Yes, I know this New Year’s resolution is the most cliche, worn out and basic way to start out 2017, BUT it is something that is important to go ahead and get out of the way. We all want to get fit in the upcoming year, but everyone has a different motivation to actually do it. I shared my New Year’s resolutions with you all earlier this month, and today I am talking about how to motivate yourself to accomplish your goal to get fit!
I am an avid runner and my training always falls to the wayside during the football season. Well, this past football season was a little more hectic than usual, and I found myself lacing up a lot less than normal. Now that we are already in 2017, I am ready to get my workout schedule back in gear and start the new year off right.
Here are the ways I am motivating myself to get my butt back in gear!
Sign Up For A Class
I typically have the same routine when it comes to my workout schedule. I run on most days and then do light strength training on others. I love running, but sometimes the monotonous schedule can get boring. There is a huge variety of classes offered here in Baton Rouge, and this year I plan to take advantage of this. I am going to revisit my favorite yoga studio and start classes at TreadBR, which I have wanted to do for a while now. I went to my first class this week at TreadBR and enjoyed it so much that I am setting up a giveaway so you can also score a month of unlimited classes!
Set A Goal
One of the best ways for me to get motivated is to sign up for a race. I have ran a handful of half-marathons since I started running after college, and the feeling of completing one is purely amazing. It also helps that my family has been super supportive of me and has traveled as far as San Francisco and Washington D.C. to watch me run. Whatever your goal may be, write it in your calendar, sign up, tell someone and get it done! When I pay for that registration fee, I am more motivated to train since I am already invested.
Find a Buddy
I love to run, because I like to run alone, so this is kind of contradictory to what I do. I was never on any team sports growing up, and with running, I don’t have to think about anyone else but myself. That sounds kind of bad when you say it out loud, but it’s true. I get my best thinking done, and I don’t have to worry about keeping pace with anyone else. However, having a buddy can definitely make you feel more accountable to your planned workouts. And, when you become an adult everyone’s schedules get so busy that you can knock two things out at once and hang out with your girlfriends while you get your exercise in!
My favorite place to do any type of workout is outside. I can’t stand running on the treadmill and will only do it under dire conditions. The way I see it with running is once you run somewhere outside, you have to run (or at least walk) to get home. You can’t just turn off the machine whenever you feel like it. We took these particular pictures at the Louisiana State Capitol, and it felt so good to get outside on a beautiful Baton Rouge day. Sometimes I find myself going to the same places I always go to run, so this year I am going to make a point to run at some new locations. The best way to see a city is to run it.
Buy A New Outfit
This is clearly my favorite way to get the motivation I need to jump back into my running routine. Shea bought me quite the collection of lululemon this year for Christmas, and I have no issue with receiving workout gear as a present. However, I do need to start wearing all of my lulu gear for actually working out instead of wearing it to work and to run errands around town. Lululemon and Nike are my go-to brands for workout gear, and I am lucky these items can also be worn to the office on some days.
I hope some of these ideas will help y’all get that motivation to hit the pavement, get outside and be active! Like I have said before, my overall attitude is much better on multiple levels when I am running regularly and being active. It is what’s best for me and my husband! What are some of the ways you get motivated to get your routine back in gear? I would love to hear, so I can add them to my list!