1. Set Goals and Work Towards Them–Have you ever heard of SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant, and Time-Bound)? Well, they apply to health and wellness too. Set some SMART goals for yourself then start working towards those goals. Your goal(s) could be tighter abs, more muscle definition, the ability to run 1/3/10/26 miles, etc. Whatever it is, make sure you are realistic and honest with yourself as you write your goals. Ask someone who really knows you to review them and “gut check” them for you. And after you set your goals, take action! When you start making progress you’ll be motivated to keep going. Oh, and what happens when you reach your goals? Go ahead and set new ones!
2. Prepare for Splurges–I think everyone likes to splurge every so often, right? I know I do! I feel far less guilty about my splurge if I’ve exercised beforehand. As an example, my weakness is dessert and I typically have an indulgent dessert on Saturdays. Since I know that’s going to happen, I always workout on Saturday mornings. HARD. That way, I feel less guilty about eating chocolate cake in the evening!
3. Skinny Jeans–They are so popular, right? They are also very unforgiving. What I mean is, it’s hard to hide weight gain in a pair of skinny jeans. That’s why they are a motivating tool. After you’ve started making progress towards your goals (Tip #1), I suggest getting a pair of skinny jeans and make sure you look great in them. The color of the jeans don’t really matter, but if you want to challenge yourself get a light color (i.e., white, grey, pink). Light colors are especially unforgiving. If you love how you look in the skinny jeans, you’ll want to wear them right? That means you’ll be more inclined to eat clean, be proactive regarding splurges, and stick to your goals.
Now that you have 3 tips to keep yourself motivated to workout, what will you do next? I encourage you to set your SMART goals now, then start making progress towards those goals. Afterward, go ahead and implement tips 2 and 3. Once you do this, you’ll be less tempted to forgo your workout and more likely to stick to your workout regimen!
Mrs. Traylor is a Fitness Instructor, NASM Certified Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach, AFPA Certified Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness Specialist, wife, and momma who provides actionable advice for positive lifestyle changes with fitness, nutrition, and wellness. Read about Wendy’s inspiring entrepreneurial journey, and subscribe to Wendy’s newsletter here!