10 Tips for Staying Motivated to Workout

The sun is shining, days are longer and warmer, and many people are experiencing a spring surge in energy! As a result, you’ll notice more people heading to the gym and out running, biking, and walking along the many paths in Clark County. The spring season can jumpstart your motivation to exercise but the key is maintaining your motivation to continue for the long-term. 

Staying motivated to workout can be a significant challenge. Whether you’re aiming to shed some pounds, tone muscles, or simply improve your overall well-being, maintaining motivation is key to achieving your fitness goals.

Here are 10 proven tips to keep you inspired and committed to your workout routine

1 – Set Clear Goals

Define what you want to achieve with your workouts. Whether it’s running a half marathon, increasing your muscle mass, or simply feeling more energetic, having specific goals provides a clear direction and purpose to your workouts.

2 – Find Your Love

Experiment with different types of exercises until you find what you truly enjoy. Whether it’s swimming, dancing, hiking, lifting, cycling, climbing, or yoga, engaging in activities you love makes it easier to stay motivated and committed in the long run.

3 – Schedule workouts

Treat your workouts like important appointments with your doctor by scheduling them into your daily routine. Consistency is key to seeing progress, so block out specific times for exercise and stick to them as much as possible.

4 – Mix It Up

Prevent boredom and plateaus by incorporating variety into your workouts. Try new exercises, switch up your routine regularly, or explore different fitness classes to keep things interesting and challenging.

5 – Find a Workout Buddy

Having a workout partner can provide accountability and motivation. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or fitness group, exercising with others can make workouts more enjoyable and encourage you to push yourself harder.

6 – Track Your Progress

Keep track of your workouts, progress, and achievements. Whether it’s through a fitness app, journal, or simply marking a calendar, seeing how far you’ve come can boost your motivation and confidence.

7 – Reward Yourself

Set up a reward system to celebrate your accomplishments. Treat yourself to something you enjoy—a massage, a new workout outfit, or a relaxing day off—as a way to acknowledge your hard work and stay motivated.

8 – Visualize Success

Take some time each day to visualize yourself achieving your fitness goals. Imagine how you’ll feel, look, and move once you’ve reached your desired level of fitness. Start to identify yourself as someone who works out regularly. Visualization can help reinforce your commitment and keep you focused on your goals.

9 – Stay Positive

Cultivate a positive mindset and focus on the benefits of exercise rather than the challenges. Remind yourself of how good you feel after a workout, the progress you’ve made, and the health benefits you’re gaining with each session.

10 – Be Kind to Yourself

Finally, be patient and compassionate with yourself on your fitness journey. There will be ups and downs, setbacks and successes, but what matters most is that you keep moving forward and stay committed to your health and well-being.

By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can stay motivated and inspired to keep pushing towards your fitness goals, one workout at a time. Remember, the most important step is simply to start—and once you do, the momentum will carry you forward on your path to a healthier, happier you.

Yours in health & fitness,
Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 33 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver, the founder of WHY Racing Events & WHY Community, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at nwpersonaltraining.com.

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