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How to find the motivation to exercise

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You’ve fallen off the bandwagon or you’re hanging on by a thread. Sound familiar? Last year I was working out everyday, but once the holidays started my workouts have dwindled to a couple of times a week. After reading an inspirational post by Becky over at Star Violet I decided it was time to get back in shape! The hardest part is to drag myself away from the computer and start working out. Once I start working out I’m more likely to chug through it as my body starts to produce endorphins. So how do you find the motivation to begin your workout?

#. Social Media
If you’re procrastinating by looking through social media, don’t start looking through the foodie feeds. Search using hashtags like #fitness or #fitspo (fitness + inspiration) instead. Pinterest is chock full of fitness inspiration and free workouts too!

#. Open A Window
Getting some fresh air will lift your spirits and help you feel more motivated too, so if you can’t muster the energy to go for a walk outside take some baby steps and open a window!

#. Do Something Everyday
It’s easier to continue exercise if you do it everyday. Once you let yourself get away with one excuse, all the other excuses come flooding in. So if you’re tired from a long day at work, try a relaxing bedtime yoga sequence. If you have indigestion try yoga for digestion. If it’s the weekend and you’re meeting a friend, stay active and explore a new place rather than sitting at a cafe all day. Or get up a little earlier and do your workout before you hop in the shower! The key is to do something so that tomorrow you won’t be saying, well I skipped yesterday so I might as well skip today too. It’s easier to catch yourself from falling than having to rebuild from the ground up.

#. Set Up A Home Gym
It’s great if you like going to the gym or outdoor sports, but there will inevitably be days where the rain is pounding down or its freezing outside by double digits. If you’re already struggling to find the motivation to work out to begin with, a cloudy rainy day can suck the life out of you and make it 10 times harder to leave the house. So it’s a good idea to set up your own little gym at home. I keep my yoga mat spread out on the floor in my room at all times, so I’m much more likely to get down on my mat than I would be if it were rolled up and placed in a corner behind the door.

#. Put On Your Workout Clothes
If you can’t muster any enthusiasm to workout, at least put on your workout clothes. Put on your workout clothes, give yourself a pat on the back for getting it done, then take it all off. Call me crazy, but it works. I’ve totally muttered to myself, might as well do something now that I’ve bothered to put my workout clothes on.

Your turn ♥ What are your tips for getting of the couch and starting your workout?

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  • http://www.diamondcanopy.com/ Winnie

    Love these tips Kim! Every now and then I’ll check YouTube for some blogilates videos but I really must exercise more often, you’ve definitely reminded me to do that. I’ve also been considering Yoga as spending all week sitting at a desk at work really throws my posture out of shape!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      I feel you there! Yoga definitely helps especially with the neck and shoulders! Give this shoulder opener a try: https://youtu.be/ZKY-p8JLk24

  • http://star-violet.com Becky

    Aw, I’m happy that I could be of inspiration/motivation! For me, social media definitely helps a lot to motivate me, as well as watching other youtubers. Geo Antoinette was the one who made me want to start weightlifting, and lately I’ve been watching a lot of Jazmine Garcia as well. Seeing their muscular/toned bodies make me want to work towards mine too, especially since both of them were skinny like me before they started taking weightlifting and eating right seriously.

    becky ♡ star violet

    • http://star-violet.com Becky

      Also I forgot to mention – wearing workout clothes definitely helps, not crazy at all! I do that sometimes, either that or I carry my workout clothes with me so I don’t have an excuse not to go to the gym!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Oooh I’ll have to check them out! I need to work out eating right, but lately fries have been my downfall lol

  • http://thefashionography.blogspot.com Kathryn

    You’re right, sometimes the hardest part is just getting started! These are some good tips, I also think it’s important to do something you actually can enjoy. There are so many different types of exercises and ways to workout, you shouldn’t be absolutely hating the activity! :)

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      For me the struggle was usually stop doing things that I enjoy more than activity lol
      The internet is chock full of fun and interesting things to be seen :P

  • http://www.freshfizzle.com/ Tania

    The hardest part of working out is definitely getting started! For me the biggest barrier is usually getting dressed since sports bras can be so difficult to get on! But anyways, summer weather has started already in LA so I definitely need to start trying to shed some of my winter weight….thanks for the motivational reminder!

    xx freshfizzle

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Oh God yes sports bras are so annoying to get on and off. I tend to prefer ones that have broader straps or lighter material that isn’t as restricting. I can’t believe it’s already summer in LA! There’s a blizzard outside my window right now LOL

  • http://www.lumiereandlens.com/ Alyse (J.X.L.)

    Oh, lady, I totally feel you. Once you stop, too, its so hard to get the momentum to keep going. I do the EXACT same thing you do with workout clothes.

    I keep exercise clothes at work. Then I have no excuses not to go. Having a gym buddy for accountability really helps, too.

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Exactly! It’s so much easier to add another day to a growing number of days you’ve exercised than it is to quit and have to start all over later down the line.