Fitness and Me: Motivation

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When I started focussing on my fitness, it was a struggle for me. Motivation was lacking, I found it difficult to get a routine. It was a bit messy. Finding motivation to exercise can be hard, especially if you a) don't know what you're doing and b) have been out of your 'fitness loop'. However, I've found my feet and I wanted to share with you, my lovely readers, how I found my motivation. I hope you all can find something within this post today that'll help spark your motivation.

Knowing what you want to work on: whether it's toning, losing weight or generally wanting to work on being healthier, having an idea of what you want to do in your head is a good way to get motivated. For me, currently, it's: legs, cardio, abs and bum. Eventually I'll get onto working on my arms more, but for now, I have the areas I want to work on. I love Pinterest for this, as there are a lot of different worksheets on there for every single body part. As well as this, fitness magazine are also a favourite of mine because they have articles, fitness routines and even meal ideas.

Setting some goals: try not to be too ambitious with your goals to start with. For me, my overall goal is to lose at least 2 stone of weight to bring me to where I want to be. However, I do set mini-goals to help me reach it. For example, lose x amount of pounds. There doesn't really need to be a time frame, and I feel like it's less stressful if there isn't a time frame. 

Praise yourself: for every little achievement you get, praise yourself. Whether you can run on a treadmill for a certain amount of time, progressing to your goal, you can lift a little bit more than you previously could - praise yourself. This is proven to help you feel uplifted, and has boosted my motivation for being in the gym. Celebrate every victory, even if you feel like people don't care!



Record your progress: I find this to be the most helpful for my motivation, as it helps me look back on what I've been doing, where things went well for me, what workouts benefitted me the most, what I ate (so I can eat it again, lol). It's nice to look back and see your progress, especially if you note down how much exercise you've been doing. For me, I note down how many steps I've done (in miles also) and then add it all up!

Don't push yourself: I used to beat myself up if I didn't meet a certain goal, and sometimes in the gym I'd push myself so hard that I'd feel sick (or actually throw up, NOT FUN). The key is to know your limits. If you start to feel a bit uneasy (shaky, too hot, sick), then that's the time to stop. I like to be a bit too eager and push myself a bit past that, but I end up feeling pretty grim afterwards (as in I can't go over non-flat roads in a car without feeling like I need to stick my head out the window).

Fitness with a friend: if going to the gym alone makes you anxious, or worried, go with a friend! You can join together, or get a day pass for one another's gyms and you can work out together. I like this idea, because you can motivate each other, and potentially give each other that little push that you both may need.

What do you do to motivate yourself for the gym? Do you find it easy, is it a struggle? Let me know in the comments, and let's have a discussion!


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Have an amazing day!

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14 comments

  1. These are great tips! I find keeping it simple really helps, especially if you haven't been active for a while. The best thing you can do is accept where you're at and decide where it is you want to be. Monthly and yearly goals are great, and I do refuse to get on a scale. I don't think that number can tell me whether or not I'm healthy. Honestly, as long as I'm healthy and not huffing and puffing just walking around at home, then I'm good.

    Ashlynn | The Crimson Cardigan

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    1. As long as you feel healthy and are happy then that's what counts, right? I totally agree with keeping it simple, because the last thing you want to do is over-do it!

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  2. Great tips Chloe. How I motivate myself is by looking on instagram, getting instantly depressed at all the hotties with the booties and being like why am I just laying here, lets kick some butt! For me it is staying consistent that I struggle with, I need to find a fitness buddy that is strict and keeps me consistent x
    Lily | www.covetluxe.co.uk

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    1. I do that sometimes, it makes me want to push and work on myself! A fitness buddy would definitely be beneficial, I want one too that's also strict and gives me the kick up the bum I need!

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  3. Lovely tips! I think one of the best ways is joining with a friend so you can make sure to motivate each other, it's always so much easier with someone by your side! X

    Erin // Everything Erin

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    1. I totally agree with that! You can easily motivate each other, and having a bit of chatter while you work makes it more fun.

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  4. Love all these tips it's so important to know your limits and accept them!

    Ellie
    www.headintheclouds.me.uk

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    1. Exactly! Pushing yourself too hard and too often isn't good at all!

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  5. I struggle to motivate myself to go to the gym as I never really want to go after work but I can't go before either. I've started doing exercises at home that don't require weights, and I might start swimming soon!

    Lauren :) x

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    1. Swimming is one of my favourites, I love it! Home workouts are also so great, because you can feel more comfortable!

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  6. I definitely agree with celebrating your fitness gains and setting goals! Since I'm pregnant I can't set real goals and it's driving me bananas!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh bless you! Congratulations though, really excited for you!

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  7. Amazing tips! Going to be referring to the post when I finally start exercising! Your blog is sooooo motivating!

    Speak soon,
    Niamh xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Niamh! I really hope my posts will help you out.

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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