Fitness. It’s one of those things we all need to do but it’s kinda hard to get motivated to actually do it. Now, I don’t know if you know this, but I played collegiate volleyball. For those four years of my life I was in the best shape of my life. Volleyball and fitness was my life. However, it wasn’t a choice. I was essentially being paid to be there (on a scholarship).
Flash forward 10 years and no one is paying me to go to the gym. Hmph. It’s all on my own accord. And for years I didn’t do so well with that. By “not so well” I mean I didn’t really work out at all. And by “really work out” I mean I didn’t work out at all. My husband would get on me: “Babe, you gotta do something.” And for a while it made me angry that he did. I mean, I wasn’t heavy. I felt fine. But I had no idea my potential!
I finally got my act together and have been consistently going to the gym, working out and loving it. I didn’t know I could feel this good. I feel strong, accomplished, and fit. And I want to inspire you guys to get motivated for fitness too! Here are some tips I’ve picked up that have helped me get motivated and stick with it.
How to get motivated for fitness
1.) Get rest.
It’s so hard to be motivated for anything when you’re tired. Life just feels overwhelming and hard. Get as full of a night’s rest as possible. Which means shutting off the cell phones & Netflix a little earlier. I feel ya, I’m guilty too. Sometimes those moments when the kids are asleep and we have an hour or two to ourselves are hard to give up, but there is nothing that compares to feeling rested, and what feeling rested does for your body. Make sure you’re getting rest!
2.) Find something you love
If you hate running, don’t run! If you don’t like lifting weights, then don’t! Find something that you enjoy and pursue it I play volleyball when I can, but I actually really enjoy lifting weights, so that’s what I stick with. My mom has recently picked up Pickleball and she loves it. Make sure that it’s enough to be called fitness (no, shopping doesn’t count!) and then go with it!
3.) Find a partner
Don’t feel like going to the gym? If you don’t have a partner, you can just not go and no one will say a word. If you have someone counting on you to be there, there’s a lot more pressure to be there! My dad is actually my work out partner and we go three times a week. If he or I can’t go, we still always check up on the other person to make sure that they went. It also helps me work harder when I’m at the gym. My dad was always my hardest pusher and biggest supporter and best work out partner, so for me it’s perfect! For my mom, it’s her best friend. They’ve been fitness partners for decades and still going strong! Finding a partner will help you be motivated for fitness even what you don’t feel motivated!
4.) Look cute
It may sound silly and frivolous but think about it. But just how I talk about how getting changed out of your yoga pants can help you feel more prepped to conquer your day, getting cute workout clothes can help motivate you to hit the gym. Or the courts. Or the tracks. Pick your fitness!
I recently experienced this first hand. Since I started working out more consistently I have been wearing some older spandex (we’re talking my college volleyball uniform!) and my husband’s old undershirts. I went shopping at JCPenney and went a little crazy in their activewear department! I got 3 capri running leggings, 3 racer back tank tops (which is the most comfortable, flattering work out gear I’ve ever worn), two long sleeve shirts, one for running and another a little more laid back, and two pairs of sweat pants that can be worn alone or over a pair of spandex when it gets chilly. That is, if it ever gets chilly! And you know what, I got it all for under $180 – can you believe it! These are the next things on my ‘to-buy’ list. Aren’t they so pretty? I personally feel like a cute, good quality pair of shoes helps motivate me as well. *wink-wink* I have been wearing the same pair of shoes for a long time and they’re pretty stinkin’ beat up. It’s about time I upgrade!
The best thing I love about JCPenney is that they have a great selection and their prices are great too! I was so impressed with how much I was able to bring home the other day! Definitely felt good to get a little something for myself to continue working on being fit.
As always with JCPenney, they want you to feel motivated to for fitness too! They are giving one lucky reader a $100 gift card to shop at their stores or online! Of course you could use it for other things as well since JCPenney has it all, but I hope this post motivated you to get excited about fitness! Just answer the question below –
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