So, it’s January. The first month of the year. Everyone is still inspired to make changes for the better. I thought I would share with you all how to get motivated to get moving. My favorite and most motivated fitness periods have always been right after I have a baby. The fittest I have ever been in life is always around 6 months post birth. This is because I typically gain a lot of weight when I’m pregnant. In my normal everyday life I’m usually quite slim as I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle, which includes a whole foods diet and frequent exercise.
However, as I’ve comprehensively documented, once I get pregnant my body seems to rebel. Anything green makes me nauseous, and the simpler the carb, the more I crave it. This of course results in considerable weight gain. My last pregnancy saw me gain a total of 55 lbs!
Nothing motivates me more than getting back into shape after baby. When I’m pregnant I miss getting my heart rate up and sweating. I miss the physical cardiovascular exertion. In my last trimester I’m already mapping out my journey back to fitness and I always have a specific goal. This is what pushes me. I want to be fitter post birth than I was at the start of my pregnancy. I need to go back to my norm and live the healthy lifestyle that makes me feel good.
Every person is different and has different motivators to achieving their ideal state. People are always asking me how I do it. How I motivate myself. Here are a few ways that I do it.
Amanda’s Motivation Tips:
- The trick is to find out what really inspires you. Once you discover what that is, secure that motivation as your target. This could be joining a fitness contest (marathon for example) or being in shape for your next birthday or wedding anniversary.
- Give yourself a defined timeline. As human beings we tend to perform better when we have a set goal and date to accomplish our tasks within. This is just human nature.
- Team up. Find yourself a workout buddy or fitness motivator. Most people push themselves that little bit extra when they are accountable to both themselves and someone else. A buddy can also provide support and impetus, which really helps.
- Get kitted out. This may seem superficial but it works. Go out and buy yourself some cool workout gear. When you love what you’re wearing and it is functional you’re more likely to actually get your behind into that gym and workout or onto that track to run. Plus you don’t want to spend a lot of money on gear that you don’t use.
- Get App’d. These days they have an app for everything under the sun. Take advantage of this. Get an app that helps you track your weight and exercise. Find one that helps you with your diet. These will help you stay on your wellness journey.
- Lastly, but most importantly: Be both hard and easy on yourself. Only you know what you can do and how much you can take. The secret is knowing when to push yourself and when you need give yourself a break. It is a fine line but one that you should master because in the end the only one who loses out if you go to extremes (either too hard core or too lazy) is you.