Wednesday, 22 July 2015

How to: Stay motivated to exercise!

1. Remind yourself about why you exercise

Exercise, as we know, is imperative for your health. In reality, this should be motivation enough but there are many other reasons why we do it. It helps relieve stress, keeps us fit, gives us me time, helps us achieve certain goals, releases endorphins to make us happy, helps to build muscles to keep us strong... the list goes on. What ever your reason for exercising is, remind yourself of this every day. Never give in to something you want right now if it's going to hinder what you want for your future.Also remember, this is a lifestyle we have to live forever, this isn't a game with a finish point...this is a game we play forever and health is the prize and you get it every single day! Keep going!

2. Enjoy your rest days and have them often

At the moment, I have a rest day every 4 days and I enjoy the crap out of it. I work really hard in the gym so rest days are deserved but are also very important for muscle recovery and growth. I always see faster results when I have more rest days. Don't get carried away and think that if you stop, you will lose progress because that will not happen. Your body needs the rest. The more you workout with out rest, the more likely you are to burn yourself out which can lead to injuries which will lead to time spent away from exercise which makes it even harder to get motivated to get back in to it.

3. Do what you like doing

Whatever you love doing, whether its lifting weights, running, yoga, swimming, boxing, make that the bulk of your exercise program. It's important to have a good mix of both strength and cardiovascular training but in order to keep motivated, you have to do what you enjoy.

4. Try different things

 I LOVE the gym to bits but believe it or not I have days where its the last place I want to be. I'm inside a lot for work so sometimes I just want to be outside for as long as I can. Go on a hike, take a yoga class in the park, go for a run along the beach or the river.  If you're the opposite and spend a lot of your time running, try going to the gym and lifting weights. I will literally try any form of exercise and sometimes it's quite surprising what you might enjoy. Don't be afraid to expand your exercise horizons.

5. Involve your friends/ family/ partner

There is nothing more motivating for me than working out with someone else. Some of the best workouts I have ever had have been with my partner. It's great to have someone there who enjoys working out as much as you do and I always push myself a lot harder when he is there motivating me.

Some of the most enjoyable workouts I have had have been with my friends. Most of you would know I take my exercise pretty seriously so it is great to have a session now and then with a friend or a group of friends and just enjoy it more than anything. These are the workouts that don't feel like workouts and they're important. Enjoyment is important!

6. Make it part of your daily routine

Have a set time you go to the gym each day. This helped me a lot to begin with. I found if I just went whenever I felt like it, I was more inclined to forget about it, get carried away with something else and not go. Every evening I go straight home, get ready for gym and leave. I don't give myself time to relax or get distracted with chores or anything else around the house.

On weekends, I have set times I will be at the gym. Of course, we all have plans on the weekends but as long as you plan your exercise time in advance, you will be fine. Most of the time we know what we are doing in advance so there is no excuse not to exercise, unless it is rest day!

7. Put motivational quotes and images in your bedroom/ bathroom or desk.

 I really believe this helps! Find motivational quotes and pictures online and put them up around your living and working spaces and constantly read them. The more you read something, the more you believe it and the more you start living it! Click HERE for a link to my Pinterest account - I have two motivational boards (FITSPO & THE HAPPY LIFE). The two things that mean the most to me are health and happiness!

How do you stay motivated?!

Tahana x

instagram = @talkhealthytome


  1. So honoured to be pictured in this post! Thank you so much for writing this! It is going into my saved posts on Bloglovin so I can revisit and keep reminding myself of these things. I always feel better after I go to the gym but sometimes struggle to get there after a hard day at work, but once I am there it instantly makes me feel better. I have found when I organise my gym bag and clothes on my bed for when I get home from work it helps prompt and remind me to go to the gym, or if I prepare dinner the night before I then don't have any excuse about "no time" to go to the gym because cooking is already done! Thank you so much for writing this bae!!!

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

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