Hi guys! It’s hump day, and I pretty much just want to take a nap. Can we do that?
No? I have to go to work and not wear pajamas? Fine. Let’s talk about fitness motivation instead then. Mainly because I’ve been needing some this week, thanks to being extra sleepy from earlier wake up calls and longer days at work.
Since I’m trying to leave the tail end of this week + weekend relatively free because of some work meetings and birthday celebrating (someone’s turning a year older on Tuesday – party hat securely ON!), I’ve moved all my runs up to earlier in the week to be more accommodating… which meant a run Monday and then some tired legs yesterday that didn’t want to enjoy back-to-back run days.
After I found myself curled up on my sofa in my gym clothes for, oh, 40 minutes, not running last night, my mind started wandering into procrastination fueled thoughts of what motivates me to be fit and squeeze in a workout as part of my regular routine.
To be honest, I’ve never had much trouble motivating myself to workout – I actually genuinely enjoy going to the gym. Weirdo, I know. For me, an overall feeling of being strong and comfortable in my body, as well as continuing to fit into my clothes are enough to do the trick most days. I do not have the time or budget to have to buy a whole new wardrobe, people. Nobody got time for that.
But let’s be real– those are all well and good as fitness motivation, but sometimes, even with those in the back of your mind, it’s still hard to push yourself onto a treadmill after a long day at the office (especially if you’ve hit your workout witching hour). Ugh. Here are my personal MEGA motivators – the kicks in the butt that literally get me to lace up my sneakers:
- My health
- Stress (working out, particularly running, is SUCH a head-clearer
- A fitness goal, i.e., a race
I am way too Type A to ever want to feel a. under-prepared once I get to the starting line, or b. to feel like I’m not doing my personal best at a race.
If you’re waning interest in working out and need a goal or push, an athletic or fitness challenge is one of the best options out there, in my opinion. It gives you a goal and some type of deadline that can help compel you to get your workout in.
Other tried and true sources of fitness motivation:
- Workout buddies
- Workout classes
- Planning out your workouts ahead of time <– pencil it into your calendar as a mandatory appointment!
- Motivational quotes
Like all of the sidewalk chalk quotes I came across on my run this past Saturday around Mission Bay?
Ohmigosh. I am such a sucker for quotes of any kind, and the ones that are more inspirational for overcoming challenges or pushing myself to be better? Winning.
Also winning: it’s raining today in California! Hallelujah.
On that note, it’s back to work for me!
p.s. In case you’re wondering, I did eventually give myself a forceful enough pep talk to get my booty out the door to the gym for some time on bike and elliptical (i.e., not running). And it was, as always, worth it.
What motivates YOU to stay fit or get a workout in each day?