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Monday, January 31, 2011

Readers Request: Motivation

By readers request:

I received a few emails asking how I get the motivation to work out everyday. I'll admit, some days its tough. In fact, some days I just simply am not feeling up to it.  But its days like that, that are the days I really need it. So what do I do on those days to get going??

There are many key factors that help motivate me to stay healthy.

Friends: Friends can take you above and beyond what you want to accomplish. Find a friend, mom, sister etc.. that wants to get in shape too. It makes the workout funner and go by faster to when you have someone to share it with. Thats why I love group fitness, I love teaching because its all of those in my class that actually motivate me.  If you can't find a friend before hand, make one!! A simple hello, can spark a conversation.
At GPP, part of what gets me there is that everyone there is a friend, we are there to push and motivate each other. To go faster, lift heavier and achieve our goals. You will find support and the motivation if you have someone to share it with.

Schedule it: Make your workout a priority, treat it as if you would a Doctor appointment. Pick the best time for you in the day, whether it be 5 am or 5 pm. Put it in your calendar, make a reminder on your phone, and don't cancel it. Even if its 10 minutes long. A little somethin' is better then a whole lot of nothin'. 

Pictures: Take a before picture. Then take a picture every month. Watching your body change will push you to continue to do so. Check out mine here.

Husband: The Mr. is a huge motivation to me. He compliments me almost everyday.  He likes me to workout.. probably cause it makes me easier to deal with at the end of the day ;) I think he motivates me so much because he knows how much I love it. On those days that I wake up at 5am he is the one that pushes me out of bed when my alarm goes off. He loves fitness as much I do, so we love to do fitness activities together when we can. He is my biggest support. Explain your fitness goal to your husband or significant other. Ask for their help and you may find yourself being shoved out of bed to ;)

Music: Music is important to my runs. When I am out running or stuck inside on the treadmill, I love to jam out on the latest hits. Don't be surprised if we see a little shake, shake, in my step.. ;)

Here is my latest Playlist. 

Pink-Raise your glass
Sugarland- Stuck like Glue
The ready Set- Love like Woe
Taio Cruz- Dynamite
Lady GaGa- Bad Romance
Linkin Park- Bleed it out
Christina Aguilaria- Show me how you Burlesque 
Ray J, Yung Berg- Sexy Can I
Beyonce- Single Ladies
Enrique Iglesias- Tonight
Yellowcard- Ocean Avenue
Katy Perry- Teenage dream Or the " glee" version ;)

Sometimes it helps to turn on some music before you start your workout. Turn it up in your house, dance around a little, then start your workout. You might even burn a few extra calories ;)

New Clothes: What better motivation is there? Ladies, Splurge, and tell your husband I said it was okay.. ;)
Check out what I splurge on here. 

I hope this gave you some new ideas on how to get and stay motivated. You can do it. If its important to you, then you will make it happen.
Good Luck!

Q. What motivates you? 

Q. Whats your favorite song that gets you through your workout?  


  1. Thanks for posting the playlist! As for what motivates me: getting on the scale once a week! If I can SEE that what I'm doing is working I am more likely to keep doing it!

  2. I just found your blog and love it! I know this is wierd but the song Lose Yourself by Eminem totally motivates me when I'm working out.


  3. Awesome blog. My husband and I just started our wellness blog.
    Ill put yours on our sidebar. Keep up the good work:)

  4. I love your motivations!! Mine varies but it is mostly to stay healthy.. and to push my family and friends to do the same