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8 helpful fitness motivation tips to work out

8 super helpful tips to motivate yourself to work out

8 super helpful tips to motivate yourself to work outFinding motivation to work out is half the battle so if you’re struggling, here are 8 tried & tested fitness motivation tips which will get you back on track!

These fitness motivation tips are the ones I find most useful and they usually help me to go back on track once I’ve fallen off the wagon and we all do! READ ON…

 

Fitness motivation tip 1:
As I exercise first thing in the morning (I really can’t be bothered in the evening!), I usually find that checking my favourite fitness accounts on Instagram when I’m in bed, motives me to work out in the morning. My current favourite accounts are @kaylaitsines @barrebody (stunning) @selfmagazine @clean_eating_alice (for clean eating inspo) @amberdodzweit (for badass girls) and @biancamaycheah who I found uplifting and beautiful.

Fitness motivation tip 2:
The other thing I do is treating myself with new gear and January is the perfect time to do so when the sale kick in.
Always style-conscious, I love wearing all black when I work out. It kind of limit the damages when I’m out of shape and it looks sleek when I’m fit again. Nike has always been a favourite of mine. I love their running tights which I use for my HIIT.
For yoga, I prefer using Sweaty Betty gear and I swear by their Grip Dot Yoga Towel which dries out very quickly and is fantastic when I do Bikram yoga and their yoga mats are the best. Mango has also a good selection and Primark too where I found a black dry-quick top for £8 last time I was in London. I also love the sports bra from Lucas Hugh available on Net-A-Porter. So here a few things on my wishlist I spotted in the sale…

5 fitness goodies to grab in the Sale-11. this leopard-print dry-FIT sports bra (30% OFF) by Nike
2. This Sloppy Joe sweatshirt in grey marl from Hush. I also like this sweatshirt (£75) by Madewell (not in the sale).
3. This gym bag (33% OFF) from Mango and these stretch gloves by FALK(the thumbs and forefingers are touchscreen)
4. These Leopard-print sneakers by Isabel Marant (50%OFF)
5. These Adidas leggings by Stella McCartney (30%OFF), these (40% OFF) or these stretch-mesh leggings by Nike

Fitness motivation tip 3:
I practise visualisation which you may do anytime but I usually use the last few minutes before falling asleep to visualise a fitter and slimmer version of myself. I also visualise my well-being and remember how good I felt about myself when I was taking care of myself, feeding my body nutrients and how positively high I felt after exercising once the endorphins had kicked in.

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Fitness motivation tip 4:
I work out with a friend who may well be on the other side of the world but we keep each other accountable via WhatsappFacebook or Instagram. Usually, I motivate myself but as my dad’s death knocked me off, this time, I have asked Steve to be my fitness coach until my willpower goes back to its normal level. His job is to make sure I train when I’m supposed to and I finish both circuits, my job is to just do them so there is no time-wasting drama in my head.

Fitness motivation tip 5:
I make my health and fitness a priority. If I have work commitments, travels etc, I schedule my workouts ahead and put them in a diary. I also plan catching up diners with my girlfriends in places which will be FODMAPs, gluten-free friendly (like a Japanese restaurant) and will enable me to stay on track food wise.

Fitness motivation tip 6:
I make sure I get enough sleep too. You can not be healthy or stay motivated if you’re really tired. Sleep is legitimately the basis of all my healthy decisions and I normally work well with 7 hours sleep. My goal this year is to set up a bedtime routine and set the alarm 15 minutes before my bedtime to remind me that it’s time to leave my laptop, take care of my face and put my phone in airplane mode to sleep better.

Fitness motivation tip 7:
Don’t compare yourself to others. Being inspired by other people is great but do not compare yourself to others or people you see on Instagram. Everyone is different, just focus on your own things and don’t aim for perfection: “You don’t have to be good at it, you just have to do it!”8 helpful tips to motivate yourself to work out

Fitness motivation tip 8:

After two months off, I’m finally back in “the zone” which means that my healthy habits are back in place:

– I drink my 2.5 Lt of water a day to clear my skin
– I have half a lemon squeezed into a glass of lukewarm water to clear my digestive system first thing in the morning,
– I take probiotics (avoid so-called probiotic yogurts which are high in sugar)
– I do HIIT (high-intensity interval training) three times/week and LISS (low-intensity steady state) twice/week
– Watch my portions and record what I eat on myfitnesspal
– Snack on fruits and proteins
– and this month, Steve and I are going alcohol free like last year (read about this guy who hasn’t had a drink for two years)

Building good habits is one of the most important things I did these past few year with nutrition. These 5 healthy habits are easy to pick up and once you’ve mastered them, add a few more.

Making small, manageable changes that last is definitively the one thing that sends the right signal back to my brain and says: “This is it, let’s do this!” If I have a day off or an evening fuelled with alcohol, drinking that lemon juice first thing in the morning, 1.5 Lt of water by the time it’s lunch time and have a delicious, healthy breakfast will definitively help me to re-set my mind and be focused rather than having another day off and another one and another one. The same way, these healthy habits lure me back after a 2-month break.
I’m a foodie but I found that if I go back to my healthy, clean-eating habits, within a week or two, I feel like working out again.

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12 Comments

  1. Yes, I must get back to the gym, I’m in danger of turning into a cushion that just sits on the sofa in front of the TV every evening, these long evenings don’t help….

    • Try to walk at least 30 min a day to get some fresh air. When I was hit by mild depression 2/3 years ago, I really struggled to find the motivation to work out but I started walking to work (45 min) and little by little, I felt like doing more. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do something. Good luck!! I will be checking on you :-)

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  5. Eating nutritious foods and staying hydrated is of great importance. I try to keep good eating habits and try to ensure that I get my workouts in by scheduling them in my calendar. If I don’t set time aside for them ahead of time, I unfortunately skip them. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  6. Cavakia Therlonge says

    Glad I decided to read your blog because these tips are very practical and useful. I’ve always encourage fitness clients to use clothing as a motivator and visualization.

  7. Awesome tips. I think that one of the best pieces of advice is to not compare yourself to others. While it’s almost impossible to do, putting in the effort is well worth it. You are on your own fitness journey! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I have been working on getting in shape for a while now but I don’t always have time to do the workouts that I want to. I am going to be getting a new work schedule so hopefully, I’ll be able to make it to a fitness center. I’ll have to keep these tips in mind, thank you for sharing!

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