Tone-It-Up Tuesday: Motivation Edition

Good beautiful Tuesday morning, everyone!

I want to chat with you about how to get motivated to workout and STAY motivated but first let me give you an update on my recent quest to eat more veggies.

Last week, I made sure to have vegetables at every meal (except breakfast, come on people: I.just.can't.) I can honestly say that I have learned to love certain vegetables: butternut squash, cauliflower, mushrooms, zucchini, spinach. Finding creative ways to cook them was a lot of fun last week and I cannot wait to keep these habits going. My meal planning for this week has vegetables all throughout. I am proud of myself and happy to admit it!

Okay...now back to the topic at hand: how to stay motivated to work out. I will admit that sometimes I wake up in the morning and tell myself "gosh, I do not want to work out," "I just want to sleep", "one day not working out won't matter." Those are all excuses. YES, rest days are very important and I make sure to have at least 1 rest day a week. However, there is a big difference between rest days and not working out because you just don't want to. Read below if you (like everyone else) need a push every now and then.

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Workouts: How To Get Motivated and Stay Motivated  

  • Just do it. I promise that once you start working out after 5, maybe 10, minutes you will be SO glad you did it. You will find your work out groove and keep going.  
  • Think about how you feel after a workout.  I feel SO proud, happy and strong after I work out. I feel like I can conquer the day and put my best foot forward.
  • Work out because your body CAN work out. What I mean by that is be grateful that we have bodies that allow us to work out. Think about all of those people who would love to be able to lace up their tennis shoes but cannot because of a physical obstacle. Work out for those people and be grateful for all we are blessed with.
  • Suck it up now and you won't have to suck it IN later. Enough said on that one. Work outs bring results. And you know that those results can be a beautiful thing.
  • Think of working out as therapy or "me" time.  Working out is amazing for the body and can also be amazing for the spirit. When I'm working out, I focus on me and center my thoughts. It gives me time to process my feelings and reach a better place.
  • It's good for you. Working out is great for making us look better but more importantly: it's amazing for our health.
  • Workout with a friend. This always helps me motivation and the time just flies by when I have a friend by my side. :)
  • Take a group exercise class . Being around other people who are working their butts off: yeah, you will work your butt off too. Working out with a community of people is so inspiring to me. We are all in this together.
  • Sign up for a race or make a work out plan.  Both of these make you hold yourself accountable and you are more likely to work out.
  • Reward yourself. Get a treat if you really worked out hard. Make a plan like: "If I follow this work out plan for a month, I will get a set of new work out clothes or buy those skinny jeans I've always wanted."

Question: How do you motivate yourself to work out? What are some of your tips? Please share!