Hello, friends! I was trying to figure out what to make tomorrow’s Motivation Monday email about, and decided to just make a blog post, too! I have been intentional about being goal-oriented lately, and two of my goals have been health and fitness related. One goal is to simply be healthy and fit. The other goal was more detailed and easier to track…to run a mile in under 10 minutes. Here are 5 ways to motivate yourself to get fit!
5 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Get Fit
1. Get A Fun Tumbler or Water Bottle!
One of the most important things you can do for your body and mind is to drink plenty of water. I’ve never really been much of a water drinker, so this was something I’ve had a hard time overcoming. A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day. So, if you weigh 130lb, you need to drink 65oz of water every day! Last year I got a pretty floral Vera Bradley tumbler and it actually helped me drink more water! It sounds silly but it’s true!
Extra Water Tip: I drink a tumbler full of cold water first thing in the morning, literally while my coffee is brewing! That’s 20oz (or a third of my daily goal!!!) down in less than 10 minutes after getting up! It not only gets my water intake for the day off to a great start but cold water is known to kick start your organs and metabolism for the day! I’ve been doing this for about a month now and I’ve found that I have more energy throughout the day and haven’t been drinking near as much coffee! #truth Crazy, right?!
Here are some Vera Bradley tumblers that are currently available:
Not much of a straw person? Stainless steel water bottles are great alternatives! They keep your water really cold, are sturdy, and you can find cool glittery ones! 🙂 I’ve linked a couple fun ones below, as well as a glass one from Kate Spade!
2. Find Workout Clothes You Love!
Another seemingly-silly thing that motivates me to workout and get moving is fun workout clothes! I have a couple pieces that are fun colors (okay…turquoise…) and just putting them on motivates me. They’re my favorite color, comfortable, and make me feel good! Find things that do the same for you. Find “your color” or a shirt with a fun motivational saying. Dress for success, girl! Have you heard the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?” Well do the same here! Buy the workout clothes, wear the workout clothes. Find things that work well with your body type and that motivate you, then get moving! Whether that’s running, doing yoga, group classes, or just a walk around your neighborhood. Just. Get. Moving, friend!
3. Find Your Jam!
Do you find yourself dancing when a certain song or artist comes on? Or feel motivated to drive fast or go for a run? Add that song (and more like it!) to a Spotify playlist and rock it out! I myself like to run to The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, Panic! At The Disco, Post Malone, etc. Upbeat pop and hip hop. I also like older songs (TLC’S Waterfalls, anyone?) that I know every word to and can sing to myself while I go. It perks me up and keeps my mind off the run itself.
4. Get A Fitness Tracker!
If you don’t already have one, get a fitness tracker! I’m linking here to the Garmin VivoActive, which is the watch I have! It tracks walks, runs, swims, and bicycling. It’s really easy to use and the app interface is great. I like seeing how many steps I’ve gotten and having a goal to work toward.
Side Note: If you have obsessive tendencies, specifically OCD, skip this tip. I know from first-hand experience what getting stuck on numbers can do to a person! Might be best to not go there.
Jan 2020 Update:
I have recently started weightlifting on a regular basis, and will soon be upgrading to a different smart watch. The VivoActive is GREAT if you’re primarily a runner, cyclist, or just like to keep track of steps. If you have a more varied workout routine, a newer watch like those below may be more beneficial for you.
5. Write Down Your Goals
#Goals Write ’em down! The Hollis Co. (Rachel Hollis’ company) comes out with a Start Today Journal each quarter. The point is to start every day with gratitude and writing out ten dreams that you made happen. That’s right… You write them out like you’ve already accomplished them! As an example, one of mine is, “I ran a 10min mile!”. Guess what I did this week! Ran a 10-minute mile! To see how exactly the process works, go here! You don’t have to buy the journal to do the process. I just use a pretty notebook I got from Walmart! Write out your dreams and watch them come true!
I hope these 5 ways to motivate yourself to get fit truly help you. If you have fitness or health goals, leave them in the comments below! Maybe we can all help hold each other accountable!