Forget #motivationmonday. Get inspired to #RuleYourself and your fitness routine by adding these simple tasks to your to-do list.
1. Goal for it.
To get into the right mindset, first identify what you’re aiming to accomplish. Finishing your first 5K? Climbing the four flights of stairs to your office without gasping for air? Finally fitting into those skinny jeans? Come up with an attainable goal, then write it down in present tense (“I will do 30 burpees without stopping”) so it becomes less of a far-flung fantasy and more of a reachable reality.
2. Mix it up.
Bored of the same ol’, same ol’? Bust out of your fitness rut by challenging yourself to a different kind of workout. Trying that Tabata class at your gym that has always intimidated you (trust us, you can do it), or opt for swimming for your usual cardio blast. You don’t have to abandon the way you’ve always exercised, but mixing things up every week or so will give you a chance to hit the refresh button (and, hopefully, have a little fun) whilst still maintaining your fitness.
3. Treat yourself.
When you’re working to meet goals, there’s nothing wrong with healthfully celebrating milestones. You’ve gone a week without missing a workout? Schedule a 30-minute massage. The more fun you make this journey to getting—and staying—fit, the more motivated you’ll be to keep it up.
4. Wear something new.
And speaking of treating yourself how about buying some new clothes… you may be more motivated to hit the gym in a great new outfit rather than that boxy T-shirt and baggy shorts. So kit yourself out in some flattering fitness gear. Because when you look good, you feel good—and you’ll be more likely to look forward to working out.
5. Get set.
Even if you are totally focused on getting fit, finding the time to work out is often the biggest hurdle to actually doing it. Make the transition seamless by preparing everything you need to exercise well before you intend to do it. Planning a post-work run? Have your gear in a bag by the front door so you can’t miss it (or ignore it) when you walk in. Attempting an early-morning workout? Take time the night before to lay out your clothes (down to your underwear, shoes and socks), so all you have to do is roll out of your bed and roll into the gym.
Words by – Vanessa Toby