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6 Ways to Improve Workout Motivation

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.

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  1. 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.lani mcguire training for marathon
  2. 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.lani mcguire exercises on the cadillac
  3. 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.lani mcguire pilates instructor hand stands
  4. 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.lani mcguire pilates instructor
  5. 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.lani mcguire stretching
  6. 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!lani mcguire just do it

What is your biggest motivator to hit the gym? Comment below!

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  • Reply wanderlustts March 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Hahaha omg this was a little hard for me because I had stopped working out for about a year now so it feels pretty guilty. But what i can say is that i do agree that working out was definitely a lot easier with a friend there – it just feels like they’re in the same position as you and its quite comforting and motivating when you have something with you together on your goal.
    also rewarding yourself is so important – its good not to lose sight of your own happiness on the goal of just staying fit!


    • Reply Lani McGuire March 17, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Take this as a sign its time for you to get back into your old workout routine! And I absolutely agree, working out with a buddy makes it all 100x better, and it also makes you even tighter friends xx

  • Reply Aimara March 17, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    OMG girl what a great post! First of all you are a hottie! Major body goals!!
    And I needed to read this, wrote down some of these because I am sooooo guilty of not going to the gym (even though I have a membership) and not eating healthy.
    Thanks for the inspo!

  • Reply Maggie March 17, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I’m digging the reward yourself kind of motivation. Lol. I have an incredibly difficult time in motivating myself to going to the gym. If I sign up for classes, I’m just going to waste money, but I like making it a routine. I used to run times out of the week and it became a habit. If I didn’t run 3 times, I’d feel gross and antsy. I really need to pick up this habit again. Thanks for the reminder!

    Maggie S.

    • Reply Lani McGuire March 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      I feel the same way! Get your body back into that routine, to the point your body actually craves the exercise that is so good for you xx

  • Reply Christine Kong March 17, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Wow I LOVE these tips!! I have been trying to be consistent with my workouts and have been keeping it up for three weeks. I think your tips are different than others I’ve heard and really am going to try and use them to keep me motivated for 90 days till I make it a true habit to workout. You look amazing and definitely are my motivation. Thanks for inspiring me! Xoxo, Christine

  • Reply Helen Chik March 18, 2017 at 12:43 am

    I made a goal this year that I would get fitter and I still haven’t joined a gym yet but I definitely think that I need to make it cost me so it pressures me into going! You look amazing btw – serious body goals!

    Helen xx

  • Reply Jennifer Lee Quattrucci March 18, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Wow !!! First of all your incredibly amazing figure speaks for itself and these tips are extremely motivating. I love the idea of making it cost you and also using the Fitbit and snap. It’s true you really do have to make the effort until it becomes a habit. It’s so worth it to invest your time into yourself in this way.

  • Reply Aldora March 18, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Oh wow! I admire your determination on working out because I did sign up for a gym & I simply allowed the instalment plan run for 36 months whereby 30 months were not utilised. I’m such a couch potato ~ I simply feel too tired for anything whenever I knock off from work. Perhaps I should start setting goals again. Thanks for your motivating post 😉

    • Reply Everest March 20, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Major body goals!
      The toughest part for working out is to get started! For me, my motivation is to be able to feel stronger and feel less tired.
      You have such a great figure and it sure needs alot of
      Discipline to keep it in tiptop condition. Thanks for the great tips and I want to get the goal for myself to set a workout time and stick to it.

  • Reply Gina Diaz March 18, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips!!! I will try to practice what you have shared today!! you look so amazingly fit and beautiful!!!!

    Happy weekend, sweetie!!

    xx, Gina

  • Reply Vanessa March 18, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Wow! This post is totally unique! A great source of inspiration, I love working out, in order to feel healthy and look fit! You have a wonderful figure, now I now why, 🙂 you’re an athlete and I admire your determination. Keep going babe!

    Enjoy your weekend!


  • Reply aurela March 18, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    I been working out for over a decade and I can say that I am addicted to the gym. If I don’t go I feel like something is missing. Taking different classes every day at the gym is my motivation. I signed with Equinox gym when they first open in Vancouver and I am so in love with all the classes. From Barr class to Pilate and yoga all of them are so hard but in the end I feel so good. I do have days when I want to just be lazy at home and watch Netflix but then next day I feel so guilty and take the most challenging class possible.
    Keep it up, you look fantastic !

    Aurela xox

    • Reply Lani McGuire March 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      This is great Aurela! Equinox is pretty expensive, but I love it because I almost feel like I’m at the spa every time I work out there! lol…a nice gym environment and interesting classes also keeps me motivated. I also like the way you balance Netflix and your workout ratio haha

  • Reply Eva March 19, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Great tips. Very good shape and objectives.
    I’m thinking with motivation and the power of the mind can to arrive anywhere. In the sports not only the power and strength of the body, who can suffer more make a difference. The mind is the commander.:)

  • Reply marcy March 19, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    This post was written for me hhahha I literally just start working out 2 days ago after 4 months of intense traveling (but I’m still traveling) and its been so hard to get motivated. Definitely going to the gym of the hotel with my partner gets me motivated more. As soon i get back home in Panama in April will follow the rest of the tips babe!


  • Reply Candace March 20, 2017 at 3:34 am

    I found that setting a workout time worked best for me. It gave me a reason to have to get up early; that’s why I said 5am would be best for me. Usually after work, I am tired and don’t feel like going back out anywhere. You are so motivated and that really shines through this post. You are definitely a motivator to me to keep going!

  • Reply Thomas Falkenstedt March 20, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    As for someone who is like the best ever to come up with excuses why not to work out this was a must read. My current (and quite valid) excuse that I’m in the midst of moving across the country, but the plan is that once I’m settled I’m going to start out a work out routine that will follow along the lines of the tips you just gave me here . I especially love the last tip about setting the goal to be something completely else than getting abs!

  • Reply Diana March 21, 2017 at 12:27 am

    omg, after reading your post, it motivated me that I need to exercise again and prepare for my trip to Arizona. I think that the post like yours can inspire me!

  • Reply Sarah March 21, 2017 at 4:11 am

    You look so amazing and toned. Your post has seriously inspired me to start working out again. I used to be so good with workouts, but over the past few months, I have completely stopped. These tips are perfect, I am a mum of two, so the time factor definitely important for me. Exercise is something I need to add to my calendar permanently, so I stop with excuses.


  • Reply Tandya March 21, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Okay well your body is inspiration enough! I love the first thing you wrote. “It takes 21 days to create a habit, and 90 days to turn a good habit into a lifestyle.” This is so true! Working out needs to be a lifestyle and not a phase. I usually go right after work. If I go home first, there is no way I am going.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Open Kloset March 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Hey Darling:)
    Hows you?
    Love Exercise and Gym, Totally can relate to this post, I do Spinning , Yoga, and my Things, Sometimes I loose my motivation but I always going and Do:) Never skip:)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Tuesday

  • Reply Manda March 21, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Okay girl! You are goals and I loved every bit of this post! I think you hit the nail on the head with all of this! It really is about mindfulness. You have to set your intentions and not become distracted which can be so hard with life in general! I always used to do the early in the morning and continue to put it off thing but I know that early in the morning isn’t my think so giving myself an evening time, is realistic for me creating a habit! Such a great post!

    Manda |

  • Reply Maryam March 21, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I’m so glad I read this post. I’ve been wanting to work out more but I’ve been so unmotivated. Sometimes, all we need is a reminder and motivation. Thank you!

    Xx, Maryam

  • Reply Eliza Armand (@eliza_armand) March 21, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    What a great post, girl! Absolutely loving it! Creating a right habit can be quite a struggle indeed. I’m now getting back to my before-winter sports routine, and it’s so hard to be honest, but yeah, as mentioned 21 day to create a habit and 90 to turn it into the lifestyle!

    Cheers, Eliza |

  • Reply Jessie March 22, 2017 at 12:18 am

    I absolutely love this post! I need to book mark this and keep myself motivate the whole time! Sometimes, I feel quite slack especially after a long day of working. By looking at your body keeps me motivated hahaha.. you are my motivation girl!

    xx, Jessie

  • Reply Jacqueline. March 22, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Love that last idea. I can’t wait to work out. I recently got injured so I can actually do anything really. But I’m so motivated to get right back into it. Going to keep these things in mind

  • Reply Katya Bychkova March 22, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Wow you look so fit and gorgeous — no wonder you are motivated to workout!

    Personally I figured that there are only two strategies that work for me. First is to hire a personal trainer so he/she pushes you to do all the hard work. The second one is to stop reading magazines at home and only do so while doing cardio. I love glossy magazines so much that it’s actually a great motivation to go to the gym!

  • Reply Ravayna March 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

    You are fitness goals girl! I’m a Soulcycle addict and love barre class, but am guilty of getting tired and lazy. Prebooking my classes is key!

  • Reply Rachel Holliday March 22, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Oh my gosh you are such fitness goals!! You are so toned and flexible 🙂 I really enjoyed this post- its so hard to stay motivated to work out when life gets too busy. I think paying for a gym membership is key- you have to force yourself to go if you’ve forked out money

    Rachel xx

  • Reply Michelle March 22, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Great tips! So many morning I force myself because if I don’t work out before 7am I just skip it. I really need to find a workout buddy to keep me motivated because I’m so competitive. But seriously, whatever you are doing – keep doing it. Your body is goals!

  • Reply Andreea Birsan March 22, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Girl you got some great points, but I can never find the motivation to work out. Tried doing it a couple times by lunch time, but I would end up quitting it after a few weeks. I’ll try stick to the ways you suggested. Have a lovely day! x


  • Reply Sheree March 22, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Wow, you are so incredible and so fit! Great tips and very doable. I haven’t had much time working out because having two kids is pretty exhausting in itself. But I agree that having a workout buddy who pushes you and challenges you def helps or even for the moral support of (damn this sucks but it’s all worth it). Love this post and I’ll keep the tips in mind when I finally decide to pick up more gym time.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  • Reply ellen kim March 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    This is exactly what I needed! A great motivational post to help me get my work out on. I’ve been struggling and slowly getting back on it! Must use these tips for sure! Thanks so much!


  • Reply Jessica March 23, 2017 at 2:26 am

    I love this post! I particularly love that #2 – yes, MONEY will make me get my workout in, because I sure hate to waste money when I could have been working out getting healthy. The buddy system is always a challenge for me, but I agree its great for accountability. We live quite near each other, as I am a Jersey girl myself. 🙂 xo, Jessica

    • Reply Lani McGuire March 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks for reading Jessica, and Wait, am I sensing you might be a new potential work out buddy?! 🙂

  • Reply Hadasah Love March 23, 2017 at 4:03 am

    I loved reading this post Lani, actually i decided to start running again from tomorrow.
    setting a goal is great, thank you for the tips…
    let’s keep it up and loved the photography btw
    very inspiring xx

  • Reply Kierra March 23, 2017 at 4:51 am

    All your tips are good. I love working out, and I totally know what it’s like to make it a lifestyle. I enjoy lifting weights, but I’m hoping to get into biking soon. That is so good to log on your fitbit with a friend then whoever does best gets the $50. I don’t have a fitbit but they seem fun. I also enjoy your blogging layout. It used to be my old one and I love the way you have set it up.

  • Reply Anju March 23, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I loved loved this post and the pics. I am one of those who always find reasons to procrastinate any kind of workout. I am going to try some of your tricks, of not stopping at home after work, and directly going to the gym. Hopefully I will hold up
    Adore your pics

  • Reply Ana Vukosavljevic March 23, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    This was really helpful! Im always struggling with finding inspiration for working out..

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