Apologies for the lack of posts. It’s been a crazy few days, but I’m getting back in action. I have a lot of recipes coming your way (pumpkin, anyone?) but in the meantime, let’s chat about what motivates us to stay healthy.
I’m usually a morning person. My alarm goes off, and after a brief debate with my pillow, I get up and going pretty easily. I like getting a good workout in first thing. It kick-starts my day, gives me energy at work, and starts me off on a healthy track.
Lately, however, I’ve been really struggling. I don’t know what it is, but when my alarm goes off at 6:30am, I sit up, turn it off, reset it for 8, and crawl back under the covers. No matter how determined I am the night before I just can’t seem to muster up the motivation or energy to get up. Sometimes, I even go as far as getting out of bed, going to the bathroom, and coming back to get dressed for the gym – only to give in to the lure of my squishy pillow.
The only time I’ve actually been able to get up the past few weeks was when I had Wednesday morning spin class. I had to reserve a spot in the class, so if I didn’t go, I’d be taking a bike away from someone that could have gotten their butt out of bed to make it to the class. I realized it was being held accountable that motivated me.
What can I do to be held accountable the other days of the week? I would love to have a workout buddy, but most of my fitness-minded friends either live in the city or prefer evening workouts. I needed to enlist some help.
Who better to help support me than my very supportive boyfriend? I realized he wakes up around 6:45 every morning for work, so I simply asked him to text me when he wakes up to make sure that I’m awake. By being held accountable to respond to his wake up text, I’ll have to do just that: wake up! When I tell someone I’m going to do something, I don’t want to disappoint, even if they really won’t be affected at all. So far, it’s worked brilliantly. I’ve gotten up early the past 3 days to get in a workout and plan to do the same tomorrow.
Self-motivation can be tough, but enlisting other people can be very helpful. If you need motivation to get up in the morning, try finding a workout buddy. If, like me, you can’t find one, tell someone that you plan on working out in the morning and ask him or her to help you stick to your word.
Then, once you get to the gym or hit the streets for a run, use this site to earn points and feel even better about your motivated, fit little self!
What do you use as motivation to workout? How do you hold yourself accountable to stick to your workout plans and goals?