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How to Get Motivated for Fitness

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

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

jcp active wear

Tank top // Pull-Over // Sweats (SO comfortable!)

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!

fitness with jcp

Tank top // Sweater // Capris

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! athletic shoes at JCPenney   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 and prevent hair loss problems.

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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94 Responses to How to Get Motivated for Fitness

  1. Wanda October 27, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    I admit, nothing gets me motivated for fitness. Despite the fact I KNOW how good it feels afterwards (I was a runner in college) & I know it might help me with my health issues. :::sigh:::

  2. OFG October 27, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    My children who I need to keep up with 🙂

  3. Mami2jcn October 27, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    My husband helps motivate me.

  4. Mami2jcn October 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm #


  5. Julie Wood October 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    I get myself motivated for fitness because I love how it makes me feel. I walk and lift ways 6 days a week and I need a new pair of shoes and a warm outfit to keep me motivated for the cold winter months!

  6. Julie Wood October 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm #


  7. Stephanie October 27, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    losing weight helps me

  8. Elena October 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    seeing skinny and fit people motivates me

  9. Kelly D October 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    Wanting to look nice in my clothing makes me motivated for fitness.

  10. Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More October 27, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    My girls motivate me. I want to be around for them for a very long time!

  11. Katie pidge October 27, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    I’m motivated by the quietness and help I’m doing for myself when I exercise! I could use a serious upgrade in my exercise wear!!

  12. Nora Gouma October 28, 2015 at 12:58 am #

    Great opportunity to visit this amazing blog, good tips, awesome outfits, I love the pink one. Thank you for sharing, you look awesome!!!


  13. Ingrid October 28, 2015 at 4:09 am #

    My motivation is how good I feel from working out! It helps me clear my head and I love the endorphins! I wish I had realized what my body was capable of when I was in my 20’s. I think, dang it! If I had only tried to get strong instead of skinny, I could have done so much! Now strength and energy are my focus!

  14. Ty October 28, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    My daughters motivate me to stay fit. I want to be healthy enough to be around for a long time.

  15. Ty October 28, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    I tweeted.

  16. Lisa Brown October 28, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    motivation comes from doing exercise I enjoy and want to do, like waking and hiking.

  17. Lisa Brown October 28, 2015 at 10:28 am #


  18. Jessie C. October 28, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    My family and mirror motivate me for fitness.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  19. Jessie C. October 28, 2015 at 8:59 pm #


  20. Natalie October 29, 2015 at 6:16 am #

    A lot of things motivate me to keep active. For one, I am more motivated to run when I register for a race, such as a marathon. It gives me a goal and keeps me accountable.

  21. Natalie October 29, 2015 at 6:17 am #


  22. Julie October 29, 2015 at 6:45 am #

    The more I exercise the better I sleep at night.

  23. LaTanya October 29, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    seeing the results and wanting to reach my goal

  24. Tonya October 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    My best friend got me started lifting and I love it!

  25. Madeline October 31, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    I get motivated when I’m wearing a cute outfit, but also when I’m doing something I actually like, or am improving on and seeing results.

  26. Shannon November 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

  27. Shannon November 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    This weather!!! I want to be moving outside when it’s like this!

  28. sandyhills November 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    I would have to say that music gets me motivated

  29. sandyhills November 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    tweeted –

  30. Amy Tong November 2, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    What gets me motivated for fitness is my family. Want to stay healthy for them. Also, it helps when I start seeing results. 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  31. kjasus November 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    looking at myself in the mirror sometimes motivates me

  32. Kristen November 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    What gets my motiveated is how poorly I feel when I am *not* active.

  33. Kristen November 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm #


  34. heather November 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    Looking and feeling healthy gets me motivated for fitness.

  35. Cynthia C November 5, 2015 at 5:35 am #

    I download good audio books to my iPod to listen to when I do my daily walking. They are interesting so I want to continue with them, which makes me want to walk more.

  36. Stephanie Phelps November 5, 2015 at 7:21 am #

    The thing that gets me motivated is my family and wanting to be as healthy as I can for them!

  37. Elle November 6, 2015 at 6:30 am #

    I actually loving getting outside and running so I don’t need much motivation. I genuinely enjoy it and like running while listening to my music.

  38. Rebecca November 6, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    I haven’t worked out for a while, but I plan on getting back in shape after my baby is born.

  39. debbie November 7, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    I definitely agree with the looking cute part. You need the right clothes to do whatever activity you are doing. If you are just trying to get by in an old t shirt and shorts, you won’t feel as serious about the workout.

  40. rachel November 7, 2015 at 5:52 am #

    My leftover baby weight! haha

  41. Deb Ford November 7, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Motivation is the hardest part and unfortunately not much motivates me.

  42. Deb Ford November 7, 2015 at 10:44 am #


  43. Tina m November 12, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    I want to stay in shape.

  44. Angela Saver November 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

    What motivates me for fitness is thinking about the goals I want to accomplish & reading about what other people have accomplished gets me motivated to move!

  45. Shawn Gallagher November 14, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

    Having my girlfriend right there with me!

  46. Shawn Gallagher November 14, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

  47. Margaret Smith November 15, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

    What motivates me the most is when my husband exercises with me. We both try to walk around our neighborhood almost everyday and with his company, it doesn’t seem too much like a chore. Thanks so much.

  48. Margaret Smith November 15, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    I tweeted:
    Thanks again.

  49. Gina M November 16, 2015 at 6:45 am #

    Thinking about how I feel afterwards…oh and cute clothes, of course!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  50. Gina M November 16, 2015 at 6:47 am #


  51. maria cantu November 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    Eating healthy.

  52. Carolsue November 21, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    Recruiting a friend to run with me, or join me at aqua aerobics motivates me
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  53. Kerry November 22, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    Trying to fit into a new outfit gets me motivated!

  54. Kerry November 22, 2015 at 7:19 am #


  55. ELIZABETH P November 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    I like how my clothes fit – it is my best motivator.

  56. ELIZABETH P November 22, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

  57. Angel Jacklyn November 24, 2015 at 5:22 am #

  58. Angel Jacklyn November 24, 2015 at 5:27 am #

    Music does the trick for me!

  59. Tara November 24, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    My mood is my fitness motivation! It always makes me happier when I work out!

  60. Tara November 24, 2015 at 5:34 pm #


  61. Stacey b November 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

    Some nice, comfortable work out clothes plus shoes definitely help to get me motivated

  62. Stacey b November 24, 2015 at 10:00 pm #


  63. angie November 25, 2015 at 6:10 am #

    Getting older has been the best motivation. I started noticing stiffness and that I got tired easier, etc. Working out is a goal I have to make my older years more enjoyable.

  64. Betty C November 25, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Nothing motivates me more than looking in the mirror. When I see that I’m getting fat and flabby then I know I have to do something in spite of my age, arthritis and asthma.
    I’m still searching for things I can do that will actually work.

  65. Betty C November 25, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    Tweet –

  66. Tarissa November 25, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    I like being as healthy as I can be, and exercising helps me keep motivated for other healthy habits in my life.

  67. Susan Smith November 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    I’m trying to loose weight so that’s been a big motivator for me.

  68. Denise L November 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    My fitbit has really helped me get motivated for fitness. I love the ability to compete with friends.

  69. Susan Smith November 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

  70. Thomas Murphy November 25, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

    Feeling better gets me motivated for fitness.

  71. Tabathia B November 25, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    My health and my children

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  72. Tabathia B November 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  73. Jerry Marquardt November 26, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    Having to replace my whole wardrobe keeps me motivated for exercise.

  74. Jerry Marquardt November 26, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    I publicly Tweeted this giveaway:

  75. D Schmidt November 26, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    I achieve consistency by reminding myself of the reasons why I adopted the new habit, usually the reminder is always trying to be a good and healthy role model for my children.

  76. amanda sakovitz November 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    looking good motivates me

  77. amanda sakovitz November 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm #


  78. Ellie Wright November 26, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Music with a great beat gets me motivated.

  79. sherri crawford November 26, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

    looking hot in my clothes

  80. erica best November 26, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    my best friend

  81. erica best November 26, 2015 at 7:18 pm #

  82. Natalie F November 26, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    I’ve lost over 70 pounds and I’m motivated to keep going. Seeing the changes I’ve already made and what a difference it has made in my ability to be active with my kids and my confidence. I have 20 pounds more to go!

  83. Natalie F November 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    I shared on twitter

  84. Natalie F November 27, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    I shared on twitter

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