Starting a new fitness regimen is exciting: you’ve created goals for yourself, committed to positively changing your lifestyle, and have said ‘yes’ to possibility. Your eagerness to start this lifestyle change is nearly palpable as you envision your new, healthier self going to Pilates three times a week and taking wheatgrass shots every morning (yum?). You've seen what your healthier future looks like, and you can’t wait to get there.

But, as time progresses, your regimen transitions, and your goals begin floating down that violent river known as ‘life’. That new routine you’ve established can quickly dwindle down into fewer workouts than you’d imagined in the beginning. You didn’t see it coming, but, somehow it happened.

Let’s face it… we’ve all been there.

Next time that ever-so-enticing devil on your shoulder tells you to hit the snooze button just one more time, use these five tips to keep your motivation strong.

Change your phone wallpaper to an image that inspires you.

Even though most of us won’t admit it, we look at our phones countless times a day. Whether you’re waiting in traffic or in line at the grocery store, your smartphone is the first thing you reach for to keep your mind occupied. If you’re always looking at your phone, you might as well use its powers for good.

Find an image or quote that motivates you and save it as your phone wallpaper. Now, every time you check your phone, your subconscious is reminded of your goals. Often times, our habits are a result of our environment and surroundings. If we fill those surroundings with things that inspire us, the greater chance of us achieving our goals. This leads me to my next tip…

 

Add motivational quotes to your iPhone alarm clock.

Here’s another way to surround yourself with inspiration. For many of you, getting out of bed in the morning is one of the most challenging things you’ll do all day. If you’re anything but a morning person, but are trying to implement morning workouts, adding quotes to your alarm clock(s) can add a little umph to your wakeup call.

If you’re an iPhone user, here’s how you can add quotes to your morning alarms:

  1. Go to ‘clock’ on your phone
  2. Tap ‘alarm’
  3. Tap ‘edit’
  4. Choose an alarm
  5. Tap ‘label’
  6. Add in your favorite motivational quote
  7. Tap ‘back’
  8. Tap ‘save’

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Exercise with a partner or group.

Misery loves company, right? Dripping sweat in a boxing class with a group of friends sounds way more exciting than doing it alone. Not to mention, exercising with a partner or group helps keep you accountable to show up. In a recent study, of those recruited alone for the experiment, 76% completed the weight-loss program. Of those recruited in a group, 95% completed the program.

Even when your energy is depleted from a long day’s work, your workout partner counting on you to show up to spin class can serve as your motivation to pull through and get to class. Plus, the support and encouragement you get from group fitness is unlike any other motivator out there.

 

Write down your goals.

By putting pen to paper, you’re making a physical commitment to your goals and are more likely to follow through with them. A study conducted at Dominican University showed that the act of writing down goals actually increased goal achievement. Your fitness classes are goals: you are setting out each week to show up and give it your all.

Looking at your fitness classes like a business meeting will create more of an obligation for yourself. You wouldn't cancel on your boss, would you? Write it in your planner or put it in your Google calendar like an appointment you can't miss. Bonus: crossing off completed tasks on your to-do list releases hormones in your body that send a feel-good rush to your brain, leaving you happy and feeling accomplished.

 

Buy new fitness gear.

It’s crazy how much the perfect outfit can affect your confidence. When you love the way you look, you’ll feel better about working out. You’re excited and motivated to don your new sneakers to class, which has become your new happy hour. Instead of meeting your friends for coffee, you’re slipping into your new workout gear and heading off to meet them at your local barre studio.

The key to staying motivated is making small changes a part of your lifestyle. Before you feel yourself slipping out of your routine, implement these tips into your daily routine to keep your momentum going strong.  

What are some tips you use to keep you motivated?

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