From Erika Bloom, Pilates Expert and Founder of Erika Bloom Pilates
Let’s face it, working out can be a challenge both mentally and physically. Sometimes the biggest hurdle can be just showing up in the first place. I always tell my clients to think about how they feel post-workout (energized, accomplished, strong, glowing), as well as to remind themselves of their health and fitness goals in general. If those aren’t enough, here are some of my favorite inspirational tips and ways to stay motivated to work out:
1. Choose a workout you love. If it’s gratifying and you look forward to it, you’re more likely to stick to it.
2. Instead of going out for dinner or brunch, take a workout class with friends. Having others join in makes your workout more enjoyable and makes you accountable to show up.
3. Have your main workout (i.e. Pilates) but mix it up around that to keep it exciting and to cross train your body to stay healthy.
4. Mix up your workouts throughout the week between higher intensity workouts and mind-body practices so neither your body nor you will get worn out.
5. Keep a set of workout clothes with you, at your office, and at home so you can squeeze in a workout on a break or still make your workout if your schedule shifts.
6. Workouts are not just for making you look good – they offer stress relief, improved mental health, improved circulation, prevent aches and pain, and ward off aging. Remembering that will keep you from wrapping your motivation up in to body image issues and keep you going back.
7. Create short term goals that are achievable. For example, I set a goal of doing at least four workouts per week, and I often achieve more.
8. Schedule your workouts on to your calendar in a realistic way and then stick to them like it’s a requirement or an important meeting.
9. Have a home workout program that you can do when getting out to your workout class or gym just isn’t possible. I do half my workouts each week at home before my kids wake up or after they go to sleep. For my clients, I send personalized videos or Facetime with them when they can’t get in to the studio.
10. Remember that any amount of exercise is better than none. Even if you have 15 minutes, do something. In fact studies show that 15 minutes a day consistently is better than super hard, long workouts sporadically.