1| Find something that doesn't seem like exercise!
For example, my thing is scheduled classes. If I do a class, I will go hard. I find it more fun than just going to the gym on my own. Plus, you can mix it up. You can do Bootcamp, Spin, Yoga, etc. and classes usually have a time limit.... so you stay the full hour instead of just leaving when you feel like it. Or maybe your thing is walking, running, biking. Just find your niche and make it fun!
2| Just get there!
The hardest part for me is getting to the gym. I will make up every excuse in the book to not go. I will clean my entire house and be like "Gee look at the time... guess I can't go to the gym now." My new motto... JUST GET THERE. If I just drive myself there and walk through the door, I will do it. And I usually promise myself a coffee reward of some sort after. By the time I workout, 1- I feel great and 2- I no longer want to waste the calories on Starbucks.
3| Partner Up!
This will help with the getting there. This week I did not want to go, hence the reason for this post. Anyways, I partnered up with my friend Brenna and when I didn't want to go on Tuesday she texted me and told be to get my a** there anyways. It adds accountability. Someone else's fitness success is counting on your attendance. If you go, they go and vice versa. It's a win-win for everyone.
4| Stay off the freaking scale!
I ALWAYS say this in my fitness posts. The scale is just a number and in no way does it represent your success. There is nothing that will de-motivate you more than working your butt off, eating healthy and then only seeing the scale budge by half a pound. If you have to weigh yourself only do so once a week or even better every 2 weeks. This will be a more accurate representation. Measure your success by literal measurements or by how your clothes fit. My 6 week challenge was such an eye opener, yes I lost 23lbs but the benefits beyond the scale were so much more rewarding and are what kept me going! Clear skin, 4 sizes smaller, energy......
5| Gym Pact App!
Before I started taking exercise classes I used this app like crazy! If money is a motivator for you, download this app! Basically you create an account and link it to your bank account. You set up your account based upon your goals and schedule. You need to pick how many days a week you want to exercise (the more you go the more money you can make). Every time you go to the gym you check-in via GPS on the app(you must be at a verified facility) and you must stay for a minimum of 30 mins. So if you meet your goal of 4 times per week, the app pays you. If you miss a day, the app charges you. You set the amount to fit your life. If your goal is 4 times per week and you only go 3, it can charge you say $5 for that missed workout (you can make this a higher amount as well). That $5 goes to pay everyone else who met their goal that week. You can get paid to work out. I know there are other websites out there with this concept. Some you can even do in groups where everyone contributes to a pot and then whoever loses the most weight gets the money. Money is a great motivator!