Summer is officially just a few days away. With the amazing weather, it has been easier for me to stay motivated and moving. Walk, run, hike, bike, swim, stretch…it’s all good. Just a dose of fresh air and some activity can change a rough day into a nice day. If you are moving each day, it can be exciting at first. The trick is how do we make this sticky? How do we stay motivated? How do we just do it?
I believe that so much of our workouts are psychological. Just showing up is often times the hardest part. Here are a few tips and tricks that I find essential in sticking with your healthy workout habits.
Set a goal
Many people do great when they take a step and sign up for an event. Saturday June 29th, several of my students are walking and running in a local 5K race at Independence Grove. Race starts at 8:00 a.m. and a portion of proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. When we create a goal and are invested, it can keep us challenged and motivated to stick with our training routines. Also, its motivating, inspiring, and fun to be around so many energetic people!
Picture future you. As you are preparing to exercise or even during your activity, picture the initial catalyst that sparked you showing up in the first place. Perhaps you had bad blood work results? You may desire to be healthy enough to see your kids grow, get married, and have kids of their own. Would you like to be the grandparent playing kickball in the yard with the kids? Maybe you imagine yourself lean and trim for an upcoming event. See yourself walking through the grocery store filling your cart up with cucumbers and kale! During your run, picture yourself strong and fast as you head into the finish line on race day. I believe that visualization is a powerful tool for us to achieve many of our goals and dreams in life.
What’s your mantra?
Mantra: an expression or idea that is repeated, often without thinking about it, and closely associated with something. – Bing Dictionary.
Your mantra could be anything that means something to you! My students know one of mine: You can do 30 seconds of …anything! Fill in the blank here to fuel yourself. I can do one mile of anything! I can do a week of anything! I can do an hour of anything! Have several “go to” mantras to stay motivated.
Find a partner in crime
Sometimes I relish in the solitude of a walk or run alone. Ah…! However, I am usually much more apt to work at a higher intensity and have a lot more fun if I am in the company of a workout partner or group. If you are not alone you are much less likely to cancel your session, the time goes by faster, you will be viewed objectively, and you can celebrate your success with friends! Check out what chicagonow.com has to say about this!
Many times I know my students are grunting, groaning, and grimacing to achieve gain. It is in those moments that I will say…smile! You can’t help but forget, for just a moment, about the strain your body is enduring and simply enjoy that working out is a privilege!
I would love to hear how you stay motivated in your quest for health!