workout motivation

Over the past years I’ve had my fair share of motivated mornings and not so motivated mornings. When I get out of a workout routine, sometimes it can feel like I literally have to rip myself out of bed to go to the gym.

I get how hard it can be to convince yourself to get out of your comfortable, cozy, soft, heavenly bed and go for a run or to a bootcamp class. It hardly sounds like a fair exchange.

But there are some incredibly effective tips and techniques that I’ve implemented over the past few years that have helped me maintain my workout motivation and a steady 5-days a week routine, even when I’m traveling.

I have 30 of these tips (yes 30) that I’m going to share with you today. I’m sharing so many because if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there is no one-size-fits-all formula for anything, especially not maintaining motivation to workout.

If you really want to create lasting positive changes in your life, you have to be willing to experiment with various techniques to find the ones that work best for you. So pick a few a week and see how they work and then stay as consistent as possible to see if they have staying power.

However, here’s an important note: You may find that one technique works really well for a few weeks, but then wears off. So be proactive and see what others you can implement to keep you on track.

I’ve split these tips up into several sections that will help you stay motivated and inspired before, during and after your workouts.

i want you to get as much staying power as possible and be able to have tools to use at any point along the way to overcome challenges you may experience.

 

OVERALL MINDSET

  • Don’t exercise to lose weight. Exercise to be healthy, love your body and feel good!
  • Surround yourself with inspiration (stories, quotes, images, etc.)
  • Give yourself permission to start slow
  • Let go of results and make the habit the goal
  • Stay active throughout the day, don’t just focus on gym time
  • Choose workouts you enjoy (remember, look for solutions, not excuses!)

NIGHT BEFORE A WORKOUT

  • Get to bed at a reasonable time so you can wake up early
  • Set your intention the night before that you’ll get restful sleep and wake up refreshed
  • Set 2 alarms, preferably one across the room
  • Put your workout clothes out the night before
  • Pack your gym bag the night before
  • Schedule your workouts into your calendar

MORNING

  • Drink a glass of water immediately and do a light stretch to wake your body up
  • Put your workout clothes on immediately when you wake up or before you leave the office
  • Put on some upbeat music BEFORE you workout
  • Set small goals
  • Do a 5-10 minute visualization before your workout of yourself feeling energized, fit and amazing

DURING

  • Create a killer playlist
  • Breathe positive mantras and energy into your body
  • Look for stop and go points as you run
  • Focus on finishing rather than how fast you go (it’s ok to slow down, but don’t give up)

AFTER

  • Give gratitude to your body and yourself
  • Share your progress on social media
  • Link your positive habit with another, by having a healthy post-workout meal
  • Take a moment to pause, stretch and feel into your body

Some more…

  • Hire a trainer
  • Pay for a class or gym membership
  • Find a workout buddy
  • Announce your health journey on social media
  • Buy some new sneakers/workout gear (invest in your health)

What are some of your favorite ways to stay motivated to workout? Share your comments below!

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boxing

Do you ever start to workout and then 10 minutes into it, you begin thinking…

“How am I going to get through this?”
“This feels so hard!”
“I’m so out of shape and weak. This is never going to happen!”
“I want a cheeseburger!”

If you’re being hard on yourself because you feel doubtful, know that we all feel that way and that’s 100% ok

In fact, it’s great!

When you feel that discomfort it’s a sign that you’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and growing so embrace it!

What you think may be proof of your weaknesses or inabilities is actually proof that you have what it takes and you’re closer to achieving what it is that you want.

Let me explain…
Last year, I started to feel really bored with my workout routine. I could feel my motivation dwindling and the excuses to not workout rising. I knew I needed to change things up so for a few months, I began trying out several of the fitness studios throughout New York City.

Remember to always focus more attention on being proactive to situations (“what could be another solution?”), rather than reactive (“I hate this, this isn’t working.”)

For the past few years I’ve pretty much been a gym rat, runner and occasional yogi.

I start every day with an hour of meditation and visualization, a bit of reading and then workout. All of this has provided me with a sense of calm, fulfillment and focus that I’ve never experienced before.

In my quest for a new workout that would inspire me, I finally came across Title Boxing Club.

Boxing always seemed so aggressive to me. To be honest, it straight up intimidated me. I had never tried it and I had no idea what I was doing, but really, what did I have to lose?

Here’s the thing about fitness classes…no one in the class cares about what you’re doing. Everyone is there for themselves, so make a fool of yourself, make mistakes…no one is even paying attention. Be there for you.

So I went…and then I went again…and then I went again.

14 years in NYC and this was the first gym I ever bought a membership to. I never thought I’d be into boxing, but it’s one of the best workouts I’ve ever had and a huge reason I travel 30 minutes across town to get there every time I go.

After taking a few months off last year due to some personal issues I had to deal with, I recently started going again and not only have I seen my body get back into better shape, but my mind has as well.

Yup..boxing is a mind, body and soul experience. Yoga isn’t the only workout that hits you at all levels. Continue reading


veggie balls

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been testing out ALOHA’s 21-Day Real Food Detox.

It’s a program all about eating real food that’s simple, easy to make and delicious.

The goal of the detox is to help reduce inflammation and digestive issues within the body, calm cravings and inspire you to create an enjoyable healthy lifestyle.

I’m not the biggest fan of detoxes and cleanses, but I love ALOHA’s products and when they asked me to test this one out, I had to give it a go.

My diet was already pretty clean, but I did have to remove a few other foods that I normally eat to stick to the plan.

Although not easy, what I loved most about it was that it really made me fall back in love with cooking and creating recipes again, something I did a lot of in the past.

Although the program provides some delicious recipes, many of which I tried out, I loved coming up with my own with the ingredients I could use. It was fun, therapeutic and honestly made me feel great to explore new recipes again.

I’ll be posting a full review of the detox in about a week once it’s over, but for now, I wanted to share one of my latest recipes that I created and which is detox-approved…Lentil Mushroom Veggie Balls.

These lentil-mushroom veggie balls are so incredibly flavorful and loved pairing it with the spaghetti squash and vegan kale pesto. Of course feel free to use these any way you would use regular meat balls. They are moist, delicious and I guarantee even if you’re a carnivore, you’ll love them!

veggie balls


 

Lentil MUSHROOM Veggie Balls

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked lentils
8oz. cremini or baby bella mushrooms
1/4 cup raw walnuts
2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
1-2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp chopped fresh sage
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp oregano or italian seasoning
Sea salt + pepper to taste
1/2 cup cooked quinoa (can probably sub rolled oats)
2 1/2 tbsp gluten free bread crumbs

Directions:
1. In a food processor, pulse lentils, mushrooms and walnuts until it creates a slightly lumpy mixture. Set aside

2. In a small bowl, mix flax seeds with 5-6 Tbsp of water. Set aside.
3. Heat coconut oil in a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add in onions. Sautee for about 5-7 minutes until translucent. Add in garlic. Sautee for another 30 seconds.

4. Add in 2 tsps rice vinegar, then chopped herbs. Stir and let cook for about a minute.

5. Add in mushroom-lentil mixture and mix well. Season with sea salt and pepper.

6. Mix in cooked quinoa, breadcrumbs and flax eggs. Turn off eat, put into a bowl and let mixture sit until it’s cook enough to handle by hand. Preheat oven to 350F at this time.

7. Once mixture has cooled, scoop and roll into small golf ball sized balls and put into a greased muffin tin. I used a silicon muffin tray. Bake for 30-35 min until golden brown.

You can serve this over roasted spaghetti squash (Preheat oven to 400F, cut spaghetti squash in half, scoop out seeds, brush cut sides with olive oil or coconut oil, place on baking sheet, cut side up and roast for 40-45 minutes. Once done and slightly cooled, use a fork to scrape out inside.)

It was delicious with my vegan kale pesto. You can find the recipe here.

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