I was told the other day that I am one of the only people she knows who genuinely loves workouts– and that is actually true for the most part (hello endorphins and abs!), but even I struggle sometimes. Here are some of the things that have personally helped me the most stay consistent:
- My accountability groups— running these groups monthly (I have two starting today– hey guys!). Knowing that I am going to check in with them daily, and that I log on and see their check ins helps SO much. And what’s even better is that they are women who are in the same boat but all around the world– seeing friends from China, South Carolina, Washington, Texas, and down the street from me is motivating because I know I’m not alone but it also makes me accountable as a leader.
- Making a plan and sticking to it. I literally have my workouts printed out on my meal plan calendar on my fridge– I know exactly what workout I’m doing each day so I don’t sit around and twiddle my thumbs! Being able to do killer workouts from my living room or garage helps me not have the excuses too– I don’t have time to drive to the gym, so having a plan that works for me helps me stay consistent.
- Finding a program that works for YOU and sticking to it. I am not a runner– I don’t love it and have some old knee injuries from my days of owning horses, so it’s not a great fit for me. I LOVE workouts like Hammer and Chisel which combine strength training, cardio, and plyometrics, so I am more apt to stick with those daily because I genuinely see results and it makes it easier to push through on the workouts I don’t love quite as much. I know what I need to stay healthy and see results, so I choose my programs accordingly.
- Making time to do it. I think this is the hardest for a lot of people. As your life circumstances change, you have to adjust. Your workout times as a new mom aren’t going to be the same as they were in college! As Caleb has grown, my workout times have shifted from nap times to late at night, to now early morning, but even though the times change, my commitment to it has not. It’s a date on my planner that I will not cancel. This is one of the reasons that I love programs like the 21 Day Fix/Fix Extreme and cannot wait to start the 22 Minute Hard Corps this next week– I don’t have hours free to spend in the gym, so something quick and effective is much better for me these days.
- Rewarding yourself. When I completed Hammer and Chisel I went out and bought some cute new workout clothes from Target– somehow that helps getting up early to do it (shallow, but somehow effective). Dress for success helps me!
Do you have ways that you keep yourself motivated? I would love to hear! If you’re interested in joining my next accountability group, I would LOVE to have you. Just fill out the form below for some more info: