It takes 21 days to create a habit, and 90 days to turn a good habit into a lifestyle. Staying motivated is the key to reconditioning your mind for success. Here are some smart ways to push yourself toward creating the lifestyle you want.
- Set a goal – Register early for a 5k race, join a team sport. Whatever it is, define it, set a day, and commit to an exercise regime that will keep you on track to accomplish your goal.
- Set a workout time – Have you ever told yourself you were going to workout at 6 o’clock, then you sat on (more like melted into) the couch and 6 turned to 7, then 8, until deciding “tomorrow morning” would be a better time? Instead, try to work out at the same time each day so it becomes a daily routine. Sleep in your workout clothes if it helps you roll out of the bed to the gym faster in the A.M., or go straight to the gym after work without even stopping at home to eliminate excuses.
- Make it cost you – Sign up for a monthly unlimited class. This will jumpstart your workout routine and if the initial cost isn’t enough motivation to keep you from skipping, the $20-$30 late cancellation fee will be.
- Compete with a buddy – Make a pact with a friend. $50 to whoever logs better stats in Fitbit or the Nike Running app. Keep tally of who sends more Snap Chats (which can also serve as progress pics for personal use) from the gym. Loser at the end of the month buys dinner and winner gets bragging rights. A little healthy competition never hurt anyone. It’s a great way to hold one another accountable and the monetary aspect adds incentive.
- Try a mindful workout approach – Combining mindfulness with working out is like a two for one deal. Training your mind and body at the same time allows you to harness the energy from your workout and apply it to other aspects in your life. Imagine your workout as more of a moving meditation. Here is how: Start by dedicating your workout to something or someone. I encourage you to think of a deeper intention than simply getting abs. Instead, focus on reasons that have nothing to do with how you look. Think along the lines of – Nailing that presentation at work, “healing” a sick relative, or finally launching your side business. The more energy you put toward your workout, the more energy is dedicated to your intention. Tying this significance to your workout makes it bigger than just going for a run, and will push you to go the extra mile.
- Reward yourself – I literally draw a smiley face (with pink highlighter) on my calendar to mark the days I’ve stayed on track. Each 45-min workout followed by a healthy breakfast is complete with a smiley. If I have more than 20 smileys at the end of the month, I reward myself with a new pair of shoes (naturally) Choose what motivates YOU. Now tie your hair back and make yourself work for it! YOU GOT THIS!
What is your biggest motivator to hit the gym? Comment below!