5 Tips for Staying Motivated to Exercise

Staying motivated to workout on a consistent basis isn’t easy. We’ve all had those days when we’re feeling tired, unmotivated or even just plain lazy. But when you push through the tough days, you’ll come out stronger on the other side. We caught up with some of our Charleston coaches to get their tips for staying motivated to exercise.

Create a Schedule

Plan your workouts in advance and schedule them into your week like you would with any other important commitment. Coach Dani says that making a schedule and sticking to it will help you avoid double booking yourself with other appointments or meetings. It also helps make exercise a regular part of your routine.

“The hardest part is getting there, but once I’m there it’s always worth it. I like to remind myself how great I feel after I’m done working out,” she said.

Find a Workout Buddy or Fitness Community

Calling all members of the Grit Gang! Surround yourself with people that motivate you and hype you up.

“I love seeing individuals pushing themselves and each other. There isn’t a class that goes by where someone isn’t smiling, dancing, or commenting about the ass-kicking community they return to every day,” Coach Brittany said.

Having a friend or group to workout with can help keep you motivated and accountable.

“Having someone reach out to workout with you or looking forward to seeing your people at the gym is a great way to stay motivated,” Dani said. “It becomes easier to stay consistent because you actually want to go!”

Embrace the SuckCoach Megan at Grit Box Fitness Charleston

Coach Megan says that staying disciplined helps her push past the discomfort and embrace the challenge.

“The truth is, I’m not always motivated to workout. Instead, what keeps me going is staying disciplined. When I’m disciplined, I become consistent,” she said. “I’m also aware and accept that setbacks are normal. The mental and physical challenges we endure and push through are there for a reason. They are there to help guide us to reach that next level. So instead of looking the other way, embrace all the challenges. Look them dead in the face and fight back.”

She says that her mindset also helps her stay on track and stay consistent.

“By changing and shifting to a winning mindset, you develop resilience to your distractions. Staying disciplined will help you stay consistent. Staying consistent will help feed your motivation,” Megan said.

Cody said that he likes to think about how he feels when he doesn’t workout—mentally and physically.

“I also like to remind myself how lucky I am to have the ability to control my own mental and physical health through exercise. An opportunity that many people don’t have,” he said.

Set Attainable Goals

Goals are meant to enhance your life, not cause additional stress or pressure. Coach Dani suggests setting long-term and short-term goals for yourself.

“Setting short-term goals allows you to celebrate little wins throughout your fitness routine,” she said. “It can also keep you motivated and in a positive mindset.”

Have Fun

When you find activities that you actually enjoy, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Try out a variety of workouts and find the ones that you look forward to doing.

“Don’t be afraid to try something new!” Caroline said. “Finding something you love doing is one of the best ways to create a consistent routine.”

If you’re ready to try something new or are looking for a fitness community to join, come kick it with us and try a free class at Grit Box!