Can you feel spring in the air yet? If you can, lucky you. Me? Not so much. The days are longer and we lost an hour of sleep over the weekend but there still is snow piled up and a serious chill in the air. But that doesn’t mean winter will last forever. Spring will be here soon which means bye-bye to layers of clothes and hello to baring a little skin (or maybe more if you wear one of those cropped tops).
I admit, I lost a little motivation over the past few weeks. I’ve been distracted because of volunteer work that has turned out to be significantly more work that originally expected. It hasn’t been unusual for me to spend up to two hours an evening a few times a week working on the project. Add in my full-time job, taking care of our home and there isn’t much time or energy left for anything else. But working out does make me feel better and I do have more energy. And with spring coming I’m highly motivated to spend a little time in my yoga pants doing some squats.
Having been feeling uninspired over the past few weeks I got to thinking about how to spring back into fitness. Find motivation that will sustain me through the coming weeks.
1. Show Up
Half the battle is just getting there. Whether it’s to your treadmill, your favorite running trail or to the gym, once you’re there you’ll workout. What choice will you have? You may start running on empty but once those enphorphins start kicking in you’ll be rockin’ your workout. And you’re be so proud of yourself. I’ll keep reminding myself of this.
2. Change What You Do
Changing up your workouts not only forces your body to adapt to new movements but it keeps it fun. I have a collection of workout dvds so I’ll just grab 3-4 dvds (kickboxing, aero-tone, dance, barre) and mix it up all week long.
3. Mark The Date
Try marking your workout days in your calendar. When I do this I find that I schedule other things around my workout and not the other way around. I found when I stopped doing this my workouts fell down to the bottom of the list. Not a good thing.
4. Get a Buddy
Find a workout buddy that has similar goals and you’ll find accountability. And also you may find a little competitive spirit that may push you on the hard days. Right now there is no one in my life who wants to make fitness a priority so I’ll turn to other bloggers and make them my workout buddies.
5. Pick a Dress
Rather than putting a number on the scale, pick a dress or a pair of jeans you want to be in by summer. For me, I’ve decided that I want to wear a pair of colored jeans (a fun color like red or green or aqua) but I want to be down a size before I wear them. Having this type of goal is highly motivating for me, so pick your goal.
These five tips will definitely help keep me motivated over the next few weeks and hopefully by summer I’ll be fitting into my goal jeans. Maybe you’ll find a tip or two that will jumpstart your Spring fitness. Or, maybe you have a tip that will help me or others. When you slack on workouts, what motivates you to get back into your routine?