Move, Shake, Motivate!
I consider myself pretty self motivated, but we all have days where we just don’t feel like going for the run, getting on the bike or heading to the gym. It’s no secret that people are often drawn to group fitness classes for the encouragement and support of those around them, but what about those solo workouts? They can be easier to blow off when nobody is waiting for you to show up or you aren’t at risk of a class cancellation fee.
Even as a fitness instructor I have days where my motivation wanes, it’s normal for all of us. Today I’m sharing my top tips for staying motivated all week long!
Make A Plan - I start my week by planning out all my workouts for the week. Each week looks a little different for me depending on my schedule at the studio, if I’m traveling, etc. so I like to create a frame work for my activity for the week. This includes making plans to walk with a friend or meet up for a yoga class. Which brings me to my next tip…
Grab A Partner - Accountability partners can come in all forms. It can be the friend you meet for yoga, your #tiubae or someone you met on Instagram that also has a Peloton bike! (I’m looking at you Bree!) From old running buddies to #toneitup accountability groups to #barrebesties, I’ve been lucky to connect with like minded, encouraging individuals that help me stay accountable to my fitness goals. Total bonus, I’ve developed long lasting close friendships with some of them and I’m forever grateful for them!
Set Yourself Up For Success - If you are waking up extra early to get to that 6AM studio class, lay your clothes out the night before so you don’t have to think about that in the morning. I swear I get dressed for my early AM classes with one eye closed half the time, so this is key! If you are hitting the gym after work, make sure to pack your bag the night before so you aren’t scrambling before work in the morning. However you have to prepare for your workout, do just that, prepare for it! Set the clothes out, pack the bag, etc.
No Regrets - Finally, just keep in mind that the only workout we ever regret is the one we didn’t do! Sure, rest days are important, but our bodies were meant to move so even on a day off from the gym head out for a walk with a friend, take a bike ride or do some light stretching.
I’d love to see how you are preparing for your weekly workouts! Tag me, @alexis.barreista, on IG and FB, use the hashtag #barreistabesties for accountability!