. I work 12+ hours a day starting from 6:30AM to whenever we get done… The only time I get the chance to go to the gym is after long hours of standing and walking around at work. It really is tough, but it’s definitely feasible and worth it in the end. I’ve been working out constantly for about 4 months now, going 4-5 days a week. Motivation is the key to a better workout. I’m writing to give y’all my personal 5 most important tips to keep me motivated each week.
- Pay To Workout!
When I was in college, I tried to go to the free gym on campus every week but that didn’t work out at all! When I started paying for gym membership, everything changed. Whenever I don’t go, I feel like I’m wasting all my hard-earned money. However, if you rather work out at home, you can also buy a ton of workout gear. I recommend gymshark.com. Gymshark ranges from leggings, to sports bra and workout socks. Their outfits are incredibly fashionable and comfortable, which is why I highly recommend them. Aside from workout clothes, you can also invest in protein shakes. The one that I use is bpisports.com‘s Best Protein.
Let me just tell you, THIS PROTEIN TASTES LIKE A DELICIOUS MILKSHAKE, NOT KIDDING!!! The one I got is Cookies and Cream flavor and it tastes so good!! I highly highly recommend if you care about having a good tasting protein shake to drink after an intense workout.
So yes. Paying to workout will get you going, I promise.
- Track Your Fitness Journey
3 months into working out and I gotta say that I’m extremely proud of myself. Even though changes are not drastic, I can still notice a major difference in my #bootygains and abs. Don’t expect dramatic changes in a short amount of time because that’s not probable and you will burn out quickly. Take an initial photo, and examine what it is that you want to work on. Take pictures on a biweekly/monthly basis and you will see subtle changes in your body. That way, you will realize that all your hard work is paying off and you will less likely burn out. For instance, when I took that July photo, I realized that my abs and booty need some work, so I focused on those body parts more than others like arms and shoulders. I know that my body is far from perfect but these photos give me motivation to keep going to better myself.
- Look Forward to Cheat Meals!
This is probably my biggest motivator, not gonna lie.. I work at a clinic, so naturally we get a lot of gifts (mostly desserts!) from our patients. During some of our more stressful days, I would “accidentally” eat 4 chocolate chip muffins in a single morning. Even though I did feel a lot of guilt, I would tell myself to work extra hard that day to burn off all those calories. Now, I’m not saying that you should eat junk food all the time, but no one is perfect and people do lose control once in a while. Instead of dwelling on what you ate, focus on what workout you will do to burn those calories off. Also, don’t limit yourself to only eating healthy food because that why you will burn out quickly. I recommend eating 1-2 cheat meals a week. Cheat meals are important to not only avoid burnout, but also to treat yourself to a good meal after a fierce week at the gym. Keep in mind, this is solely based on my personal experiences with working out, I’m not a professional body builder. For a more professional advice, I recommend bodybuilding.com and they have a great read on cheat meals. Article can be found here: https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/cheat_meal_use.htm
- Keep a Journal of Your Workout Plan!
This is an example of my day-to-day workout plan. It helps me keep track of when I’m working out, what body parts I’m working on and what workouts I will be doing. I like to plan a week ahead so I feel organized and motivated to go. I also like to change up the workouts every week so I keep things fresh to avoid repetitiveness. If you are a homegirl who is obsessed with colorful notes (like me yay!), then I highly recommend adding some color in your workout plans so it will be easier to read and also fun to write! If you are unsure of what workouts to do, PINTEREST will be your life girl! There are literally thousands of a single body part workout so you can switch it up every week. Follow me for future uploads of my favorite workouts!
- Follow Workout Gurus on Social Media!
Instagram: There are tons of fitness men/women that post their exercises and their daily motivation. The women I follow are: Chloe Ting, Jen Selter, stayfitandtravel, Fitness Health & Exercises. I gain so much more motivation whenever I see others working as hard as I am.
Youtube: I follow Stephi Nguyen, Chloe Ting, Stayfitandtravel, LucyLFitness, Blogilates, Gabriella Whited. These youtubers post consistent workout videos and healthy diets. Like I said before, I love changing around my workouts to avoid burnouts. Well, these youtubers show audiences all of the best workouts with variations and some have a video of an entire 40 minutes workout. If you are lacking motivation, I suggest looking up these (or other) fitness youtubers. They give you a step-by-step workout on good posture, number of sets and reps and what body parts a certain machine is designed for.
HOWEVER, when following these individuals on social media, don’t compare your own bodies to theirs. Keep in mind that those individuals have been working out for years and years, so naturally they are more fit. Don’t expect to look like them after only a short amount of time. Utilize these individuals for your own motivation, not to compare yourself in a negative manner.
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Have a blessed day and don’t forget to look for your daily dose of happiness~ ❤